Dream, Love, Live… Bigger!
Chicago – Apr 2013
Neil Simon Theatre – Sep 2013
Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed Columbia Pictures film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish centres on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales.
Working with 5-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman and long-time collaborator Julian Crouch, 59 Production’s Benjamin Pearcy produced the fantasy world at the centre of the show, while keeping the old-fashioned, hand-painted feel of the scenic design. Using a technique of projected painted backdrops back onto themselves to add depth and detail, Big Fish marked a development of both 59 Production’s approach to animation and its use of scenic design.
‘The melding of Julian Crouch’s “story-framing” sets, animated by grandly poetic projections of Benjamin Pearcy and by William Ivey Long’s wonderfully textured costumes, could not be more ideal.’
Chicago Sun Times
‘Spectacular. Big Fish has Big talents, a Big cast, a Big orchestra, Big production numbers and really Big special effects. Magic.’
New York Times
‘A dream musical, with one knockout dance number after another. I doubt Broadway has ever seen a prettier, more sensuous show. Enchanting.’
‘A classy, detailed, heartfelt piece full of rich music and quality writing.’
‘A big, beautiful, glorious show.’
‘Remarkable! A show for everyone who loves musicals. Don’t dare miss this!’
Music & Lyrics
Director & Choreographer
Benjamin Pearcy for 59
Lawrence Watson for 59
Big Fish Broadway Limited