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.’

Bloomberg News

‘A classy, detailed, heartfelt piece full of rich music and quality writing.’

Chicago Tribune

‘A big, beautiful, glorious show.’


‘Remarkable! A show for everyone who loves musicals. Don’t dare miss this!’



Music & Lyrics

Andrew Lippa


John August

Director & Choreographer

Susan Stroman

Scenic Design

Julian Crouch

Lighting Design

Don Holder

Projection Design

Benjamin Pearcy for 59

Lead Animator

Lawrence Watson for 59

Artistic Producer

Elyse Dodgson

Produced by

Big Fish Broadway Limited