Broadway’s Big Fish Closes Today

Big Fish Broadway ShowBroadway will say goodbye to a number of shows as the holiday season comes to a close. Broadway shows that have been struggling to maintain an audience frequently set their closing dates for early January, taking advantage of the final burst of holiday ticket sales before the bleak winter months in which Broadway struggles the most.  However, Big Fish, which ends its run at the Neil Simon Theatre today, is concluding a bit earlier, closing its production before New Year’s Day.

Based on the book and film of the same name, Big Fish starred Norbert Leo Butz as a big dreaming traveling salesman who loved to tell tall tales. With a heart-tugging father-and-son story and big, bold set and costume designs, Big Fish captured many theatergoers’ imaginations, but unfortunately not enough to continue running.  The musical will close having played 34 previews and just under 100 regular performances.

Big Fish Opens on Broadway

Big Fish Broadway ShowThe new Broadway musical Big Fish, which began preview performances at September 5, opens today at the Neil Simon Theatre. Based on the Daniel Wallace novel and the subsequent Tim Burton film of the same name, Big Fish is scheduled for an open run.

Big Fish is about the relationship between a tall-tale telling traveling salesman named Edward Bloom and his grown son Will, who wants to find out the origin of his father’s many wild stories.

Broadway favorite Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Catch Me If You Can) stars in the Broadway production of Big Fish, and he is joined by co-stars Bobby Steggert and Kate Baldwin. Susan Stroman directs and choreographs, while Julian Crouch provides set designs.