“Big Fish,” Tim Burton’s 2003 magical realism drama, is the source of a musical that will open at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway this October, with previews starting in April, The Wrap reported. The book is by the film’s screenwriter John August, with Andrew Lippa writing the music.
Burton will not have direct involvement, nor will Danny Elfman, who composed the film’s music.
The cast includes Norbert Leo Butz, playing the Ewan McGregor part, and Kate Baldwin as Alison Lohman’s character.
The film, based on a novel by Daniel Wallace, is about a man who’s always had an uneasy relationship with his now-dying father, a prodigious spinner of tale tales. Much of the film’s running time is taken up by the tall tales themselves, until it concludes in heartbreaking fashion.
“Big Fish” wasn’t a big hit and won no Oscars, but I named it the best film of that year and remains one of my all-time favorites. If the musical can capture even a little bit of the movie’s magic, I can’t wait to see it.