BIC Announces Dates for The Pre-Broadway Engagement of BIG FISH Starring Norbert Leo Butz Running April 21-May 5, 2013

shows-bigfishBIG FISH, a new musical based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the 2003 Columbia Pictures film written by John August, will star Norbert Leo Butz as Edward Bloom, and have its pre-Broadway world premiere at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre (24 West Randolph Street) in a limited 5-week engagement beginning performances Tuesday, April 2, 2013, opening Sunday, April 21, 2013, and playing through Sunday, May 5, 2013. Tickets on sale Monday, February 4, 2013.

BIG FISH is directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman, with music and lyrics by Grammy and Tony Award nominee Andrew Lippa, a book by Grammy and BAFTA Award nominee John August, scenic design by Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award winner Julian Crouch, costume design by five-time Tony Award winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by two-time Tony Award winner Donald Holder, sound design by Los Angeles Drama Critics Award winner Jon Weston, with projection design by Drama Desk Award winner Benjamin Pearcy for 59 Productions. Big Fish is produced by Dan Jinks, Bruce Cohen and Stage Entertainment with Roy Furman, The Nederlander Organization, John Domo and Broadway Across America.

A rollicking fantasy set in the American South, Big Fish centers on the charismatic Edward Bloom, whose impossible stories of his epic adventures frustrate his son Will. As Edward’s final chapter approaches, Will embarks on his own journey to find out who his father really is, revealing the man behind the myth, the truth from the tall tales. Overflowing with heart, humor and inventive stagecraft, Big Fish is an inspirational tribute to the power of family, dreaming big and the unpredictable adventure of life itself.

“Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions” by Daniel Wallace was first printed in 1998. In December 2003, a critically acclaimed film of Big Fish was released by Columbia Pictures directed by Tim Burton, starring Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lang and Helena Bonham Carter. The film was nominated for an Academy Award, Grammy Award, 4 Golden Globe Awards and 7 BAFTA Awards.

Tickets for Big Fish at the Oriental Theatre range in price from $33-$100. A select number of premium seats are also available for many performances. Tickets are available now for groups of 15 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Kiosk at Water Tower Place (845 N. Michigan Ave.), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations, and online at Big Fish is part of Broadway In Chicago’s 2013 Spring Season, which is currently on sale through January 7, 2013.

Julian Crouch (Scenic Design). On Broadway Mr. Crouch designed and c0-directed The Adams Family (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards). With Phelim McDermott, he recently designed and associate directed Philip Glass’ Satyagraha, in collaboration with the English National Opera and the Met, as well as the Met’s 125th Anniversary Gala. As co-founder of London’s Improbable Theatre with McDermott, the two collaborated on the international sensation Shockheaded Peter. Other Improbable productions include Animo, 70 Hill Lane, Lifegame, Coma, Spirit, Sticky, Cinderella, The Hanging Man, Stars Are Out Tonight and The Wolves in the Walls. Designs include Dr. Faustus, Improbable Tales, The Servant of Two Masters, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Jerry Springer: The Opera, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Dr. Atomic at the Met. He is designing the set and costumes for Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella (Dutch National and San Francisco Ballets).

William Ivey Long (Costume Design) Broadway credits include Rodger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Leap of Faith, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, Catch Me If You Can, Chicago (now in its 17th year), Grey Gardens, The Boy From Oz, Little Shop of Horrors, Hairspray, The Producers, The Music Man, Contact, Cabaret, Smokey Joe’s Café, Guy and Dolls, Crazy for You, Six Degrees of Separation, Lend Me A Tenor, Nine and the upcoming Cinderella and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Mr. Long has 11 Tony Award nominations, winning five times. In January 2006, he was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.

Donald Holder (Lighting Design) Broadway credits include: Golden Boy; Annie; Leap of Faith; Spiderman Turn Off the Dark; Arcadia; Promises, Promises; Come Fly Away; The Motherf**ker With the Hat; South Pacific (2008 Tony Award); Ragtime; Les Liaisons Dangereuses; A Streetcar Named Desire; Gem of the Ocean; Movin’ Out; Juan Darien (all Tony-nominated); The Lion King (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards); Cyrano de Begerac, The Little Dog Laughed; Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Boy From Oz; Little Shop of Horrors; Radio Golf; and the upcoming Golden Boy and Annie. Television: “Smash” season one (NBC, DreamWorks).

Jon Weston (Sound Designer) Broadway: How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying; 13; LES MISERABLES; The Color Purple; The Glass Menagerie; Caroline, or Change (AUDELCO Award); Nine; Imaginary Friends; Thoroughly Modern Millie; The Green Bird; It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues; On the Town; Company (Lincoln Center); Man of La Mancha. Off-Broadway/regional: Death Takes A Holiday (Drama Desk nomination); Bloodsong of Love: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Spaghetti Western; Wonderland; Parade; The First Wives Club; Rooms…; A Little Night Music (LA Drama Critics Award); Himself & Nora; The Thing About Men; tick, tick…BOOM!; Bright Lights, Big City; Family Guy, Live!.

59 PRODUCTIONS (Projection Design) specializes in the design and integration of film and projection technology into live performance and artistic environments including theatres, concert venues, galleries and museums. Recent work includes: Messiah (Opéra de Lyon); London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony; Night Train; Al Gran Sole Carico D’Amore; The Enchanted Island (Met Opera); War Horse (Toronto/Lincoln Center/NT); Dark Sisters; Dr Dee; Two Boys (Met Opera); Satyagraha (Met Opera); Five Truths; Fink ‘Perfect Darkness’ world tour; Roald Dahl’s ‘Twisted Tales’ (Lyric Hammersmith); Beauty and the Beast; Invitus Invitam (Royal Ballet); Duke Special: Steiglitz, Steichen Strand Tour; The Goldberg Project (Royal Ballet); Fräuleine Julie; Jonsi ‘Go’ World Tour; LES MISERABLES World Tour; Idomeneo, The Pearl Fishers and Messiah; Thyestes; Al Gran Sole Carico D’Amore (Salzburg Festival); Wunschkonzert; 125th Gala Anniversary (Met Opera); After Dido (Young Vic); Waves (Lincoln Center); Dr Atomic (Met Opera); The Minotaur and Salome; Cherry Blossom; Dorian Grey; …some trace of her; Seven Deadly Sins (Royal Ballet); Attempts on Her Life; Roam; Sweet Fanny Adams in Eden. Forthcoming work includes: Two Boys at the Metropolitan Opera and Feast (Young Vic).