Big Fish

Big Fish

  • Genre Musical
  • Stage Music Theatre
  • Premiere22. April 2023
  • Length3:00 hod.
  • Number of reprises27
  • Price 670 - 720 Kč

Mystical musical

Edward Bloom is an ordinary man, but an extraordinary father. He has always told his son Will stories about his life full of fantasy, beauty, love and adventure; stories that were filled with witches, giants, mermaids and heroic deeds that went beyond the boundaries of believability. Thus, by his stories, he built the myth of the immortal hero in the eyes of his son. The adult Will, however, is tired of his father’s fantastic stories and insists on a rational, not fantastic, description of his life. When Edward’s health deteriorates and Will learns that he and his wife Josephine are going to have a son of their own, Will decides to uncover his father’s “true” life story once and for all, to find out who his father really is...

Big Fish is a powerful and magical musical about the stories we use to define our identity. About the importance of imagination in human life, about how we can live forever in moments of true love, about how we can discover magic even in the most ordinary moments of our lives.

Broadway musical Big Fish based on the novel by Daniel Wallace Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions from 1998 and from Tim Burton’s award-winning film Big Fish from 2003. The screenplay for the musical, which was introduced on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre in 2013, was written by John August, who also wrote the film script and is credited as a screenwriter on other Burton films, such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Corpse Bride (2005) and Frankenweenie (2012). The catchy music and witty lyrics come from Andrew Lippa, who is also the author of music and lyrics for the musical The Addams Family.


  • Andrew Lippa
  • John August

Directed by

Assistant director


Music production




Assistant choreography

Theatrical backdrop projections

  • Petr Hloušek

Music adaption

  • Karel Albrecht, Daniel Kyzlink


  • Zdeněk Helbich


  • Jaroslav Milfajt


  • Petr Hloušek, Tino Kratochvil

Umělecký záznam a střih představení

  • Dalibor Černák

vocal production

  • Karel Škarka

Sound supervision

  • Filip Barák


  • Stanislav Moša

Light direction

  • David Kachlíř

Sound Direction

  • Michal Hula

Will Bloom,  Sherif

Mladý Will, Chlapeček, Skaut

Amos Calloway, Vize

Don Price, Sumec A, Vize, 1. Rybář, Rudý tesák

Zacky Price, Sumec B, Vize, 2. Rybář

Mořská panna, 1. Čarodějka, 1. Showgirl, 1. Cowboyka

Dr. Bennet, Vize, Rozhodčí, Starosta Ashtonu, Vzpěrač, 1. Profesor, Generál Patterson, Soudce

Vize, 2. Čarodějka, 1. Družička, 1. Návštěvnice parku, 1. Obyvatelka Ashtonu, Uklízečka, 1. Studentka, 2. Showgirl, 1. Holka ze šantánu, Amosova sekretářka, 1. Účastnice pohřbu

Vize, 1. Rybářka, 3. Čarodějnice, 1. Svatebčanka, Sestřička, 1. Mažoretka, 1. Tanečnice, 1. Profesorka, Oheň, 3. Showgirl, 2. Holka ze šantánu, 5. Obyvatelka Ashtonu, 2. Účastnice pohřbu

Vize, 4. Čarodějka, 2. Družička, 2. Návštěvnice parku, 2. Obyvatelka Ashtonu, Žena na hrazdě, 4. Showgirl, Hostinská, 3. Účastnice pohřbu

Vize, 2. Rybářka, 5. Čarodějka, 3. Družička, 3. Návštěvnice parku, 2. Mažoretka - Roztleskávačka, Dívka s kočičkou, Žonglérka, 5. Showgirl, 3. Holka ze šantánu, 4. Účastnice pohřbu

Vize, 3. Rybářka, 6. Čarodějka, Číšnice, 4. Návštěvnice parku, Učitelka chemie, 3. Obyvatelka Ashtonu, Hadí žena, 2. Profesorka, 6. Showgirl, 2. Cowboyka, Dívka z farmy, 5. Účastnice pohřbu

Vize, Mořská panna II., 4. Rybářka,7. Čarodějka, 2. Svatebčanka, 5. Návštěvnice parku, 4. Obyvatelka Ashtonu, 1. Tanečnice, 1. Studentka, 7. Showgirl, 1. Panička, 6. Účastnice pohřbu

Vize, 5. Rybářka, 8. Čarodějka, 3. Svatebčanka, Doktorka, 6. Návštěvnice parku, 3. Mažoretka, Artistka, 2. Studentka, 8. Showgirl, 4. Holka ze šantánu, 6. Obyvatelka Ashtonu, Karlova sekretářka, 7. Účastnice pohřbu

Vize, 9. Čarodějka, 4. Svatebčanka, 2. Panička, 7. Obyvatelka Ashtonu

Vize, Frustrovaný rybář, Otec, 1. Demonstrant, 1. Obyvatel Ashtonu, Žonglér, 1. Slon, 2. Profesor, 1. Skaut, 1. Voják, Indián, 1. Účastník pohřbu

Vize, 3. Rybář, 1. Svatebčan, 1. Návštěvník parku, 2. Demonstrant, Kadeřník v Ashtonu, Artista na kole, 1. Student, 2. Skaut, 2. Voják, 2. Cowboy, 2. Účastník pohřbu

Vize, 4. Rybář, Houslista, 2. Svatebčan, 2. Návštěvník parku, 2. Obyvatel Ashtonu - Bojovník, 1. Artista, 2. Slon, 2. Student, 4. Voják, 3. Cowboy, 3. Účastník pohřbu

Vize, 5. Rybář, Číšník, 3. Návštěvník parku, 3. Obyvatel Ashtonu - Učitel, 1. Zřízenec, 3. Profesor, 1. Důstojník, Hostinský, 4. Účastník pohřbu

Vize, 6. Rybář, 3. Svatebčan, 4. Návštěvník parku, 3. Demonstrant, 4. Obyvatel Ashtonu - Farmář, 2. Zřízenec, 3. Student, 2. Důstojník, 1. Cowboy, 5. Účastník pohřbu

Vize, 7. Rybář, 4. Svatebčan, 5. Návštěvník parku, Hráč amerického fotbalu, 5. Obyvatel Ashtonu, 2. Artista, 3. Slon, 4. Student, 3. Skaut, 3. Voják, 4. Cowboy, 6. Účastník pohřbu

Another epic family musical on the stage of Brno City Theatre

Iva Bryndová 26. April 2023 zdroj

(...) Brno City Theatre has prepared another epic musical for the whole family. Directed by Stanislav Moša a giant, a witch, a mermaid, a werewolf, all came to life in Alabama, a small town in America where other people live their ordinary lives. Not satisfied with this ordinary life, Edward decided to become a hero and has been telling his incredible stories to his son since his childhood, during which he was often away as a business traveller.

In Christoph Weyers’s imaginative set design, a kind of illustration of a family house in Alabama and Edward’s hometown (complete with its main landmarks) or a circus manege is created by using quite simple features, often just canvas walls, and these are then transformed into a cave or a forest, especially with the use of distinctive lights (lighting direction by David Kachlíř) and projections by Petr Hloušek. The costumes of Andrea and Adéla Kučerovy faithfully illustrate every situation.

The company, choreographed by Michal Matěj, dances and sings in the style of classic great musicals and the protagonists of the main roles give excellent, complex performances. – At least as far as the opening night cast is concerned. Its stars were clearly Lukáš Janota as Edward Bloom and Radka Coufalová as his wife Sandra. 

Without a single hesitation, Lukáš Janota was able to portray on stage the character of an eternal dreamer, a hero, an adventurer who perhaps makes up some stories and makes them his own, but never stops enjoying them and his life to the fullest. He handled both the image of a teenager and a young man and the character of a young father enthusiastically telling his son all his stories, and equally well the aging man who, although dying of a serious illness, does not understand his now grown-up son and fails to see eye to eye with him. 
Radka Coufalová portrayed a similarly extensive character in terms of time range. She appears on stage in the chronology of the plot, first as a college student, then as the greatest beauty of Edward’s narratives, and then as a loving mother, of a young boy and later of a grown-up son who is getting married and does not understand his father. 
Both Janota and Coufalová were also in an excellent vocal form. Radka Coufalová’s solo I Don’t Need a Roof it in the second half was one of the biggest and strongest moments of the evening. Similarly, Daniel Ryme3 presented himself in excellent form as their son William, to whom, like the representatives of Edward and Sandra, the musical offered not only a lot of acting but also singing space. 
The role of William’s fiancée and then newlywed Josephine is mostly dramatic, and the masterful performance of Eliška Skálová was convincing. (...)

Brno City Theatre has once again prepared a high-quality epic musical which, in addition to the distinctive artistic aspect, is adorned with rich choreography, many great classical musical numbers and excellent performances, both by the balanced company and in the leading and supporting roles. (...)

Big Fish: A successful musical about imagination and complicated relationships

Luboš Mareček 23. April 2023 zdroj

The Czech premiere of the Broadway musical Big Fish took place yesterday at the Music Theatre of the Brno City Theatre. (...)

The Big Fish musical is actually a three-hour musical theatre about the importance of imagination in human life. It highlights the fact that we can discover magic even in the most ordinary moments of our lives. What does it matter that we use exaggeration to do so... On top of that, this is also about the important budding of intergenerational relationships between sons and their fathers, about how we perceive and understand the complicated world around us. Everything in the musical is underlined by a large dose of absurdity. Big Fish is really quite an intricately constructed stage work comprising thirty-eight scenes and nearly two hundred characters. (...) The colourful theatrical story is also varied musically, and Lippa’s music goes to contrasts, using retro echoes of American music from Alabama of those years. And you can also hear variations on fiddle style, i.e. traditional folk music from the aforementioned American region with everything that goes with it. A more experienced listener will recognise, for example, the washboard or dobro, an instrument used mainly in country music and bluegrass (American folk music), but also in blues music, to which some of the nineteen musical numbers are also close. Of course, one will also hear a banjo or mandolin. However, it is not only about the songs, but also about a large area of purely scenic music, which sounds live in a very dynamic and flawless performance under the baton of Emma Mikešková. (...) Moša with set designer Christoph Weyers and costume designers Andrea and Adéla Kučerovy and in accordance with the theme of the text does not stage realistic illusionary theatre, but also tries to play with puppets and fantasy scenery, whether it is three dancing elephants, a four-metre cannon or projected shots from the water world. The over-sized desk of Karl the giant with a lively and equally huge secretary swinging her massive legs, or perhaps an animated campfire in the form of a luscious dancer, is a treat gratefully received by the audience. The abstract or suggestive backdrops of an Alabama town are resolved with components made of white wooden slats. The costumes logically use circus colours and also glitter.

The singing protagonists draw deserved attention to themselves. However, it is not only about the bravura of singing, but in the case of Lukáš Janota and Radka Coufalová as the central married couple Edward and Sandy, it is also about believable time travel. And both succeed in suggesting to the audience the youth and age of their heroes. The often lightning-fast changings of clothes suggesting these generational transitions, handled with dignity by both, also deserve appreciation. They are the ideal performers and give the musical that grown-up juice, mastering the frolicsome grimaces of the teenagers and the weighty sentiment of life at its end. The same goes for Daniel Rymeš as Bloom’s son Will. Excellent magical figures performed by Dušan Vitázek as hulk Karl (thundering through the port) and Jiří Ressler as principal Amos with a flair for grotesque abbreviation.

The Czech premiere of the mystical musical Big Fish succeeded precisely by successfully straddling both of the two suggested positions, as well as by the directorial and theatrical treatment of how intoxicating, challenging and beneficial it can be for others to perceive the world of an individual who builds a myth about himself and whose “truths” are sometimes difficult to know.