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.