Jess Cagle
June 14, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A perfectly nice — and grandly expensive — musical rendering of the 1988 film. Daniel Jenkins, charming and deft in the Tom Hanks role, stars as the little boy who gets his big wish, grows up overnight, and takes over a toy company. The show never inspires euphoria, but if the kids are coming along, David Shire and Richard Maltby Jr.’s engaging music and Susan Stroman’s hip choreography make Big the best alternative to Beauty and the Beast. B

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