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Musical version of 'Big Fish' bound for Broadway

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Big Fish Movie
Guy Ferrandis

The film-to-stage musical is alive and well. After a season chock-a-block of tuners based on movies (Elf, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Sister Act, Catch Me if You Can, Priscilla Queen of the Desert), producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen have announced a Broadway-bound musical adaptation of Big Fish. The production, with music and lyrics by Tony nominee Andrew Lippa and book by John August, will take its cues from both the 1998 Daniel Wallace source novel and August’s own script for the 2003 Tim Burton film (pictured). Five-time Tony winner (and current nominee for The Scottsboro Boys) Susan Stroman will direct and choreograph. A cast has yet to be announced for the project, which aims to grace the Great White Way in Spring 2012.

Big Fish is not the only such film-to-stage musical adaptation in the works. Newsies (with a new book by Harvey Feirstein) will debut at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse in September. Ghost the Musical opens in London this month. And Leap of Faith premiered (though to ho-hum reviews) in L.A. last year. All three have eyes on Broadway. And, of course, there’s the Rocky musical, which hopes to hit New York in 2013.

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