BIG FISH's Kate Baldwin, Susan Stroman & More Set for 92Y's FROM STAGE TO SCREEN AND BACK AGAIN Tonight
92Y presents an evening with the creative team behind the new Broadway musical Big Fish, tonight, November 24 at 7:30 pm. John August (screenwriter and book of the musical); Kate Baldwin (lead actress); Bruce Cohen(film and Broadway producer); Dan Jinks (film and Broadway producer); Andrew Lippa (music and lyrics); Bobby Steggert (lead actor); Susan Stroman (Broadway director and choreographer) and Daniel Wallace (novelist) discuss the production's journey from novel to film to stage, with performances from the Broadway musical Big Fish by Baldwin and Steggert.
A bestselling book, an Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated motion picture and now a star-studded Broadway musical, Big Fish is a phenomenon growing to mythic proportions. Author Daniel Wallace notes, "No sane writer would ever dream that a little novel written in his basement laundry room, caMel Crickets attacking from all sides, would ever inspire a movie, or (really?) a musical; my only dream was to see it in the world as a book. That's why that everything that's happened to it since has seemed so fantastic and surreal."
"In all its forms, Big Fish is a tale that speaks to people on a personal and intimate level," said film and Broadway producer Dan Jinks. Big Fish celebrates transformative power stories can have to inspire us to reconnect and reconcile with those we love so that we can live our best life."
Big Fish started life as Daniel Wallace's first book, modestly subtitled A Novel of Mythic Proportions. Tim Burton, a director uniquely suited to transforming fables to film, brought the story to the big screen in 2003, with screenwriter John August. The film starred Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange and Helena Bonham Carter, and was nominated for an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, four Golden Globe Awards and seven BAFTA Awards. Working with composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa, August has now adapted his work for the stage in a new Broadway production directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman, and starring two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz, and Tony Award nominees Kate Baldwin and Bobby Seggert.
Photo by Walter McBride