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BIG FISH Reviews

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LimelightMike
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BIG FISH Reviews
Posted: 10/6/13 at 02:26pm
Today is Sunday, October 6, marking the official opening night of BIG FISH on Broadway! Starring Norbert Leo Butz, Kate Baldwi, and Bobby Steggert, the show includes a book by John August and original score by Andrew Lippa. Direction and choreography by Susan Stroman. BIG FISH plays the Neil Simon Theatre.

Please, post reviews here as they roll in!

Best to all involved!

- M :)
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ClaraJohnson
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joined:5/20/13
BIG FISH Reviews
Posted: 10/6/13 at 05:46pm
I'd say mixed-to-positive from Chicago Tribune. Loves Norbert and the emotional core of the story. Says a lot was fixed from Chicago, but he makes a lot of apologies for the rest.
Review: Chicago Tribune 'Big Fish' Broadway
ClaraJohnson
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BIG FISH Reviews
Posted: 10/6/13 at 05:51pm
Negative - two stars. Didn't go for any of it.




Review: amNY 'Big Fish' Broadway
Updated On: 10/6/13 at 05:51 PM
ClaraJohnson
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BIG FISH Reviews
Posted: 10/6/13 at 07:24pm
Mixed from TimeOut - 3 stars out of 5. Adam Feldman felt it should've been great but instead it's "the one that got away." He pretty much blames Andrew Lippa's score, saying that everyone else did a good job.

Review: TimeOut 'Big Fish' Broadway
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Dollypop
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Posted: 10/6/13 at 07:40pm
Lippa's score is okay. It's the overblown production that does this one in.

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Updated On: 10/6/13 at 07:40 PM
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Scarywarhol
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Posted: 10/6/13 at 07:46pm
I would agree that the production is even worse than the score, but that's about the only favorable comparison I can put the music and especially lyrics in.
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Dollypop
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Posted: 10/6/13 at 07:50pm
I said the score was merely "okay". During intermission, I mentioned to my companion that I would have loved to hear what Jerry Herman could have come up with if he did the score. Not only did my companion agree, but so did several people who overheard the conversation.
"Long live God!" (GODSPELL)
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Kad
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Posted: 10/6/13 at 08:10pm
3 stars is a pretty fair assessment of it.
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ACL2006
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Posted: 10/6/13 at 08:20pm
yep. should be the general reviews for everyone. mixed-to-positive(3 stars out of 5).
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WiCkEDrOcKS
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Posted: 10/6/13 at 08:31pm
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Updated On: 10/6/13 at 08:31 PM
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WiCkEDrOcKS
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BIG FISH Reviews
Posted: 10/6/13 at 09:04pm
NY Post is mixed, with 2 1/2 out of 4 stars: http://nypost.com/2013/10/06/hack-score-undermines-broadway-version-of-big-fish/

Hollywood Reporter is mixed: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/big-fish-theater-review-644026

Most of the reviews seem to echo my final thoughts about it; for such a fantastical show, the book and score are surprisingly uninspired and ordinary.
Current Avatar: Tony-winner Idina Menzel, delivering a sucker-punch of an 11:00 number, "Always Starting Over," in IF/THEN.
Updated On: 10/6/13 at 09:04 PM
indytallguy
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BIG FISH Reviews
Posted: 10/6/13 at 09:06pm
"hack score" from the Post. Ouch.
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uncageg
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Posted: 10/6/13 at 09:43pm
Saw it and, for me, Lippa's score is the main problem. I had no problem with the book. And it is beautiful to look at.
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Jay Lerner-Z
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Posted: 10/6/13 at 09:45pm
Had Jerry Herman been linked to this in past?
indytallguy
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Posted: 10/6/13 at 09:49pm
So much in Mark Kennedy's AP review is just ridiculous.
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WiCkEDrOcKS
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Posted: 10/6/13 at 10:07pm
Variety is mostly positive, although I have no idea what show she saw, judging by this quote: "Resisting the usual Broadway tendency toward over-production, this show is perfectly scaled to the modest level of Edward's boyish daydreams. Invention, not excess, seems to be the dominant house rule[...]"

http://variety.com/2013/legit/reviews/broadway-review-big-fish-1200700284/

NY Times (Brantley) is mixed to negative: http://theater.nytimes.com/2013/10/07/theater/reviews/susan-stroman-directs-big-fish-on-broadway.html

USA Today is mixed, with 2 1/2 out of 4 stars: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/theater/2013/10/06/broadway-review-big-fish/2920353/
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Updated On: 10/6/13 at 10:07 PM
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HeyMrMusic
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BIG FISH Reviews
Posted: 10/6/13 at 10:16pm
Variety says a Norman Leo Butz is the lead actor in the show. That's news to me.
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Mr Roxy
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Posted: 10/6/13 at 10:16pm
TDF here we come
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massofmen
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Posted: 10/6/13 at 10:20pm
brantley is negative. Lets be honest.
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WiCkEDrOcKS
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Posted: 10/6/13 at 10:22pm
He has some commendable things to say about the visual aspects of the show, as well as the cast.
Current Avatar: Tony-winner Idina Menzel, delivering a sucker-punch of an 11:00 number, "Always Starting Over," in IF/THEN.
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jonartdesigns
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Posted: 10/6/13 at 10:34pm
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according to brantley's (rather handy) site his review is Negative. The thumb has spoken

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massofmen
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Posted: 10/6/13 at 10:35pm
exactly. Its negative. "the sets are pretty and Bobby steggert is a cutie". is essentially what he said.
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WiCkEDrOcKS
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BIG FISH Reviews
Posted: 10/6/13 at 10:38pm
Changed it to mixed/negative.

But for the record, DidHeLikeIt.com is not directly affiliated with Brantley in any way. Nor is it affiliated with The NY Times. It's not "his" site.
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CapnHook
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Posted: 10/6/13 at 10:48pm
DidHeLikeIt.com is owned by producer Ken Davenport. It has absolutely no affiliation with Ben Brantley nor the NY Times. (Why would the NY Times, nor any other review publication, link to OTHER reviews?)
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Neverandy
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Posted: 10/6/13 at 11:48pm
I saw this show in the second week of previews and I was astounded that the people around me were so into it while I was unmoved. Brantley summed up my thoughts about this show almost exactly. NLB, among many other talented people in this cast, deserve much better work from the creative team than what they were given with this show.
Other than that, did you enjoy the play Mrs Lincoln?
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RippedMan
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Posted: 10/6/13 at 11:50pm
I don't see how Brantley can commend Steggart's singing. He was warbling horribly. Sounded like Sarah Brightman getting choked.

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