Photos and Video: Meet the Full Cast of Broadway's BIG FISH!
Directed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (Contact, The Producers, The Scottsboro Boys), with music and lyrics by Grammy and Tony Award nominee Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, The Addams Family), and a book by Grammy and BAFTA Award nominee John August (Frankenweenie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Big Fish opened on Broadway on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 West 52nd Street). Scroll down to learn more about the cast!
Starring two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Catch Me If You Can) as Edward Bloom, Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin (Giant, Finian's Rainbow) as Sandra Bloom, Tony Award nominee Bobby Steggert (Giant, Ragtime) as Will Bloom, Krystal Joy Brown(Leap Of Faith) as Josephine Bloom, Anthony Pierini (Mary Poppins) and Zachary Unger (Chaplin) alternating as Young Will, Ryan Andes as Karl, Ben Crawford as Don Price, and Tony Award nomineeBrad Oscar as Amos Calloway, Big Fish features JC Montgomery, Ciara Renée, Kirsten Scott andSarrah Strimel, in a cast of 27 that includes Preston Truman Boyd, Bree Branker, Alex Brightman,Joshua Buscher, Robin Campbell, Bryn Dowling, Jason Lee Garrett, Leah Hofmann, Synthia Link,Angie Schworer, Lara Seibert, Tally Sessions, Cary Tedder and Ashley Yeater.
BIG FISH centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest... and then some! Edward's incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him - most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father's epic tales. Big Fish is about dreaming, loving and living bigger.
Norbert Leo Butz (Edward Bloom)
Broadway: Dead Accounts, Catch Me If You Can (2011 Tony Award, Drama Desk winner: Best Actor in a Musical; Astaire Award winner, Outer Critics nomination), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels(Tony Award, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Astaire Awards, Drama League Award winner: Best Actor in a Musical), Enron, Speed-the-Plow, Is He Dead?, Wicked (original cast, Fiyero), Thou Shalt Not (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics nominations), Rent (original cast, Broadway debut). Off-Broadway: How I Learned To Drive, Fifty Words, Buicks (Drama Desk nomination), The Last Five Years (Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel nominations, Drama League Award), Juno and the Paycock (Roundabout), Saved (TFANA). National Tour: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Cabaret. Alabama Shakespeare Festival (four seasons), Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Film: Better Living Through Chemistry (2013), The English Teacher (2013), Greetings from Tim Buckley (2013), Disconnect (2013), Higher Ground, Fair Game, Dan in Real Life. Television: Series: "The Deep End" (ABC); Pilots: "County" (NBC), "The Miraculous Year" (HBO) BFA, Webster University; MFA, Alabama Shakespeare Theatre.
Broadway: Finian's Rainbow, (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations),The Full Monty, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Wonderful Town. NY: Giant (Public Theater, Drama Desk nomination), Fiorello! (Encores). Regional: The Women (Old Globe), Henry V(Shakespeare Theatre of NJ), She Loves Me (Williamstown). Television: "Law & Order: SVU" (guest star), "Stephen Sondheim's Passion" for PBS. Film: Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best. Solo Recordings: "Let's See What Happens", "She Loves Him" (PS Classics). Graduate: Northwestern University.Bobby Steggert (Will Bloom)
has appeared on Broadway in Ragtime (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics nominations), 110 in the Shade (Outer Critics nomination), and Master Harold...and the boys. Other work includes Giant(Public Theater), Assistance (Playwrights Horizons), A Minister's Wife and The Grand Manner (Lincoln Center Theater), Yank! (Drama Desk nomination, York Theater), The Slugbearers of Kayrol Island (Drama Desk nomination, Vineyard Theater), and columbinus (New York Theater Workshop). Film/TV: The Namesake, Kinsey, "The Good Wife," "All My Children." Krystal Joy Brown (Josephine)
Broadway: Leap Of Faith (Ornella; Astaire Award nomination), HAIR (Dionne/Abe Lincoln). Off-Broadway: Falling for Eve (Eve). Regional: Calvin Berger (Rosanna), Little Shop of Horrors(Crystal), High School Musical (Taylor, Paper Mill). National Tour: Rent (Mimi). TV: "Storyforia!" (Nickelodeon), "Castle" (ABC). She is currently recording an album, follow her on Twitter @KrystalJBrown. BIG Thanks to Jed & Pete, Michelle & Bill & my Mama!Anthony Pierini (Young Will)
is excited to be back on broadway with Big Fish! Recent: Mary Poppins (Michael Banks) and LES MISERABLES/25th (Gavroche). He thanks the cast, crew, creative team, Abrams Artists, Tara Rubin Casting, APAC, family, friends for their love, support, and belief in his talent!Zachary Unger (Young Will)
Thrilled to join Big Fish. He recently played Young Charlie in Chaplin on Broadway. Off Broadway: Merrily We Roll Along, Measure for Measure. Film: Admission, Tar, Lily. Thanks, Rachel, Ellen & Bonnie at Abrams, mom, dad, Noah, grandmas and grandpas! Ryan Andes (Karl the Giant)
Proud to be making B'way debut at the Neil Simon! Recently played Stewpot at the Muny's South Pacific, 2013. Recent TV credits: "Person of Interest," guest star, CBS. Recent film credits: The Widowers, feature, Charred Oak Films. Various NYC stage credits as well as opera, musical theatre, and voiceover. This one's for Grandpa Keith. @AndesRyan.Ben Crawford (Don Price)
Shrek the Musical (Shrek), LES MISERABLES (Javert, Valjean u/s) Other: Guys & Dolls (Sky Masterson), Titanic (Barrett), Next to Normal (Dr. Madden), Oklahoma! (Jud) and more. Recordings: 35MM, Merrily...(Encores!), ICUAD, Disney's Frozen. Concerts: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Naples (FL) Philharmonic, and Cleveland Orchestra. Love to DGRW, Crawford/FitzGibbons clans & his wife Kate. Site: Ben-Crawford.com. Twitter: @crawdady21.JC Montgomery (Dr. Bennett)
Broadway: The Scottsboro Boys, The Color Purple, Parade, Swing, Thou Shalt Not, The Little Mermaid, The Boys from Syracuse , Bye Bye Birdie, Smokey Joe's Cafe. TV" All "Law & Orders", "The Gifted Man", "Boardwalk Empire", "Blue Bloods". Kim, Trevor and Marcus I love you! Brad Oscar (Amos Calloway)
The Producers (Tony nomination), Nice Work..., Addams Family, Spamalot, Jekyll & Hyde, Aspects of Love. West End: The Producers. Nat'l tour: Young Frankenstein, Jekyll & Hyde. Off-Broadway/Regional: Forbidden Broadway, Encores!, Barnum (Maltz Jupiter/Carbonell Award),Fiddler (Barrington Stage), Damn Yankees, Cabaret, Irma Vep (Arena Stage). Film: Ghost Town, The Producers. TV: "Good Wife", "Smash", "Law & Order." This one's for you Pops!Ciara Renee (The Witch)
is thrilled to make her Broadway debut with this awesome cast and creative team! She graduated this year from Baldwin-Wallace. She participated in the Pre-Broadway workshop of Bull Durham. Big thanks to Susan Stroman, Tara Rubin and Mom!Kirsten Scott (Jenny Hill)
Broadway: Follies (cast album), Hairspray. Off-Broadway/Regional: Follies (Kennedy Center/Ahmanson), Marvelous Wonderettes (Westside Theater) Grease (Sacramento Music Circus),Chaplin (La Jolla Playhouse), Minsky's (Ahmanson), Curtains (PCLO), Thoroughly Modern Millie.TV: "All My Children", "StEve Harvey Show." BFA: CMU. For Happy and Happy Happy.Sarrah Strimel (Girl in the Water)
Broadway: The Producers, Young Frankenstein, Rock Of Ages, Catch Me If You Can. National Tours/Regional incl., Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Sweet Charity (Charity), Cats (Bombalurina), Lil Abner (Stupyfyin' Jones), Sammy (Hedda Hopper). TV: "Smash," "Late Show With David Letterman." For my Dad, no stranger to a big fish story. Preston Truman Boyd (Swing)
B'way debut! N'Tour: Jersey Boys (Bob Gaudio), Young Frankenstein (The Monster) NYC workshops/readings: Republic (Liam), On a Clear Day, Wallenberg. Regional: The Muny, KCS, VSC. "Working" Edinburgh FF, Scotland. NFAA with Placido Domingo. TV: "Guiding Light." CCM grad. xo family, Gage, Tara, Merri and Sydney.Bree Branker (Ensemble)
Broadway debut! NY/Tour: Big Fish, Memphis, Josephine, Finian's Rainbow, Spamalot, Girl Crazy, West Side Story, Radio City Rockettes. Bree is honored to be working with this incredible team. Graduate UNCSA and UMass Amherst. Love to Man and Brankers. For Mom.Alex Brightman (Zacky Price)
is elated to be in such a fantastic piece of theatre. He's been on Broadway, Off Broadway, and other places too. This is for my friends, my family, my (M)orons and always for my Prump. Life is rad.Joshua Buscher (Swing, Dance Captain, Fight Captain)
Broadway: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Diesel in West Side Story Revival. Associate Choreographer of 1st National Tour of Priscilla...Many thanks to KSR and my family! Robin Campbell (Ensemble)
Broadway/ NYC: Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway, Encores!: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Girl Crazy, Stairway to Paradise; My Fair Lady (NY Philharmonic), Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center. TV: "Blue Bloods," "Ugly Betty," "Onion Sports Dome." Graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University.Bryn Dowling (Ensemble)
Broadway: Fosse, Original Company The Producers (Usherette), Original Company The Frogs (Charisma), Chicago (Roxie Hart). Film: The Producers (Usherette) TV: "Curb your Enthusiasm," "Kennedy Center Honors" (Mel Brooks). EMI recording artist. Love to Chris and my girls Ava and London.Jason Lee Garrett (Ensemble)
feels blessed beyond measure to be a part of this pretend! Broadway: Evita. Regional: Pittsburgh CLO, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. BFA in Theatre, Point Park University. Unyielding thanks to Bloc, Tara Rubin, the BIG FISH team, and my incomparable family. For you, Dad.Leah Hofmann (Ensemble)
Broadway/LCT: War Horse (Joey/Topthorn). National tours: Young Frankenstein, Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Rockette). Favorite Regional: The Producers, Sunset Boulevard, 42nd Street, La Cage aux Folles. Dedicated to my Papa and his beautiful, unforgettable stories. Jeremiah 29:11. Synthia Link (Swing)
Broadway: How to Succeed... (us/Rosemary). 1st Nat'l Tour: Young Frankenstein (Inga). NYC Radio City Rockette. TV: "Smash." Thanks to Stro and Tara Rubin. All my love to my Parents and Keith. This one's for my Dad.Angie Schworer (Ensemble)
Broadway: The Producers (Ulla), Catch Me if you Can, Young Frankenstein, Chicago, SunsetBoulevard, Crazy for You, Annie Get Your Gun, The Will Rogers Follies. Regional: Minsky's(Ginger), The Full Monty (Vicky Nichols), Damn Yankees (Lola), Chicago (Roxie). Television: "Law & Order: CI," "Queer Eye," "As the World Turns," "Smash." Film: The Producers.Lara Seibert (Ensemble)
is thrilled to be a part of this show! Broadway: Hugh Jackman on Broadway, A Christmas Story, Young Frankenstein. Favorite Regional: The Producers (Ulla), Drowsy Chaperone (Janet), Annie(Grace). Thanks to God and family. For Pepaw, my favorite storyteller.Tally Sessions (Ensemble)
Broadway: The House of Blue Leaves. Off-Broadway: Giant (Public Theatre), Queen of the Mist (Transport Group), Yank (York), Anyone Can Whistle (Encores), Godspell. Tours: South Pacific, Legally Blonde, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Regional: Old Globe, Signature, Goodspeed, Muny, Pioneer. Cary Tedder (Ensemble)
Many thanks to all the family, friends, and teachers who helped Cary get to his third Original Broadway Cast! Other credits include Memphis, The Times They Are A-Changin', and the West Side Story national tour. Thank you HCA, and Go Blue!Ashley Yeater (Swing, Dance Captain)
Thrilled to be a part of this magical show. Broadway/NY: Follies, The Producers, Encores! On The Town. National Tours: A Chorus Line, Chicago, The Producers. Love and gratitude to my amazing family and friends.