Could Big the Musical transfer to London?
A new production of the 1996 flop Broadway musical Big by David Shire and Richard Maltby, Jr is opening at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in November 2016 and is advertising itself as a 'pre-West End' production. The musical is an adaptation of the 1988 Tom Hanks film, and was originally directed by Mike Ockrent with choreography by Susan Stroman. The show had a troubled out of town tryout and Broadway engagement, despite strong marketing links with FAO Schwartz, the Toy Shop featured in the film which is known for its scene with the big piano. The trials and tribulations of the show's journey to the stage were documented in Barbara Isenberg's diary 'Making it Big'. The new production reflects the changes made to the show ahead of its US National Tour, and are now part of the official licensed version.
The UK premiere at the Theatre Royal Plymouth will star Strictly Come Dancing winner and The Wanted vocalist Jay McGuiness as Josh. No official plans for a West End production have yet been announced, but it is thought the show may transfer in a similar way to 'Elf' in 2015, which also opened at the Theatre Royal Plymouth and the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin.