Actress Clare Burt will join Kelsey Grammer in the London premiere of Big Fish, due to open at The Other Palace in November. Burt will play Sandra Bloom in John August and Andrew Lippa’s musical, which is based on the novel of the same name by Daniel Wallace. It is about William Bloom, a young man who is facing the imminent death of his father, the travelling salesman Edward (Grammer).
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Kelsey Grammer makes his London theatre debut in Andrew Lippa and John August's adaptation of the novel Big Fish, by Daniel Wallace.
The musical premiered had a tryout out-of-town in Chicago before opening on Broadway in October 2013, when it ran for 98 performances at the Neil Simon Theatre.
Kelsey Grammer is best known for playing Dr Fraiser in the US sitcom Cheers, and then in the spin-off series revolving around his character, Fraiser. He was nominated for a Tony Award following his Broadway musical debut in 2010 when he played Georges in revival of La Cage aux Folles, and starred as Charles Frohman in James Graham and Gary Barlow’s musical Finding Neverland.
Andrew Lippa’s previous work includes the musical adaptation of The Addams Family, contributions to the score of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, and The Wild Party, which was the first production at the rebranded The Other Palace. Lippa’s Big Fish score features songs such as the opening number “Be the Hero”, “Daffodils” and “Time Stops”.
William Bloom, a young man who is facing the imminent death of his father, the travelling salesman Edward. As his father lies on his deathbed, William recalls their time together and comes to realise he wasn’t the impulsive liar he believed he was, and develops an understanding of Edward’s exaggerations.
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Kelsey Grammer is set to make his London stage debut as the Broadway musical Big Fish opens in London for the first time. The musical is based on Daniel Wallace’s 1998 book Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions and tells the story of William Bloom, whose father, a traveling salesman called Edward, lies on his deathbed. As they share memories with each other, William comes to realise his father isn’t the liar he thought he was, and comes to understand the reasons behind his exaggerations.
Big Fish, which has been announced to be coming to London's The Other Palace later this year, first came to public attention as American author Daniel Wallace’s 1998 book Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions.
Kelsey Grammer is said to be preparing to make his debut on the London stage in Big Fish at The Other Palace later this year. So we decided to look back on the actor's theatrical career on The Great White Way to find out what we can expect from the Frasier actor. He made his Broadway debut in Macbeth at the Lincoln Center in 1981 as Lennox. He went on to take over the title role from The Elephant Man actor Philip Anglim withdrew following negative reviews. This led to his next role on Broadway, playing Cassio in a revival of Othello, alongside James Earl Jones.