Big Fish, a musical based on the 2003 film of the same name, floundered on Broadway when it premiered in 2013; now London's The Other Palace, a theatre with a mission to develop new musicals and reclaim others that haven't had their due, is giving the show its UK professional premiere (it was previously seen in 2015 in a student version at the west London drama school ArtsEd). Read more
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.