A new production of the 1996 Broadway musical Big is heading to London's West End in 2017 following runs at the Theatre Royal Plymouth and the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin this Christmas.
Based on the hit 1988 Tom Hanks film of the same name, Big the Musical features music by David Shire and lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. After opening on Broadway in 1996 in a large and well documented production directed by Mike Ockrent with choreography by Susan Stroman, it ran for just 193 performances at the Shubert Theatre and was nominated for five Tony Awards.
The musical was re-staged and rewritten for the US tour and this new production directed and choreographed by Morgan Young will mark its UK premiere. 'The Wanted' singer and winner of Strictly Come Dancing Jay McGuiness will lead the show in the role of Josh Baskin, alongside West End stars Jessica Martin, Diana Vickers, Gary Wilmot and Irwin Sparkes.
Josh Baskin is twelve-years-old and hates being little, until one night at the carnival the mysterious Zoltar machine grants his wish to be big. Now trapped in an adult’s body and alone in New York, he innocently tries to find his way around a grown-up world where it’s all work and no play. But whilst everyone around him tries to act their age, Josh just can’t help being himself. Maybe he’s going to end up teaching the real adults a thing or two…