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Norbert Leo Butz in ‘Big Fish’

Kate BaldwNorbert Leo Butz star world premiere 'Big Fish.'

Kate Baldwin and Norbert Leo Butz star in the world premiere of "Big Fish."

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Updated: April 4, 2013 9:12PM

In an email interview, Norbert Leo Butz talked about musicals:

Q. What was the best “story” your own father ever told you?

A: There were 11 of us kids. He didn’t tell stories. He maintained rank.

Q. Have you embellished any stories about yourself for your own kids?

A: Of course. But they are sticklers for detail, being the sophisticated theater kids they are, and they do not stand for narrative inconsistencies.

Q. Is there something special about the way Stroman directs/choreographs compared to others you’ve worked with?

A: She works harder than anyone in the business. Period. She does nothing in the rehearsal room but work. She doesn’t even leave for lunch. Her commitment is fearsome.

Q. What is most important to keep in mind when working on a new musical?

A: When working on anything in the theater — musical, play, original, revival — the only thing to keep in mind is that you are one lucky duck to be a working actor. Stay grateful, keep a sense of humor, and get a stage-level dressing room by any means necessary. —Hedy Weiss

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