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Chicago catches ‘Big Fish’ musical for pre-Broadway run

Norbert Leo Butz

Norbert Leo Butz

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Updated: October 9, 2012 2:25PM

Chicago is reinforcing its reputation as “try-out city.” Swimming into town next spring, a few months after the pre-Broadway premiere here of Cyndi Lauper’s “Kinky Boots,” will be the pre-Broadway premiere of “Big Fish,” a new musical based on the the 2003 film and the 1998 novel by Daniel Wallace.

The musical, with a book by John August (who wrote the screenplay for the film), a score by Andrew Lippa (“The Addams Family,” “The Wild Party”), and direction and choreography by Susan Stroman (“The Producers,” “The Scottsboro Boys, “Young Frankenstein”), will star Tony Award-winning Broadway star Norbert Leo Butz (“Catch Me If You Can,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”).

Butz will play the charismatic Edward Bloom (played by Albert Finney and Ewan McGregor in the movie), a former traveling salesman from the South, now on his deathbed, who has a gift for elaborate storytelling. As Edward spins tall tales of his adventurous youth, Will, his frustrated son, sets out on his own journey as he tries to separate myth from truth about his dad.

“Big Fish” will run April 2-May 5, 2013, at the Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph. Group tickets are now on sale at (312) 977-1710. The show will be part of the 2013 Broadway in Chicago spring season, with subscriptions going on sale later this month. For additional information visit

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