Before it bows on Broadway, an upcoming musical adaptation of “Big Fish” will debut with a five-week out-of-town tryout in Chicago next spring. New York actors, singers, and dancers can be part of the production from the beginning, as Tara Rubin Casting is holding auditions for Equity members in late September and early October in New York City.
With the full title “Big Fish—A Musical of Epic Proportions,” the show is described as “a rollicking fantasy set in the American South that centers on the charismatic Edward Bloom, whose impossible stories of his life's epic adventures frustrate his son Will. Now, with Edward on his deathbed, Will must embark on his own journey to find out who his father really is, unraveling the man from the myth, the truth from the tall tales.”
The producers have announced that two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz (“Catch Me If You Can,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”) will star as Edward Bloom, portraying the adventure-loving storyteller in his 30s but also as a teenager and on his deathbed. The role of his wife, Sandra, has reportedly been cast as well, but no official announcement has been made.
The musical, which is based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the Tim Burton film of the same name, boasts a score by Andrew Lippa (“The Addams Family”) and a book by John August (who also wrote the screenplay). “Big Fish” will be directed and choreographed by Tony winner Susan Stroman (“The Producers,” “The Scottsboro Boys”). The production will open April 2 and is scheduled to run through May 5 at the Oriental Theater as part of Broadway in Chicago’s Spring 2013 season. Rehearsals begin Feb. 18 in New York City.
In addition to seeking possible replacements and understudies for the roles of Edward and Sandra, Tara Rubin Casting is casting a male tenor in his 20s to play Will, a reporter whose reliance on facts puts him at odds with his father’s fantastical tales. This actor must be an excellent singer who has a “modern Broadway sensibility” and is comfortable with contemporary rhythms and styles. The casting director is also seeking a boy between 8-10 years old to play Will as a child.
Plus, Rubin is casting strong male and female dancers and singers for the ensemble. The ensemble will play a variety of parts such as townsfolk, salesmen, USO dancers, milkmen, and even a mermaid, as well as featured ensemble roles including “Karl the Giant,” “The Witch,” a P.T. Barnum-type circus owner named Amos Calloway, and more. Ensemble members will also cover principal roles.
Equity principal auditions will be held Sept. 28 and Oct. 1 and 2 in New York. Equity chorus calls for male and female dancers will be held Oct. 3 and chorus calls for male and female singers will be held Oct. 4. For more information and audition details, view the full casting notices online at Backstage.com.
Butz will next star on Broadway opposite Katie Holmes in Theresa’ Rebeck’s “Dead Accounts,” opening Nov. 28.
Casting director Tara Rubin has cast some of the biggest Broadway shows of the last decade. Her recent credits include “Ghost The Musical,” “One Man, Two Guvnors,” “Peter and the Starcatcher,” “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” and “Promises, Promises.”