After a little over a month after its opening on Broadway, it was announced that Big Fish will close December 29. By then, it will have played 34 previews and just under 100 shows (98) at Neil Simon Theatre.
The show was based off of a 1998 novel written by Daniel Wallace called "Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions." In 2003, the novel was turned into a movie starring Ewan McGregor, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lang, Helena Bonham Carter, and Albert Finney. Directed by Tim Burton, this rendition was the likely inspiration behind the Broadway production, which was set in Alabama and followed Edward Bloom, a man of many stories.
Big Fish has a successful run in Chicago prior to its Broadway debut. The show is directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, with a book by John August, and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. Academy Award winners Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks produce the show.