‘Big Fish’ Closing on Broadway
Well, that was a short run.
Big Fish, the stage version of Tim Burton’s 2003 film, is closing after just three months. Ticket sales dropped below 50% of potential gross by last week, and the show never really caught on, despite a considerable onstage and behind-the-curtain pedigree, such as five-time Tony-winning director Susan Stroman at the helm working from a book by John August (who wrote the script for the 2003 film), and music and lyrics by Grammy and Tony nominee Andrew Lippa. The show also features in-demand Tony nominee Norbert Leo Butz, working under producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen. The production is even based on a really great little story, adapted from the novel of the same name by Daniel Wallace, about a man looking into the truth behind his salesman father’s outrageous tall tales, wondering just which parts are reality and which are fiction.
“Middle isn’t the end. Even the end isn’t really the end. We’re so unbelievably lucky to do this,” August tweeted.
The show’s final performance is scheduled for Sunday, December 29 at Manhattan’s Neil Simon Theatre.