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'Big Fish' creators hope to make a splash in Chicago

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Two-time Tony Award-winner Norbert Leo Butz, middle, stars with Tony Award nominees Kate Baldwin and Bobby Steggert in the world premiere of "Big Fish" at Chicago's Oriental Theatre starting Tuesday, April 2.

Cast members rehearse for the world premiere musical "Big Fish," which plays a tryout run at Chicago's Oriental Theatre starting Tuesday, April 2, before moving on to Broadway in the fall.

Composer Andrew Lippa ("The Addams Family," "The Wild Party") penned the score to the Broadway-bound world premiere musical "Big Fish," which plays Chicago's Oriental Theatre from Sunday, April 2, through Sunday, May 5.

Five-time Tony Award-winner Susan Stroman ("The Producers," "Contact") directs and choreographs the pre-Broadway world premiere musical version of "Big Fish" at Chicago's Oriental Theatre.

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Director/choreographer Susan Stroman and composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa both have a "Big Fish" story to tell. Both are major creative forces behind the world-premiere musical "Big Fish," the story of a young man questioning his dying Southern father's tall tales that plays a monthlong tryout at the Oriental Theatre starting Tuesday, April 2, before heading to Broadway. And both have been in this position before -- Stroman with "The Producers" and Lippa with "The Addams Family."
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    • Two-time Tony Award-winner Norbert Leo Butz, middle, stars with Tony Award nominees Kate Baldwin and Bobby Steggert in the world premiere of “Big Fish” at Chicago's Oriental Theatre starting Tuesday, April 2.
    • Cast members rehearse for the world premiere musical “Big Fish,” which plays a tryout run at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre starting Tuesday, April 2, before moving on to Broadway in the fall.
    • Composer Andrew Lippa (“The Addams Family,” “The Wild Party”) penned the score to the Broadway-bound world premiere musical “Big Fish,” which plays Chicago’s Oriental Theatre from Sunday, April 2, through Sunday, May 5.
    • Five-time Tony Award-winner Susan Stroman (“The Producers,” “Contact”) directs and choreographs the pre-Broadway world premiere musical version of “Big Fish” at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre.
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