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Family-friendly 'Big Fish' reels in audiences

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Norbert Leo Butz stars as Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman with a penchant for tall tales, in the pre-Broadway world premiere of the musical "Big Fish."

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For the chance to see the love of his life, Edward Bloom agrees to become a human cannonball in the musical stage adaptation of Tim Burton's 2003 film, "Big Fish" in its pre-Broadway run at Chicago's Oriental Theatre.

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Kate Baldwin plays Sandra, devoted wife to big dreamer Edward Bloom, the central character in Broadway in Chicago's world premiere of "Big Fish," the musical by John August and Andrew Lippa, directed by Susan Stroman.

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Bobby Steggert plays Will Bloom, who tries to uncover his father Edward Bloom, beyond his tall tales, in "Big Fish," the world premiere musical running through May 5 at Chicago's Oriental Theatre.

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Edward Bloom's (Norbert Leo Butz) adventures may be fabricated but his love for Sandra (Kate Baldwin) is all real in the musical "Big Fish" based on Tim Burton's 2003 film and the 1998 novel by Daniel Wallace.

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"Big Fish," the Broadway-bound musical that opened Friday at Chicago's Oriental Theatre, should have no problem reeling in audiences when it arrives in New York this fall. Fanciful, family-friendly and affectionate, the show inspired by Daniel Wallace's 1998 novel and Tim Burton's 2003 film has the right bait: a funny, poignant book by "Big Fish" screenwriter John August, and lush, lyrical music by Andrew Lippa ("The Addams Family").
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    • Norbert Leo Butz stars as Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman with a penchant for tall tales, in the pre-Broadway world premiere of the musical “Big Fish.”
    • For the chance to see the love of his life, Edward Bloom agrees to become a human cannonball in the musical stage adaptation of Tim Burton’s 2003 film, “Big Fish” in its pre-Broadway run at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre.
    • Kate Baldwin plays Sandra, devoted wife to big dreamer Edward Bloom, the central character in Broadway in Chicago’s world premiere of “Big Fish,” the musical by John August and Andrew Lippa, directed by Susan Stroman.
    • Bobby Steggert plays Will Bloom, who tries to uncover his father Edward Bloom, beyond his tall tales, in “Big Fish,” the world premiere musical running through May 5 at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre.
    • Edward Bloom’s (Norbert Leo Butz) adventures may be fabricated but his love for Sandra (Kate Baldwin) is all real in the musical “Big Fish” based on Tim Burton’s 2003 film and the 1998 novel by Daniel Wallace.
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