Is being big all it’s cracked up to be?
‘Josh Baskin is sick of being an awkward kid. At a carnival, he makes a wish to the Zoltar machine to become “big.” To his shock, his wish is granted. After an understandably awkward beginning, Josh is forced to do “adult” things, like getting a job and a girlfriend. In the end, he discovers that there’s much more to being an adult than he bargained for and learns that we must all grow up at our own pace, in our own time’.
Classic motion picture fantasy ‘Big’ bursts onto the West End stage this year.
Based on the 1988 film of the same name, this musical adaptation follows 12 year old Josh, whose dream to be ‘big’ comes true when he wakes up in the body of a 30 year old.
With a book by John Weidman, a contemporary score by David Shire and lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr, this is a perfect show for audiences of all ages!
The role made famous by Tom Hanks will be played by singer (The Wanted) and Strictly Come Dancing winner (2015) Jay McGuiness, who can currently be seen in the West End production of ‘Rip It Up’ at the Garrick Theatre, alongside Harry Judd, Aston Merrygold and Louis Smith.
Joining McGuiness will be Wendi Peters (Coronation Street, Hetty Feather) as Mrs Baskin, Kimberley Walsh (Girls Aloud, Shrek The Musical, Strictly Come Dancing) as Susan Lawrence and Olivier Award-winner Matthew Kelly (Waiting for Godot, Of Mice and Men, Love’s Sacrifice, Spamalot) as George MacMillan.
Further casting will include Lori Haley Fox (Mrs Kopecki/Miss Watson), Edward Handoll (Paul Seymour), Charlie Bull (1st Cover Susan), Colin Burnicle (Tom), Christie-Lee Crosson (Ensemble), Vicki Davids (Abigail), Alex Fobbester (Detective), Leanne Garretty (Delores), Stuart Hickey (Mr Baskin), Matt Holland (Ensemble), Tash Holway (Diane), Ross McLaren (Nick), Richard Murphy (Mr Kopecki), Eddie Myles (Derek), Katharine Pearson (Ensemble), Anton Fosh (Swing), Gemma Fuller (Assistant Choreographer/Swing), Gary Murphy (Assistant Choreographer/Swing) and Katy Osborne (Swing/Children’s Director).
The musical first opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre in 1996, and closed after 193 performances, not before it had received five Tony Award nominations, including Best Actress, Supporting Actor, Book, Score and Choreography). The show then completed a hit US National tour.
‘Big’ mades its UK premiere at the Theatre Royal Plymouth from 5th to 12th November 2016, before touring to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin from 7th December 2016 to 7th January 2017. Jay McGuiness returns to the role after starring as Josh during this run.
The production features direction and choreography by Morgan Young, design and costume design by Simon Higlett, associate choreography by Helen Rymer, musical supervision by Stuart Morley, lighting design by Tim Lutkin, video design by Ian Galloway, and sound design by Terry Jardine and Avgoustos Psillas.
‘Complete with Zoltar, a giant floor piano and stand-out roles for adults and children, Big is a great choice for theatres that are looking for a family-friendly smash-hit that is full of high-energy singing and dancing’.
‘Big’ will run at London’s Dominion Theatre from 6th September to 2nd November. Tickets will go on general sale on 2nd April.