Kelsey Grammer will star as Edward Bloom in a new production of John August and Andrew Lippa’s Big Fish the Musical. Based on the novel Big Fish by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia Pictures film screenplay by John August, this new production will be the London premiere of the musical and also marks Grammer’s first time on the London stage.
Directed by Nigel Harman, Big Fish the Musical will play at The Other Palace from Wednesday 1 November 2017 to Sunday 31 December 2017, with a press night on Tuesday 7 November and a gala night on Wednesday 8 November. Tickets go on sale on 31 July 2017.
Kelsey Grammer played the role of Dr Frasier Crane in the NBC sitcoms Cheers and Frasier for which he has won five Emmy Awards and three Golden Globe awards.
In 2010 Kelsey made his Broadway musical debut playing the lead role of Georges in La Cage Aux Folles, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. He also originated the roles of Charles Frohman and Captain Hook in the Broadway premiere of the musical Finding Neverland.
Big Fish the Musical will be directed by Nigel Harman, director of the upcoming tour of Shrek The Musical and perhaps better known to audiences for his stage and TV work as an actor.
Harman first met with writers August and Lippa in 2016 and the vision and creativity they shared for this new version was evident.
Harman said: “When I first encountered the piece I was struck by its depth of humanity and it’s zest for life. A story that celebrates life in all of its wonders and despairs. A simple tale told in the most extraordinary way. It has been wonderful to revisit the music, book and lyrics with John and Andrew.”
Joining Kelsey Grammer will be Matt Seadon-Young (Les Misérables, Beautiful, Pride) as Will Bloom; Frances McNamee (Little Shop of Horrors) as Josephine Bloom; Forbes Masson (Travesties, Dr. Faustus) as Amos/Don; Jamie Muscato (Lazarus, Bend It Like Beckham) as Edward; Laura Baldwin (Shrek, Alice in Wonderland) as Sandra; Landi Oshinowo (Shrek, Sister Act) as Witch/Jenny Hill; Dean Nolan (Fiddler On the Roof) as Karl; and George Ure (Sweeney Todd, Wicked) as Zaki.
They are joined by Sophie Linder-Lee (The Rocky Horror Show, Wicked), Gemma McMeel (Titanic, Candide) and Jonathan Stewart (Guys and Dolls).
Meet Edward Bloom, an ordinary man, and an extraordinary father. He has always told his son tall tales filled with beauty, love and imagination but when his son confronts him about what is make believe, they both discover that the truth is more wonderful than fiction.
Adapted from the much-loved book by Daniel Wallace and Tim Burton movie, Big Fish the Musical has a score by Tony nominee Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family, The Wild Party) and a new book by John August (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).
Big Fish the Musical will be presented at The Other Palace by Big Fish Productions, Selladoor Worldwide and Baiyue Culture Creative with associate producers Dominic May and Underbelly Productions.