The second preview of an out-of-town try-out is a special thing for a few reasons. First, you get to see part of the process happening right in front of your eyes, and you also are seeing a production that is so fresh that you are seeing characters on stage finding new moments in the show as they go. It’s exciting, and clearly people want to see it; the show was sold very well.
But, with a second preview, you also are seeing a lot of things that desperately need to be fixed. I just wish that Big Fish didn’t flounder as much as it did. With the level of caliber that production has, I expected more.
The artistic team is genius – directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman (The Scottsboro Boys and The Producers), music by Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family and The Wild Party) and book written by John August (original screenplay writer for the movie of Big Fish), which is supported by some of my favorite Broadway actors in the business — Norbert Leo Butz, Kate Baldwin, and Bobby Steggert. This show has the talent behind it to be seriously good, and I think that’s why the show has some fantastic producers behind it, who are clearly throwing a lot of money at this pre-Broadway production.