Big Fish tells the story of Edward Bloom and his adult son Will, who is about to have a child of his own. Growing up, Will listened to tall tales told by his father. As Will is about to become a father himself, he longs to make a meaningful connection with Edward.
Big Fish is a spectacular fantasy of a musical. The visuals are stunning, as Edward Bloom’s exaggerated stories come to life. The backdrop of the stage uses projected scenery which really gives the audience the pleasant illusion of another time in rural Alabama.
I had seen the 2003 Tim Burton film featuring Ewan McGregor and Billy Crudup so I was excited to experience Steven Glaudini’s musical version. He does a fantastic job of directing actors Josh Adamson, Bets Malone, and Patrick Cummings. The true charm of the production is between Edward and his loving wife Sandra. The captivating duo sing Daffodils, the closing song for act one, and it’s a memorable piece that showcases Adamson and Malone’s vocal talents. Their chemistry and singing are on point.
There are amazing and fun minor characters throughout the show which highlight Edward’s colorful ventures. From the witch, to the giant, to the mermaid, there is something for everyone. The story’s conflict is driven by how Will blames his father for being distant. Whereas Edward sees himself as someone who loves life and adventure. Such is the misunderstanding between men. More so when it comes to fathers and their sons.
Big Fish is a fun treat for the whole family. Its theme of loyalty and love will pull at your heart strings, and remind us that sometimes our perception of life events are more exciting and purposeful than others would realize.
Check out the preview below and be sure to catch Big Fish at the Moonlight Amphitheater now playing until September 26th at
Brengle Terrace Park
1200 Vale Terrace Dr. Vista, CA
Disclaimer: I received complimentary tickets to attend the September 11th showing of Big Fish in exchange for this blog and all other media outlets. All opinions are my own.