The story jumps between the past and the present and between Ed and Will’s lives. Much of the show consists of Edward retelling his famous stories which, like the film version, requires elaborate sets filled with equally fanciful people. As Edward’s tale is told, the audience meets a mermaid, a giant, a witch, and a werewolf.The relationship between father and son is the heartbeat of the show, but the relationship between Edward and his wife Sandra, played by Kate Baldwin, is equally poignant. Baldwin, much like her counterpart Butz, takes on an enormous challenge playing a character from young adulthood through old age. They both do this job perfectly and with wonderful chemistry between them. The music and lyrics were the weakest part of the show, but strong performances managed to redeem them.
So, why should you see Big Fish? It is a wonderful story brought to life through fantastic acting, amazing characters, and a set to which you’ll compare every other Broadway show. You should also see it because it is, well … sweet.
Big Fish runs at the Neil Simon Theatre through Dec. 29. Jason was given tickets for the review, but he was not compensated and the opinions are his own.