‘Big Fish’: Delightfully old-fashioned musical

Big Fish / Paul Koinik
Big Fish / Paul Koinik

Big Fish is one of those rare stage musicals that improves on its big-screen source material. It’s an old-fashioned love story whose focus is less boy-meet-girl than boy-reconnects-with-dad. And the hard-working Norbert Leo Butz manages to wring sympathy and good will out of a character who on paper seems rather despicable: a tall-tale-telling windbag who was mostly absent from his child’s life. There are some major stumbling blocks, particularly in the padded second act, but the eye-popping physical production and Butz’s performance are enough to recommend this one. Check out my B+ review at EW.com

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