‘Big Fish’ Broadway Opening Night

October 9, 2013 • Category: Gallery, General News, Public Appearances 0

October 6th was the official premiere of Big Fish at the Neil Simon on Broadway, Tony-winning actor Norbert Leo Butz’s new musical (also starring Bobby Steggert and Kate Baldwin). Inspired by the Tim Burton film, and directed by Susan Stroman, it’s a story about big tales and fatherhood. Andrew Lippa is responsible for the music and lyrics, while John August – who wrote the sceenplay for the film – also wrote the musical’s book.

Aaron Tveit – Norbert’s co-star on Catch Me If You Can – was in attendance at the Big Fish opening night, along with Hilary Swank, Billy Porter, Victor Garber, Whoopi Goldberg, Zachary Quinto, Ellen Greene, Liev Schreiber, Perez Hilton, and Zach Braff. Although Aaron did not walk the red carpet, he was at the after-party; you can view a few pics from the evening in the gallery, including an adorable shot of him with Norbert. Check out what Aaron had to say about the production below, courtesy of Broadway.com:

“It felt very nostalgic to be back at the Neil Simon,” Tveit told Broadway.com at the show’s opening night bash across 52nd Street at Roseland. The rising star previously appeared onstage at the theater when he made his Broadway debut as Link Larkin in Hairspray in 2006 and later headlined Catch Me If You Can in 2011 opposite the two-time Tony-winning star of Big Fish, Norbert Leo Butz.

“Norbert’s incredible,” he said. “He’s such a force of nature. Now when I watch him, I can see the little things he’s doing, and I know what it’s like to be up there with him. It’s just incredible.” Tveit admitted that he joined the legions of grown men who have cried at the sentimental show. “Oh yeah, I cried my eyes out,” he said. “It just smacks you in the face.”

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