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2014 Original Broadway Cast Recording. with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, BIG FISH centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman with a huge heart, enormous spirit and an extraordinary vision of the world. Edward's incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him - most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, must make his way through the smokescreen of his father's improbable stories to unravel the mystery of who his father truly is. BIG FISH is about dreaming, loving and living bigger. Directed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (Contact, the Producers, the Scottsboro Boys), with music and lyrics by Grammy and Tony Award nominee Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, the Addams Family), and a book by Grammy and BAFTA Award nominee John August (Frankenweenie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), BIG FISH stars two-time Tony Award® winner Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Catch Me If You Can) as Edward Bloom, Tony Award® nominee Kate Baldwin (Giant, Finian's Rainbow) as Sandra Bloom, Tony Award® nominee Bobby Steggert (Giant, Ragtime) as Will Bloom, Krystal Joy Brown (Leap of Faith) as Josephine Bloom, Anthony Pierini (Mary Poppins) and Zachary Unger (Chaplin) alternating as Young Will, Ryan Andes as Karl, Ben Crawford as Don Price, and Tony Award® nominee Brad Oscar as Amos Calloway. BIG FISH features JC Montgomery, Ciara Renée, Kirsten Scott and Sarrah Strimel, in a cast of 27 that includes Preston Truman Boyd, Bree Branker, Alex Brightman, Joshua Buscher, Robin Campbell, Bryn Dowling, Jason Lee Garrett, Leah Hofmann, Synthia Link, Angie Schworer, Lara Seibert, Tally Sessions, Cary Tedder and Ashley Yeater.

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A heartfelt, powerful and movingly scored new American musical. --Chicago Tribune

A big, beautiful, glorious show. --Entertainment Weekly

1. Prologue
2. Be the Hero
3. Witch
4. Stranger
5. Two Men in My Life
6. Out There on the Road
7. Little Lamb from Alabama
8. Time Stops
9. Closer to Her
10. Daffodils
11. Red, White and True
12. Fight the Dragons
13. Showdown
14. I Don't Need a Roof
15. Start Over
16. What's Next
17. How It Ends
18. Procession
19. Be the Hero - Reprise
20. This River Between Us [*]

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 11, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Broadway Records
  • ASIN: B00H3UKZ6E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,586 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Hanabana on February 13, 2014
Format: Audio CD
I was lucky enough to see this musical live, and this cast recording does a really good job of capturing the energy and emotions on stage. I find that most of the songs are upbeat, such as Be the Hero, Fight the Dragons, Out There on the Road, and Start Over. Everytime I hear those songs, they lighten up my mood. There are also beautiful, touching songs, such as Time Stops, Daffodils, and I Don't Need a Roof. The entire cast does a wonderful job in bringing different emotions into the songs. And Norbert Leo Butz has a voice that is unique, he can sing anything and make it his own. Very much like the musical itself, this cast recording will lift your spirits. I think it's definitely worthwhile for any music lover to take a listen.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Scott Laughead on April 17, 2014
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The BIG FISH score contains six or seven songs that are among the most thrilling, touching musical numbers I have experienced in a Broadway score in a long time. (Be The Hero, Stranger, Time Stops, Daffodils, Fight the Dragons, I Don't Need A Roof, What's Next, How It Ends) These great songs are sung by the three leads: Butz, Steggart, and Baldwin. All three of these exceptional talents break your heart and send chills up and down your spine with their glorious, emotional singing. Unfortunately, there are a lot of clever, brassy production numbers featuring the supporting characters that get in the way of the personal drama that BIG FISH is really about. (The Witch song sounds as though it were a number from American Idol) In order to make BIG FISH a big Broadway musical, I feel as though they over produced the story-within-a-story and went for typical big Broadway noisy effects. I think that if this show were produced in a much smaller house and focused more on the drama within the characters, the show would truly find itself. There would be nothing wrong with cutting a few songs. Berlin, Rodgers, Herman, and Porter often created scores with 12 - 14 original songs (excluding reprises). Lippa could do the same and wallop the audience with his strongest punches. For people who care about original Broadway scores, this album is a must-have. In a Broadway world that more and more relies on previously written music, I admire the courage and talent of writers such as Andrew Lippa who bring into the world new songs.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By chase clapp on February 11, 2014
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This is one of the best soundtracks I have heard in a long time! It contains a well written score and some very powerful performances from the cast! It was such a shame this show had to close so early! This is a must have soundtrack
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 19, 2014
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I love Daniel Wallace's novel BIG FISH and I'm also a major fan of the movie BIG FISH. When I heard about the musical BIG FISH, it made me slightly giddy. I had hoped to see the show in the spring of 2013 when it was in previews in Chicago, but I wasn't able to make the trip. Therefore, when I found out that the BIG FISH SOUNDTRACK was going to be released, I made my first ever pre-sale on Amazon.

The stage version of BIG FISH is a massive undertaking and from the few reviews I've read about the Broadway production, the show was panned by critics. Knowing the content of the novel and the movie, I can understand why. However, listening to the BIG FISH SOUNDTRACK it makes me curious. The soundtrack is a full anthem that seems to capture all the joy and whimsy in the book and movie as well as the central conflicts between a father and his son and the friction of how to live life and how to face death. Many of the songs have a folksy, homespun feel to them and there's just something about big dance numbers that sound more like a hoe down or a marching band parade instead of the standard big dance numbers. Like the novel and movie on which it is based, the BIG FISH SOUNDTRACK is anything but typical.

My favorite songs on the album are:

"Be the Hero" - the big toe-tapping number that starts off the singing.
"Two Men in My Life" - a beautiful love song about a woman who's son and husband are in conflict.
"Time Stops" - a great love ballad.
"Fight the Dragons" - this is my favorite song on the soundtrack. It's a song about a man speaking to his son and how he makes his seemingly ordinary life truly extraordinary and why he does it.
"What's Next" - a song of reconciliation between father and son.

Overall, the BIG FISH SOUNDTRACK might not be the best musical soundtrack out there, but it is full of wonder, joy, and whimsy and is far from the typical Broadway fare.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Leon on February 25, 2014
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I saw this show on Broadway (before closing notices an after it opened) and thought it was heartfelt and gloriously staged And I knew I liked the music! Andrew Lippa put in some winners. "Be a Hero" and "Time Stopped" are two examples. The critics messed this one up. Norbert Leo Butz rocks as always, and his confidence in his singing has never been better!!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Coco Pazzo on February 25, 2014
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A fantastic 1st rate cast cannot save this mediocre show. The stage production at least had a lot of pizzazz, projections and great dancing. Unfortunately the score is quite generic and fails to take off...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sturnq on April 12, 2014
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I am a big fan of Norbert Leo Butz. And I wish I could have seen this show on broadway but unfortunately I missed it. But the music is great! It has some very catchy tunes. I hope that a local theatre can get the rights.
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I have only a vague idea what the story line is about, but the music is bright and lively. Norman Leo Butz carries the music. As I recall, the show closed after only a couple of weeks, but the music is fun to listen to.
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