Licensing Company: TRW
Big Fish (School Edition)
Big Fish tells the larger-than-life tale of Edward Bloom, a man who leads an extraordinary life—according to the stories he tells his son, Will
This orchestration is based on the Original 2013 Broadway Production. Only certain dialogue, lyrics, and keys have been altered for the school edition.
This show is orchestrated to be stick conducted from the podium and has 2 separate keyboard books, both with very dense programming. It is recommended to have 2 proficient players both of whom are experienced at playing shows with lots of keyboard programming.
Keyboard 1 is the primary piano book but it does have lots of programming. Those patches and sounds include various acoustic pianos, harp, strings of various articulations, celeste, B3 organ, latin percussion, woodwinds, vibes, and orchestral brass among many others. You will need a player who can navigate the playing and the programming.
Keyboard 2 is much more dense than Keyboard 1 and adds lots of orchestral padding to the live players. Sounds include strings, woodwinds, harp, brass, orchestral percussion, magical bells, and even a piano scrape, metal pipe, and a bowed waterphone. This is a satisfying book to play once it is mastered.
ORIGINAL KEYBOARD PROGRAMMER
Synthesizer Programmer: James Abbott
ORIGINAL MUSIC TEAM
Music & Lyrics by: Andrew Lippa
Book by: John August
Based on the novel “Big Fish” by: Daniel Wallace
Based on the Columbia Pictures film screenplay by: John August
Musical Director: Mary-Mitchell Campbell
Music orchestrated by: Larry Hochman
Dance music arrangements by: Sam Davis
Vocal arrangements by: Andrew Lippa
Incidental music by: Andrew Lippa
Associate Musical Director: Shawn Gough
Additional orchestrations by: Bruce Coughlin
Original 2013 Broadway Orchestra
Conducted by: Mary-Mitchell Campbell
Associate Conductor: Shawn Gough
Keyboard 1: David Gardos
Keyboard 2: Shawn Gough
Reeds: Charles Pillow and Richard Walburn
Trumpet: Dylan Schwab
French Horn: David Byrd-Marrow
Violin: Cenovia Cummins
Viola: Liuh-Wen Ting
Cello: Summer Boggess
Guitar: Jim Hershman and Alec Berlin
Bass: Brian Hamm
Drums: Perry Cavari
Percussion: Billy Miller
Music Preparation: Kaye-Houston Music
Musical Coordinator: Michael Keller
Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH tells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest…and then some! 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, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. Overflowing with heart and humor, BIG FISH is an extraordinary musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre—for an experience that’s richer, funnier and bigger than life itself.
BIG FISH School Edition is a slightly reworked version of the original Broadway script. The School Edition has been carefully edited, with additional director’s notes throughout, to make the show more producible for high school groups. In some cases problematic language has been changed, while in others an alternate choice is offered at the discretion of the director.