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Nr 454: Big Fish (2014)

2 Nov

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Big Fish (2014)
Broadway, 98 föreställningar

Sverigepremiär på Uppsala Stadsteater 2019
Music & Lyrics: Andrew Lippa
Book: John August baserad på hans manus till filmen med samma namn från 2003, i sin tur baserad på  Daniel Wallaces roman  Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions från 1998.

Edward Bloom is 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.
The story shifts between two timelines.
In the present-day real world, sixty-year-old Edward Bloom faces his mortality while Will prepares to become a father himself.
In the storybook past, Edward ages from teenager, encountering a Witch, a Giant, a Mermaid, and the love of his life, Sandra.
The stories meet in the present-day as Will discovers the secret his father never revealed.

En musikal som jag inte riktigt blir klok på.
Gillade Broadwayversionen och var förvånad över att den floppade men samtidigt så ogillade jag verkligen den svenska varianten som jag tyckte var ofokuserad, luddig och ganska så ointressant.
På Broadway charmad och i Uppsala lite uttråkad.
Så en musikal som genom olika uppsättningar ger 2 totalt olika intryck.
Och det är ju lite intressant i sig.

Musiken är av typen klassisk Broadwaymusikal men med lite countryinspiration. Några catchiga bitar, inte dålig på nått sätt men inte heller så intressant att den fastnar eller inspirerar till omlyssning.

Press:
Norbert Leo Butz is cutting loose in another one of his don’t-dare-miss-this perfs in ‘Big Fish,’ a show that speaks to anyone pining for a studiously heart-warming musical about the efforts of a dying man to justify a lifetime of lousy parenting to his alienated son.
– Marilyn Stasio, Variety

This final Broadway version of ”Big Fish” has changed considerably, and improved in leaps and bounds, from the version audiences saw in Chicago, especially in the radically different first act.
. . .
With the indefatigable, deeply engaged and seemingly irreplaceable Norbert Leo Butz driving its storytelling and willing the show’s crucial emotional subtext into being by sheer force of talent and will, ”Big Fish” arrives on Broadway as an earnest, family-friendly, heart-warming and mostly successful new American musical-
– Chris Jones, The Chicago Tribune

Here, though, [Director Susan Stroman] seems to be drawing almost randomly from her bottomless bag of tricks. Yes, her use of dancers to embody an enchanted forest and a campfire is delightful. And it’s hard not to chuckle when those two-stepping elephants make a cameo appearance. But if the show is all about the need for personal myths, it has to let its leading mythmaker take charge.
– Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Wholesomeness gets a bad rap on Broadway these days, usually regarded as the kind of unbearably sweet and inoffensive entertainment that sophisticated theatergoers must endure while taking their conservative grandmas out for a night on the town. […] But Big Fish, the new musical that tattoos its heart on its arm, displays no fear in plopping its unabashed wholesomeness right in your lap. Its spirit is steeped in Rodgers and Hammerstein decency that propels an evening that’s adventurous, romantic and, yeah, kinda hip.
– Michael Dale, BroadwayWorld.com

It’s no spoiler to say that imagination wins out, particularly in director-choreographer Susan Stroman’s visually lavish production, which boasts dancing circus elephants, a mermaid who pops up from the orchestra pit, and tree trunks that ingeniously morph into a coven of witches. Don Holder’s lighting, William Ivey Long’s costumes, and Benjamin Pearcy’s projections are often wondrous to behold
. . .
For the most part, though, Big Fish finds theatrically inventive ways to reel audiences into its central love story. In this case, it isn’t boy-meets-girl but father-hooks-son. And Edward Bloom is quite a catch.
– Thom Geler, Entertainment Weekly

Om den svenska versionen skrev pressen:

Ytterst professionellt iscensatt, men sockrat sentimental – ”Big fish” på Uppsala stadsteater öser på med allt. Det uppstår en mättnadskänsla i denna fantasimusikal om konflikten mellan en fabulerande far och en sanningssökande son.
– Karin Helander, Svenska Dagbladet

Om filmen och den ursprungliga boken är en folksaga om en son som på klassiskt vis söker en frånvarande far, är detta en betydligt vardagligare historia. Det är en vinst.

Kanske skulle någon invända att huvudtemat – pappan som hittade på sitt liv – går förlorat i den mer realistiska infattning som förkroppsligas av Gustav Levins och Åsa Forsblad Morisses garanterat barntillåtna äktenskapsskildring. Inte mig emot när de sjunger så bra och visar att det går utmärkt att fabulera under ett par nöjsamma timmar.
– Leif Zern, Dagens Nyheter

Videosar:
Trailer för Uppsala Stadsteaterversionen
High Lights Broadway
Time Stops
Daffodils
Be The Hero

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