Big, The Musical
A frustrated adolescent magically becomes an adult, discovering life is not simply child's play.
Show Essentials
7
Roles
+ Ensemble
PG
Rated
2
Acts

Full Synopsis

 

Act One

Two New Jersey teens, Josh Baskin and Billy Kopecki, practice an MTV-style hip-hop dance routine as the curtain rises ("Come On, Baby"). A group of teenage girls, including fourteen-year-old Cynthia Benson, enter. Josh, who has a massive crush on her, tries to calm down, act naturally, and just talk to her ("Talk to Her"). Cynthia approaches Josh and he freezes. After she leaves, Billy tries to convince Josh that Cynthia likes him, and gives Josh advice on how to talk to her. We see Cynthia and the other girls arranging their hair and adjusting their make-up as they complain about the time it takes to grow up.

As Josh continues to wonder how other boys can talk to girls with apparent ease, his parents enter. They announce the family will attend the local carnival. When Josh mentions he'd rather stay home and play his new computer game, his parents wonder if Josh's sour mood is due to a new adolescent interest in girls. Billy re-enters and tells Josh that Cynthia will probably be at the carnival alone. Again, Billy coaches Josh on what he should say to her. As the two boys sing and dance their hip-hop routine, the carnival appears around them. Josh convinces his parents to give him and Billy money for the Wild Thunder rollercoaster ride. Billy notices Cynthia has joined the line behind them. Once more, Billy urges Josh to talk to her. Just as Josh gets up his courage to speak, sixteen-year-old Derek enters and places his arm around Cynthia, who mentions with awe to Josh and Billy that Derek drives. When Josh and Billy get to the front of the line, the ticket taker tells Josh he is not big enough to ride the Wild Thunder.

After Cynthia and Derek pass them to get on the ride, Josh walks off and finds himself in a deserted part of the carnival. He works off his frustration by again doing his hip-hop routine as a row of funhouse mirrors appear behind him. As Josh looks at himself in the mirrors, he notices an antique arcade machine: a glass box encasing a red devil's head with the words 'Zoltar Speaks' written across the top. Josh follows the instructions to insert a coin into a ramp leading to Zoltar's mouth. When nothing happens, Josh kicks the machine and it comes to life. Music plays, lights flash and Zoltar begins to move. It instructs Josh to make a wish. Josh wishes to be big and hits the machine again, causing the coin to drop into Zoltar's mouth. As thunder sounds and lightning flashes, Josh notices the power cord to the machine is not plugged in. He runs home and dives under his covers.

The following morning from the kitchen of the Baskin house, Mrs. Baskin tries to wake Josh, yelling up to his room. As she tidies up the kitchen and sets Josh's breakfast on the table, she considers her life as an overworked wife and mother ("Say Good Morning to Mom"). Upstairs, a now fully-grown Josh gets out of bed, looks in the mirror to inspect a pimple on his face, and discovers to his horror that he has become an adult overnight. He dives into the closet, just as his mother enters to collect his dirty laundry. He disguises his now deeper voice and somehow manages to avoid being seen by her. When his mother leaves the room, Josh tries unsuccessfully to fit into a pair of his twelve-year-old self's jeans, finally grabbing one of his father's sweatsuits. As Josh tiptoes across the kitchen toward the door, the baby begins to cry. When Josh tries to quiet her, she screams even louder. Hiding under the kitchen table, Josh again manages just barely to avoid being seen by his mother; however, his mother lifts the tablecloth, sees the adult Josh and, assuming he is a burglar and kidnapper, offers him her purse. Josh tries to tell her who he is, but when she grabs a hand-held mixer and begins yelling for the police, he runs out of the house.

Josh is a bit hysterical, wondering how he has gotten so big so suddenly; soon, he remembers Zoltar ("Big"). After wishing he could undo what has happened, Josh goes to his junior high school to find Billy. Billy, like Mrs. Baskin, doesn't believe this grown man could be Josh, but Josh finally convinces Billy by telling him things only Josh could know and by performing their hip-hop routine.

Billy and Josh are in the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City, surrounded by an assortment of commuters, panhandlers and various other people who live and work there. After being approached by a panhandler, Billy and Josh decide to ask someone at a video arcade where they might find a Zoltar machine. The arcade manager suggests they ask the Bureau of Arcades and Amusements for a complete list of carnivals. He gives them the address, telling them to expect a three to four week wait. When Josh complains he can't wait that long, Billy points out most kids would love the chance to be grown-up and do whatever they want, without fear of parental reprimands ("Big Boys"). After Billy assures Josh getting a job will be easy, Josh eventually agrees this is his chance to feel grown-up feelings without waiting to grow. After suggesting Josh find a place to sleep in the terminal, Billy leaves to go back home. Josh, alone and scared, calls his mother, but she still believes the grown-up Josh has kidnapped her son. A police detective grabs the phone from her and Josh quickly hangs up. He sits down and begins to cry.

The next day, Josh has found himself a large Manhattan toy store, where an animated clock is whistling accompanied by a chorus of salespeople, wooden soldiers and clowns inviting customers to come in. Josh, attempting to sound and look like an adult, tells a salesperson he wants a job and is directed up to the personnel office. He is then accosted by a little boy who shoots him with a ping pong ball fired from a toy space gun. Josh chases the boy as the employees and the animated clock continue inviting customers into the store. George MacMillan enters, approaches a little girl, and asks her if she would rather play with her doll or with an evil looking space action figure he holds in his hand. The girl's mother intercedes, dragging the girl away from MacMillan. He then approaches a little boy with the action figure; the boy screams and runs away. Josh, now holding a toy space gun and chasing the boy who shot him, crashes into MacMillan and knocks him down. When MacMillan asks Josh if he is trying out the toy gun for his son, Josh responds that he merely wanted to see if the gun is fun to play with. MacMillan, owner of the MacMillan Toy Company, introduces himself to Josh and tells him his company is having trouble coming up with a Christmas toy that will sell. MacMillan bemoans the difficulty of understanding what kids find 'fun.' Josh points out why several of MacMillan Toy Company's formerly big-selling games and toys aren't fun anymore. The store employees push out a large toy keyboard, upon which Josh and MacMillan then dance, first plunking out Chopsticks and then Heart and Soul. After they dance, MacMillan offers Josh a job at his company ("The Time of Your Life").

Billy accompanies Josh on Josh's first day at MacMillan Toys, a very sleek and cold corporate office. As Josh and Billy speak to a chilly receptionist, a chorus of junior executives welcomes them to MacMillan Toys, describing what they do and how the company was founded ("Welcome to MacMillan Toys"). Miss Watson, an executive secretary, arrives to take Josh to his new office as the junior executives continue to sing their welcome. Susan Lawrence, Vice-President in charge of Marketing, enters with an armful of folders; she is followed by Paul Seymour, Vice-President of Product Development, who is carrying a 'Dr. Deathstar' action figure, the latest hope for MacMillan's Christmas catalogue. Susan complains she can't get any work done because of her secretary's impending wedding ("My Secretary's in Love"). Josh, rushing to find the conference room where he is to meet MacMillan and the other executives, bumps into Susan and knocks her folders on the floor. Rick Birnbaum, Ron Barrett and Arthur Lipton, the Vice-Presidents in charge of Advertising, Production and Promotion, respectively, arrive as Josh helps Susan pick up the folders. Susan and Paul introduce themselves to Josh. As they all wait for the conference where Mr. MacMillan will announce the season's top toy design, Paul boasts the conference will go smoothly and quickly. When Mr. MacMillan arrives, he and Josh announce the Dr. Deathstar figure is not fun to play with; MacMillan then announces he is halting the planned release of the toy. He demands the executives reevaluate their previous toy designs and introduces Josh to everyone as the new Vice-President in charge of Product Evaluation. As MacMillan shows Josh his huge toy-filled office, Paul complains about MacMillan's decision to drop the toy based on Josh's opinion. Billy meets Josh in his office and is shocked at its large size. Josh discovers Miss Watson will get them all the junk food and videos they ask for; he even asks her to type Billy's algebra homework. After Josh explains to Billy that his job is to play with all the new toy prototypes and discover which ones are fun, they start to realize being big can be fun ("Big Boys [Reprise]").

Elsewhere, Susan has broken up with Paul and immediately gets a headache ("Office Politics"). Susan goes to Josh's office to ask if he has any aspirin but interrupts a game of Astro-Blaster between him and Billy. Billy introduces himself to Susan as Josh's Special Assistant for Research and Testing. Josh mentions Susan should see the apartment he has been given, which he is free to furnish any way he wants. Susan takes this as an invitation and accepts. She leaves Josh's office excited and flushed she has accepted his invitation as Paul and the junior executives watch on with jealousy.

Billy and Josh enter, looking slightly green and carrying shoulderbags and backpacks filled with junk food. After discussing how many hot dogs they've eaten over the course of the day, they pretend to vomit and squirt strings of Silly String all over each other. Josh's large loft appears around them; it is filled with the kinds of things a thirteen-year-old boy might wish for: arcade games, a huge TV, a Coke machine, pinball machines, a basketball hoop. Josh mentions he has two tickets to Saturday's Knicks vs. Bulls game; he tells Billy he'll meet him at the game, after attending a company party. Susan then appears, carrying a bag of groceries. Billy soon leaves and Susan, who is nervous and excited to be alone with Josh in his apartment, gives him the bag of groceries, which contains caviar and champagne. Josh gets two glasses--plastic mugs with NFL logos on them--as Susan nervously talks about her decision to come over. Josh asks about the caviar; Susan mentions it is Beluga, and spreads some on a cracker. He tastes it and immediately spits it out; Susan gives him the champagne to drink, which he also spits out. Josh pulls his shirt out of his pants, wipes his tongue on it, finds a can of Coke and gargles with it. As Susan continues talking, Josh asks her what games she wants to play. He mentions a number of games he has in his apartment, finally realizing all of his toys are for boys ("Do You Want To Play Games?"). Josh then mentions he can give Susan stars and presses a button on a remote control unit; the lights go out and the walls and ceiling are covered with pinpoints of light ("Stars, Stars, Stars"). Josh tells her he found the little planetarium at the Museum of Natural History and points out constellations; Susan joins Josh in looking at the stars. Susan, realizing she is sitting on Josh's bed, admits that she was hoping Josh would ask her to spend the night. Josh immediately invites her to spend the night for a sleepover party; he gives her a pair of pajamas and hops up to the top bunk of his bunk bed. He then leans over the top, dangling his fists, and tells her to pick a hand. When she does, he gives her the 'Official Startraveller's Compass' he was hiding in that hand. Although a bit confused and even disappointed, Susan thanks him and mentions how wonderful the evening has been and goes to sleep.

Now it is Saturday. At the chic, black-tie company party is in progress in the garden of a midtown Manhattan restaurant, MacMillan employees are dancing stiffly as an offstage band plays. Paul shows Lipton a copy of Josh's job application, which is filled with the kind of answers a twelve-year-old would write. As Paul tries to show Susan the application, Josh enters in a white dress suit; everyone applauds his entrance. Josh then gives Susan her lipstick, which he mentions he found behind his bed. Paul becomes very upset. After Mr. MacMillan greets Josh, Paul demands Josh play a game of Toss Your Cookies. When Paul misses on his cookie throw, he blames Josh claiming he hit his arm. Josh denies this and refuses to give him back his cookie; Paul jumps on Josh and starts beating him up. Susan pulls Paul off Josh, accusing Paul of being jealous and demanding he return to her his set of keys to her apartment. Susan goes to comfort Josh as Mr. MacMillan takes the floor and demands the executives find a way to connect with kids. Josh suggests everyone should dance, and he and the kids who have come with their parents begin to do so ("Cross The Line"). MacMillan threatens to fire anyone who doesn't dance - including Paul, who has been trying to show Mr. MacMillan Josh's personnel file. MacMillan tells everyone they have three days to come up with the design for a new Christmas toy. Susan kisses Josh and the dance goes into slow motion. When Billy enters and tells Josh the Knicks/Bulls game starts in fifteen minutes, Josh tells him he can't go with him. Josh leaves with Susan as the dance continues; Billy stares at them as the curtain falls.

Act Two

Back in their New Jersey neighborhood, Billy is throwing away all of the things he has shared with Josh: the baseball bat Josh taught Billy how to bunt with, their fourth-grade Field Day medal, Josh's dirtbike pedal, their two-way walkie-talkie system, and the list of carnivals he has received from the Bureau of Arcades and Amusements. Mrs. Baskin enters, carrying a box from the bakery. She mentions to Billy today is Josh's thirteenth birthday and she bought a cake just in case he came home. Billy assures her Josh will return soon and exits, retrieving the list of carnivals from the trash. Now alone, she reflects on life and fondly remembers Josh's childhood and wishes she could have stopped time to keep him from growing up too quickly ("Stop, Time"). Suddenly, Josh enters and stares at his mother, as all the neighborhood kids surround Josh, clapping their hands and wishing him a happy birthday. Cynthia picks up the cake Mrs. Baskin has left behind and the candles burst into flame as we hear Zoltar's voice. Josh screams and collapses. All goes dark ("The Nightmare").

It is 4:00 A.M. Susan, who is still working at her office desk, notices Josh asleep on the floor in front of her sofa. She is working on a game which involves boxing with oversized boxing gloves while standing in a Hula Hoop and wakes Josh to ask for help. She and Josh, each standing in their hoops, begin to box. They continue playing until they eventually tumble out of their hoops, rolling around and hitting each other. Suddenly, Josh finds himself on top of Susan. He quickly rolls off, and they remove their gloves. Susan suggests they try to imagine they are kids and asks Josh to pick an age. He suggests thirteen. When he asks Susan what she liked to do as a thirteen-year-old girl, she has trouble remembering, but soon recalls how she was constantly busy with dance classes ("Dancing All The Time"). She convinces Josh to ballroom dance with her and Young Josh appears. As Josh and Susan dance, Young Josh wonders about what men and women do together. Older Josh wonders how a woman kisses a man ("I Want To Know"). They continue to dance until, finally, Susan and Josh embrace.

It is the following morning. We see the exhausted and disheveled MacMillan executives greeting each other. Soon after Miss Watson arrives, the elevator doors open and Josh enters. He is dressed in an Armani suit, wearing dark glasses and, unlike the others, full of energy. He greets Miss Watson exuberantly and asks her to make some coffee for him ("Coffee, Black"). Josh tells her he has come up with a great idea for the Christmas toy and asks her to contact the various company departments. With Miss Watson following closely behind, Josh finds the other junior executives, shows them his design, and tells them what he needs from their departments. As Josh moves through the company, Paul shows Mr. MacMillan his own design: a bar for kids, stocked with tiny liquor bottles. MacMillan tells him the idea is ridiculous and goes back to his office, where Josh and the other excited executives meet him. They tell him Josh has found the perfect toy but when MacMillan asks to see it, Josh tells him he'll have to wait for the presentation meeting on the following morning. After a tense moment, MacMillan throws his arm around Josh, praising him to the other executives. MacMillan demands the others make sure Josh gets whatever he needs. Later that day, Billy arrives and shows Josh the list of carnivals that have finally arrived. Josh informs him that he doesn't want to go back to being a kid anymore. He even offers Billy a job if he decides to find the Zoltar machine and make the same wish. Billy becomes very angry and Josh accuses him of being jealous. Susan, who does not see Billy, enters and kisses Josh. Billy storms out as he wishes Josh a happy birthday. Susan, not realizing that it is Josh's birthday, invites him to accompany her to dinner with her friends. Josh is excited at the prospect of attending a grown-up dinner and eagerly accepts.

Nick & Abigail and Tom & Diane, two married couples who are friends of Susan, sip drinks and set caviar and crackers in a stereotypical 'yuppie' living room while listening to classical music. They all discuss Susan's love life and anticipate meeting the new, wonderful boyfriend she has told them all about. Susan and Josh arrive. Susan's friends greet Josh, scrutinizing him the way close friends do, and warn him not to hurt her. Josh, who doesn't smoke or drink, immediately impresses the friends with his unpretentiousness. The women all go into the kitchen, and Abigail and Diane tell Susan how they find Josh wonderful and adorable ("The Real Thing"). Meanwhile, Josh and the other guys talk in the living room; Tom offers Josh the tray of caviar. After making sure the caviar isn't Beluga, he tries. He immediately spits it out, finds a throw pillow on the couch and wipes his tongue on it, leaving a big black smear. The women return from the kitchen with a tray of steamed artichokes and a bottle of champagne. Abigail sees the pillow, forces a laugh, turns it over and throws it back on the couch. She then asks Josh to open the bottle of champagne for a toast, but he has no idea how. The others begin eating the artichokes and Abigail, seeing the trouble Josh is having, asks Tom to open the bottle. Josh, who has never eaten an artichoke before, takes a big bite off the top. He winces as he tries to chew it. Nick then asks Josh to move Tom's brand-new BMW before he gets a parking ticket. Josh, who has never driven, hesitantly takes the keys. As they patiently sit and wait, an enormous crash is heard. Tom quickly exits. Josh then returns and explains that the car went into reverse. A distraught Tom returns shortly thereafter with a large piece of the wrecked BMW. Abigail, Diane and Nick try to lighten the mood by offering a toast to Susan and Josh, but Josh suddenly runs out of the apartment.

Susan finds Josh on the roof. She tries to console him by telling him what she loves about him. Realizing he made a mistake, Josh tells her he is really a thirteen-year-old boy from New Jersey who became magically big after making a wish at a carnival. She refuses to believe him and slaps him. Confused and emotional, she then professes his love and leaves. An upset Josh returns to his old neighborhood ("Neighborhood Ballet"). He now realizes being grown-up is not all it is cracked up to be. It means having to take responsibility for one's actions ("When You're Big"). Billy enters. He and Josh reconcile, and the two head off to find the Zoltar machine.

Josh and Billy find themselves in a nearby warehouse. Searching the cavernous area, Josh eventually finds a Zoltar machine. Susan, whom Josh has called in anticipation of his transformation, arrives. Billy leaves the two alone in private; Susan now realizes everything Josh has told her about himself is true. She recognizes the Zoltar machine and agrees that it's time to let go -- allow Josh to return to his former self. The two say goodbye to each other, and Josh begins to cry ("We're Gonna Be Fine"). Susan shows Josh the Startraveller Compass ring he gave her and they promise they'll never forget each other. Billy returns with a bag of quarters and Josh inserts one into the machine. He kicks the machine and it comes to life. As Billy and Susan watch, Josh makes his wish and is magically transformed back into a thirteen-year-old boy. He and Billy break into their hip-hop routine. Josh and Susan wave goodbye as Susan exits. Mrs. Baskin enters and embraces Josh as the curtain falls.

Casting

Casting

Cast Size: Flexible
Cast Type: Children
Dance Requirements: Standard

Character Breakdown

Josh Baskin
The story's protagonist. He has the mind, spirit, and innocence of a 13 year-old trapped in the body of a 30 year-old.
Gender: male
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2
Susan Lawrence
The attractive, business-oriented Vice President of Marketing at MacMillan Toy Company. Possesses a secret giddy, school-girl innocence about her. She eventually falls for Josh.
Gender: female
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Mrs. Baskin
Josh's frustrated, protective, and loving mother who is struggling with parenting a pre-teen.
Gender: female
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: F#5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Billy Kopecki
Josh's best and most supportive friend. He is optimistic, inventive, and encouraging.
Gender: male
Age: 11 to 13
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: F#3
Young Josh Baskin
Obscure, seventh grade pre-teen who is frustrated by his parents and his age.
Gender: male
Age: 11 to 13
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: F3
George Macmillan
The owner of the MacMillan Toy Company who is fighting to save his company. Distinguished, playful, and a bit spry.
Gender: male
Age: 60 to 70
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: C3
Paul Seymour
The Vice President for Product Development at MacMillan Toy Company vying for Susan's affection. Handsome, aggressive, self-absorbed.
Gender: male
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: Eb4
Vocal range bottom: Ab3
Ensemble
Adults; Children; Sales People; Junior Executives
Full Song List
Big, The Musical: Overture
Big, The Musical: Opening Sequence
Big, The Musical: Say Good Morning To Mom
Big, The Musical: You're A Big Boy Now
Big, The Musical: Time Of Your Life
Big, The Musical: Fun (Tag)
Big, The Musical: Welcome To MacMillan Toys
Big, The Musical: My Secretary's In Love
Big, The Musical: MacMillan Toys 2
Big, The Musical: Let's Not Move Too Fast
Big, The Musical: Do You Want To Play Games?
Big, The Musical: Stars
Big, The Musical: Little Susan Lawrence
Big, The Musical: Cross The Line
Big, The Musical: It's Time
Big, The Musical: Stop, Time
Big, The Musical: The Nightmare
Big, The Musical: Dancing All The Time
Big, The Musical: I Want To Know
Big, The Musical: Coffee, Black
Big, The Musical: The Real Thing
Big, The Musical: Josh's "big"/Ballet
Big, The Musical: We're Gonna Be Fine

Show History

Inspiration

Big The Musical is an adaptation of the 1988 20th Century Fox film Big starring Tom Hanks. The idea for a musical based on the film initially came from actress Didi Conn, wife of composer David Shire. At first, the composer balked at the idea but after his longtime collaborator Richard Maltby Jr. penned lyrics for a song called "I Want To Know," Shire had a change of heart.

Productions

In January of 1994, composers Maltby and Shire played their score of Big for Mike Ockrent who immediately agreed to come on as Director. Book writer John Weidman and choreographer Susan Stroman completed the creative team. The cast featured Daniel Jenkins, Crista Moore, Brett Tabisel, and Barbara Walsh. Big The Musical held its out-of-town tryout in Detroit in February of 1996. Between the Detroit engagement and the New York opening, four songs were added to the first act, two songs were substantially altered, and the main character of Josh was also largely rewritten.

Big The Musical opened at the Shubert Theater in New York on April 28, 1996. The show could not achieve the same level of success that the movie did and closed on October 13th, 1996. It was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Book, Best Score and Best Choreography.

In early 1997, PACE Theatricals announced a 40-week national tour of a reworked version, in collaboration with Maltby and Shire. The tour launched in September of 1997 directed by Eric Schaeffer. Many songs were replaced by earlier ones seen in the workshop. The tour starred Jim Newman, Judy McClane, Jacqueline Piro and Ron Holgate.

Critical Reaction

"Big is so exuberantly gifted, it gives you the helium high of a balloon flight... It worked as a movie. It works as a show." -New York Times

"Big heart, big talent, and a really big show." -WABC-TV

"The ideal family musical." -USA Today

Academy Award

1988 - Best Actor, Nominee (Tom Hanks)

Drama Desk Award

1996 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, Nominee (Brett Tabisel)
1996 - Outstanding Lyrics, Nominee (Richard Maltby, Jr.)
1996 - Outstanding Music, Nominee (David Shire)
1996 - Outstanding Music, Nominee (David Shire)
1996 - Outstanding Lyrics, Nominee (Richard Maltby, Jr.)
1996 - Outstanding Musical, Nominee (Big)
1996 - Outstanding Orchestrations, Nominee (Douglas Besterman)
1996 - Outstanding Orchestration, Nominee (Douglas Besterman)
1996 - Outstanding Set Design-- Musical, Nominee (Robin Wagner)
1996 - Outstanding Set Design of a Musical, Nominee (Robin Wagner)
1996 - Outstanding Musical, Nominee (big, The Musical)
1996 - Outstanding Actor in a Musical, Nominee (Daniel Jenkins)
1996 - Outstanding Actor in a Musical, Nominee (Daniel Jenkins)
1996 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Nominee (Christa Moore)
1996 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Nominee (Crista Moore)
1996 - Outstanding Book of a Musical, Nominee (John Weidman)
1996 - Outstanding Book of a Musical, Nominee (John Weidman)
1996 - Outstanding Choreography, Nominee (Susan Stroman)
1996 - Outstanding Choreography, Nominee (Susan Stroman)
1996 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, Nominee (Brett Tabisel)

Tony® Award

1996 - Best Book Of A Musical, Nominee (John Weidman)
1996 - Best Original Score, Nominee (Music by David Shire; Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr.)
1996 - Best Actress in a Musical, Nominee (Crista Moore)
1996 - Best Featured Actor in a Musical, Nominee (Brett Tabisel)
1996 - Best Choreography, Nominee (Susan Stroman)
1996 - Actress (Musical), Nominee (Crista Moore)
1996 - Book Of A Musical, Nominee (John Weidman)
1996 - Choreography, Nominee (Susan Stroman)
1996 - Featured Actor In A Musical, Nominee (Brent Tabisel)
1996 - Original Score For A Musical, Nominee (David Shire and Richard Maltby Jr)

Theatre World Award

1996 - Best Debut Performance, Winner (Brett Tabisel)

Outer Critics Circle Award

1996 - Best Broadway Musical, Nominee (big, The Musical)

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Based on the Twentieth Century Fox film, Big, written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg.

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big
The Musical

Book by

JOHN WEIDMAN

Music by

 DAVID SHIRE

Lyrics by 

RICHARD MALTBY, JR

 

(Your Cast List)

 

Based upon the motion picture "big" Written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg
A TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM
 
(Your production credits, i.e. director, choreographer, etc.)
 
Originally Produced on Broadway by
JAMES B. FREYDBERG, KENNETH FELD
LAWRENCE MARK, KENNETH D. GREENBLATT

 

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Included Materials

ItemQuantity Included
LIBRETTO/VOCAL BOOK20
PIANO CONDUCTOR'S SCORE ACT 12
PIANO CONDUCTOR'S SCORE ACT 22
SONG PACKET1
STUDY GUIDE1

Production Resources

Resource
LOGO PACK
PERFORMANCE ACCOMPANIMENT RECORDING
PRODUCTIONPRO
REFERENCE RECORDING
REHEARSCORE+

STANDARD ORCHESTRATION

InstrumentationDoubling
BASS
DRUMSKIT , MARK TREE , SHAKER , SUSPENDED CYMBAL , TRIANGLE , WOOD BLOCK
GUITAR
HORN
HORN 2
KEYBOARD 1
KEYBOARD 2
PERCUSSION
REED 1ALTO SAXOPHONE , CLARINET , FLUTE , PICCOLO
REED 2CLARINET , ENGLISH HORN , FLUTE , OBOE , TENOR SAXOPHONE
REED 3ALTO SAXOPHONE , BARITONE SAXOPHONE , BASS CLARINET , BASSOON , CLARINET , Eb CLARINET , FLUTE
REED 4BASS CLARINET , CLARINET , FLUTE , TENOR SAXOPHONE
REED 5BASS SAXOPHONE , BASSOON , CLARINET
TROMBONE
TROMBONE 2
TRUMPET
TRUMPET 2
TRUMPET 3