Theatrical Outfit Continues 40th Anniversary Season with BIG FISH (The Musical), December 1 – 18

Theatrical Outfit Continues 40th Anniversary Season with BIG FISH (The Musical), December 1 – 18

Be ordinary ... or be BIG!

“Remarkable! A show for everyone who loves musicals. Don’t dare miss this!”  — Variety

Atlanta audiences are invited to explore something beyond the usual fare this holiday season: Big Fish, a magical, new 12-actor musical adaptation of the best-selling book by Daniel Wallace and hit Tim Burton film. Patrons mature and miniature will follow the life of storytelling salesman Edward Bloom  (Travis Smith of The Outfit’s smash hit Memphis) as he fights mortality and tries to convince a doubtful son that there’s more to life than meets the eye. This epic whopper of a tale plays December 1 – 18, continuing Theatrical Outfit’s 40th Anniversary Season of Hope

Big Fish

Book by John August
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, The Adams Family, A Little Princess)
Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia motion picture directed by Tim Burton
Directed by Tom Key
December 1 – 18, 2016 at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s

Inspired by the novel and hit Tim Burton film, Big Fish spotlights Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman whose biggest hope is to live life to its fullest. Edward’s tall-tales thrill everyone in earshot except his questioning son Will, about to be a father himself, who demands to know the truth behind Dad’s epic stories of giants, fortune-telling witches and mermaids. Full of heart, humor and inventive stagecraft, Big Fish offers an experience only theatre can – one that’s richer, funnier and bigger than life itself.

Previews: December 1-2, 2016 at 7:30PM
Opening Night: December 3, 2016 at 7:30PM
Regular Performances: December 4-18, 2016

Theatrical Outfit’s performances of Big Fish are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30PM and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30PM. Tickets range from $20-$50 and may be purchased online at or by calling 678.528.1500. Group pricing is available. For info, email

*Ticket prices are subject to availability. Fees and taxes apply. Order early for best pricing.

Downtown Dialogue
— Sunday, December 11, 12:30pm-1:30pm in the Balzer Theater at Herren’s
Be downtown and join a panel of special guests in an open dialogue about the social, political and global themes in the show! Open to all patrons with a ticket to any performance of the current production.

Page to Stage Talk Back, sponsored by Macy's — Friday, December 16, post-show
Representatives from the creative team/staff share how they moved the show from script to finished production.

Gallery —Visitors to Theatrical Outfit may view a gallery of whimsical and joyous pieces by local artist Sherry Cook and her daughter Katie Turner.

Travis Smith* – Edward Bloom
Laura Floyd* – Sandra Bloom
Ben Thorpe* – Will Bloom
Julissa Sabino* – Josephine Bloom
Gabe Bowles – Young Will/Will’s Son
Naima Carter Russell* – Jenny Hill
Bill Murphey* – Amos/Dr. Bennett/Mayor
Randi Garza* – The Witch
Caroline Arapoglou – The Girl in the Water
Blake Burgess – The Giant
Daniel Burns – Don Price
Benjamin Davis – Zacky Price
Joseph Masson, Jimmica Collins, Alexandra Duncan, Trevor Goble, Edward McCreary – Understudies

Tom Key* – Director
S. Renee Clark – Musical Director
Ricardo Aponte – Choreographer
Isabel and Moriah Curley-Clay – Scenic and Costume Designers
Joseph Futral – Lighting Designer
Rob Brooksher – Sound Designer
MC Park – Properties Designer
Clifton Guterman* – Assistant Director and Casting Director
Barbara Gantt O'Haley*  – Stage Manager
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association

THANK YOU TO OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS for Big Fish: Tall Tales Books, Decatur Book Festival, Compassionate Atlanta

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Fulton County Office of Cultural Affairs, Turner Broadcasting, City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Jackson Spalding, Publix Super Markets Charities, The Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund


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Anthony Cali Marketing and Development Coordinator, Theatrical Outfit
About Theatrical Outfit

Stories that stir the soul.

OUR VISION: A compassionate, joyful, and just community.
OUR MISSION: Produce world-class theatre that starts the conversations that matter.

ABOUT THEATRICAL OUTFIT: Atlanta’s second-oldest professional theatre company was founded in 1976 and has been led by Artistic Director Tom Key since fall 1995. Key led the company through the creation of its award-winning downtown home, the Balzer Theater at Herren’s, the first U.S. theater to achieve LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Balzer Theater is also the historical site of Herren’s, the first restaurant in Atlanta to voluntarily desegregate in 1962; its first African American patrons were Dr. Lee and Delores Shelton. Mrs. Shelton passed away in 2019, but Dr. Shelton remains a patron at Theatrical Outfit to this day. Key's programming of classics, regional and world premieres, and musicals tell soul-stirring stories, with themes that explore diversity, equality, ethnicity, race, and religion; and often feature the best writers of the American South, including Ernest Gaines, Lauren Gunderson, Horton Foote, Harper Lee, Flannery O’Connor, Janece Shaffer, Sherry Shephard-Massat, Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder, and Tennessee Williams. After ten years of capital investment, T.O. is in new territory. Having retired its mortgage, the staff, trustees, and artists have launched a new 2018-2020 Strategic Plan designed to produce great art, diversify and grow our audience, increase revenue and reserves, develop artists who contribute to the dramatic canon, and maintain an effective organization. In September of 2018, Theatrical Outfit welcomed Gretchen E. Butler as Managing Director.

ABOUT OUR VENUE: Unless otherwise noted, Theatrical Outfit's productions are performed in The Balzer Theater at Herren’s at 84 Luckie Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303. Theatrical Outfit utilizes a Loop Listening System, making The Balzer Theater at Herren’s the first theater in the state of Georgia to incorporate this technology. Attendees with T-coil hearing aids may participate automatically, and others needing enhancement may obtain system-compatible headsets from our lobby Box Office.

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