A complete guide to Big the Musical at the Dominion Theatre
Big the Musical will play its final performance at the Dominion Theatre on 2nd November 2019. Why not read more about The Prince of Egypt, coming to the Dominion in 2020?
Based on the body-swapping movie starring Tom Hanks, Big the Musical received its West End premiere at the Dominion Theatre later this year. When a pre-teen is suddenly thrust into adulthood after a wish comes true, the mundane is made exciting in this musical adventure.
All you need to know about Big the Musical
When was the film released?
Big was released in the summer of 1988, starring Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins and John Heard. One of many body-swapping movies to be released that year along with Vice Versa and 18 Again!, Big stuck in the hearts of minds of all filmgoers. The movie went on to have great success at the box office, grossing over $151 million and is currently in the top 150 comedy movies released worldwide. In 2008, the American Film Institute listed Big in the top 10 fantasy films, along with The Wizard of Oz and King Kong.
What’s the synopsis?
One morning, 12-year-old Josh Baskin wakes up and looks in the mirror to a startling face; a 30-year-old man stares him back in the mirror. He’s still 12, but he’s an adult. Finding himself in another body, follow Josh as he navigates how to grow up while looking like an adult, furnishing his apartment with toys and working in the office at the same time. Balancing his seemingly double life, Josh quickly learns that when you’re an adult, words have a bigger impact than actions.
Who starred in Big?
Jay McGuiness will play Josh Baskin as made famous by Tom Hanks, who is currently starring in Rip It Up at the Garrick Theatre. In 2016, McGuiness made his professional theatre debut in the national tour of Big, alongside Diana Vickers and Gary Wilmot. However, he is best known for being one-fifth of British band The Wanted who had chart-topping success with songs including “All Time Low” and “Glad You Came”. He is also a Strictly Come Dancing winner, lifting the Glitterball trophy in 2015 with professional dance partner, Aliona Vilani.
Kimberley Walsh, Wendi Peters and Matthew Kelly will also star in the production.
The cast is completed by Lori Haley Fox, Edward Handoll, Harrison Dadswell, Jamie O’Connor, Jake Simon, Jobe Hart, Austen Phelan, Theo Wilkinson, Charlie Bull, Colin Burnicle, Christie-Lee Crosson, Vicki Davids, Alex Fobbester, Leanne Garretty, Stuart Hickey, Matt Holland, Tash Holway, Ross McLaren, Richard Murphy, Eddie Myles, Katharine Pearson, Anton Fosh, Gemma Fuller, Gary Murphy, Katy Osborne, Olufemi Alaka, Coco Cousin-Brown, Asher Ezeguiel, Ellis Griffiths, Imogen Law Hing Choy, Noah Leggott, Amaya Lucas, Cassia McCarthy, Ophelia Parsons, Bailey Razdan, Lucinda Wicks and Chanel Zinyemba.
What songs are in Big the Musical?
Take a listen to the songs from the musical here, performed by the original UK cast including Jay McGuinness, Diana Vickers and Gary Wilmot.
Unusual facts about Big the Musical
The walking piano that was built for the movie was 16 feet long, with a musical range of three octaves. The prop was eventually sold for $15,000.
The musical received its world premiere in January 1996 after a pre-Broadway tryout in Detroit. The production eventually transferred to Broadway three months later, receiving five Tony Award nominations.
In 2014, it was announced that Big would be adapted for a comedy television series, exploring childhood and what it means to be an adult.