All Josh Baskin wants is to be big! Sick and tired of being told that he’s too small to do things, twelve-year-old Josh wishes big to a carnival arcade machine and wakes up to find his wish fulfilled. Stuck in an adult’s body Josh must find his way in a grown-up world navigating life, work and love along the way, all with the help of his young best friend, Billy. As his adult and child worlds start to separate Josh realises that being big is not as easy as he thought and must make the difficult decision between his new life and the one he has always known.
Based on the 1988 family fantasy movie, Big is the 1996 stage musical version with music by David Shire, lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr and book by John Weidman. The film starred Tom Hanks in one of his earliest roles (for which he was nominated for the 1989 Academy Award for Best Actor) and featured the now famous dancing on a ‘big’ toy keyboard scene.
Northern Light Theatre Company is thrilled to have David Gauci (2015 Cabaret Festival’s ‘Sold Out’It Was Worth The Weight) at the helm of this production, with the assistance of Shenayde Wilkinson-Sarti as choreographer and Emma Knights as musical director. This award-winning production team (Xanadu), will bring their wealth of experience to the Shedley Theatre in October with a cast of experienced performers alongside new and up-and-coming talent.
Rising star Charlie Smith (James Dean in Happy Days – The Musical) leads the cast as Josh Baskin alongside the award-winning Kate Hodges (Xanadu) as his leading lady, Susan. Jack Raftopolous heads the young ensemble as the Young Josh Baskin with Billy Kopeki, played by Daniel Vickers, right by his side. Angus Smith (White Christmas, Happy Days – The Musical) continues his run with Northern Light as Josh’s boss, Mr MacMillan. Sandy Wandel offers wisdom to all as Josh’s Mum with Ray Melton as Josh’s Father. Russell and Cheryl Ford (Happy Days – The Musical) play onstage parents again as Mr and Mrs Kopeki. Tom Drenthen (Little Shop Of Horrors, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers) features as Josh’s romantic opposition, Paul Seymour. The exceptionally talented Dione Baker appears as Miss Watson.
Big: The Musical runs October 9 to 24 at 8:00pm with matinee performances on October 17 and 24 at 2:00pm at the Shedley Theatre, Elizabeth. Tickets can be purchased online at www.northernlight.org.au or via phone on 8281 5026 or 8262 7713. Tickets are also available through BASS.
Look out for Brian Godfrey’s interview with Charlie Smith next week