Tuesday 23 April 2019

Musical version of hit film Big to premiere in West End

Jay McGuiness will star in the role made famous by Tom Hanks.

Jay McGuiness (Ian West/PA)
Jay McGuiness (Ian West/PA)

By Laura Harding, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

A musical adaptation of the hit film Big will premiere in the West End in September.

The show will star Jay McGuiness as Josh Baskin, a 12-year-old boy who finds himself trapped inside an adult’s body.

It is a role made famous by Tom Hanks in the 1988 film directed by Penny Marshall.

McGuiness, best known as a member of boy band The Wanted and the winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2015, first played the role at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in 2016.

The show follows Josh as a child who longs to be big and and when a mysterious Zoltar machine grants his wish, he finds himself forced to live and work in a grown-up world where his childlike innocence has a transforming effect on the adults he encounters.

The music for the show has been written by David Shire, with lyrics by Richard Maltby and a book by John Weidman.

The show will premiere in the West End at the Dominion Theatre for a nine-week season from September 6 to November 2 2019, with a gala night in aid of charity Make-A-Wish on September 17.

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