The musical

Shubert Theatre, (4/28/1996 - 10/13/1996)

First Preview: Apr 08, 1996
Opening Date: Apr 28, 1996
Closing Date: Oct 13, 1996
Total Previews: 22
Total Performances: 193

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Setting: New Jersey; Port Authority; FAO Schwarz, etc.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President; Philip J. Smith: Executive VP; Robert E. Wankel: VP-Finance)

Produced by James B. Freydberg, Kenneth Feld, Laurence Mark and Kenneth D. Greenblatt; Produced in association with F.A.O. Schwarz; Co - Producer: Pachyderm Entertainment (Kenneth Feld, James B. Freydberg, Dori Berinstein), Fuji Television Network, Inc. and Kyodo Tokyo; Associate Producer: Daniel F. Kearns

Book by John Weidman; Music by David Shire; Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr.; Music orchestrated by Douglas Besterman; Dance arrangements by David Krane; Electronic music designed by Brian Besterman; Additional vocal arrangements by Patrick Brady; Musical Director: Paul Gemignani; Based on the Motion Picture "Big," a film by 20th Century Fox; Based on the Motion Picture "Big" written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg

Directed by Mike Ockrent; Choreographed by Susan Stroman; Associate Director: Steven Zweigbaum; Assistant Choreographer: Ginger Thatcher

Scenic Design by Robin Wagner; Costume Design by William Ivey Long; Lighting Design by Paul Gallo; Sound Design by Steve Canyon Kennedy; Hair and Wig Design by David Brian Brown; Associate Scenic Design: David Peterson and Atkin Pace; Associate Costume Design: Scott Traugott; Associate Lighting Design: Vivien Leone; Associate Sound Design: John Shivers; Moving Lights Programmer: Paul J. Sonnleitner

General Manager: Fremont Associates, Inc. and Robert Kamlot; Company Manager: Steven Chaikelson

Production Supervisor: Arthur Siccardi; Lighting supervised by Rick Baxter; Production Stage Manager: Steven Zweigbaum; Stage Manager: Clifford Schwartz

Conducted by Paul Gemignani; Associate Conductor: Nicholas Archer; Violin: Suzanne Ornstein and Xin Zhao; Viola: Richard Brice; Cello: Clay C. Ruede; Bass: Charles Bergeron; Woodwind: Albert Regni, John Moses, Eric Weidman, Dennis Anderson and John Campo; French Horn: Ronald Sell and Michael Ishii; Trumpet: Joe Mosello, Danny Cahn and Dave Brown; Trombone: Bruce Eidem and Dean Plank; Keyboard: Nicholas Archer, Brian Besterman and Patrick Brady; Guitar: Andrew Schwartz; Drums: Paul Pizzuti; Percussion: Thad Wheeler; Music Contractor: Ronald Sell; Music Preparation Supervisor: Peggy Serra

Special Effects by Gregory Meeh; Magic Consultant: Charles Reynolds

Casting: Johnson-Liff Associates; Production Associate: Michelle Leslie; Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; Dance Captain: Stacey Todd Holt and Joyce Chittick; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Promotions: Boneau / Bryan-Brown Promotions, Scott Walton, Paula Mallino and Meredith Westgate-Moore

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Opening Night Cast

Jon CypherMacMillan
Daniel H. JenkinsJosh Baskin
Crista MooreSusan
Joan BarberF.A.O. Sales Executive
Lori Aine Bennett
Broadway debut
Big Kid
Graham Bowen
Broadway debut
Skateboard Romeo
Big Kid
Clent BowersCarnival Man
Joyce ChittickDeathstarette
Brandon EspinozaStarfighter
Big Kid
CJay Hardy
Broadway debut
Samantha Robyn Lee
Broadway debut
Big Kid
Patrick Levis
Broadway debut
Young Josh
Spencer Liff
Broadway debut
Big Kid
Lizzy Mack
Broadway debut
Cynthia Benson
Big Kid
Donna Lee MarshallMrs. Kopecki
Frank MastroneArcade Man
Jill MatsonAbigail
Jan NeubergerMiss Watson
Enrico Rodriguez
Broadway debut
Kid with Walkman
Big Kid
Alex SanchezDerek
John SlomanMr. Baskin
Larry Johnson
Brett Tabisel
Broadway debut
Frank Vlastnik
Broadway debut
Barbara WalshMrs. Baskin
Gene WeygandtPaul
Ray WillsMr. Kopecki

Swings: Stacey Todd Holt, Joseph Medeiros, Corinne Melançon and Kari Pickler

Understudies: Joan Barber (Mrs. Baskin), Graham Bowen (Billy, Young Josh), Clent Bowers (MacMillan), Brandon Espinoza (Billy), Stacey Todd Holt (Josh Baskin), Spencer Liff (Young Josh), Donna Lee Marshall (Mrs. Baskin, Susan), Frank Mastrone (MacMillan, Nick, Paul, Tom), Jill Matson (Susan), Frank Vlastnik (Josh Baskin) and Ray Wills (Paul)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1996 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by 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

Drama Desk Award

 1997 Outstanding Choreography [nominee] 

Susan Stroman

 1997 Outstanding Orchestrations [nominee] 

Douglas Besterman

 1997 Outstanding Set Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Robin Wagner

 1996 Outstanding Musical [nominee] 

Produced by James B. Freydberg, Kenneth Feld, Laurence Mark, Kenneth D. Greenblatt, Pachyderm Entertainment (Kenneth Feld, James B. Freydberg, Dori Berinstein), Fuji Television Network, Inc. and Kyodo Tokyo; Produced in association with F.A.O. Schwarz

 1996 Outstanding Book [nominee] 

Book by John Weidman

 1996 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Daniel H. Jenkins

 1996 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Crista Moore

 1996 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Brett Tabisel

 1996 Outstanding Lyrics [nominee] 

Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr.

 1996 Outstanding Music [nominee] 

Music by David Shire

Theatre World

winner 1996 Award [recipient] 

Brett Tabisel


music by David Shire; lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr.

ACT 1 Sung By
Can't WaitYoung Josh, Mrs. Baskin, Billy, Kids and Parents
Talk to HerBilly and Young Josh
The CarnivalThe Company
This Isn't MeJosh Baskin
I Want To Go HomeJosh Baskin
The Time Of Your LifeKids
FunMacMillan, Josh Baskin and The Company
Dr. DeathstarThe Deathstarettes
Josh's WelcomeSusan, Paul and Executives
Here We Go AgainSusan
Stars, Stars, StarsJosh Baskin and Susan
Tavern FoxtrotPaul and The Company
Cross the LineJosh Baskin, Kids and The Company
ACT 2 Sung By
It's TimeBilly and Kids
Stop, TimeMrs. Baskin
Happy Birthday, JoshKids
Dancing All The TimeSusan
I Want to KnowYoung Josh
Coffee, BlackJosh Baskin, MacMillan, Miss Watson, Birnbaum, Barrett, Lipton, Executives and Staff
The Real ThingNick, Tom, Diane and Abigail
One Special ManSusan
When You're BigJosh Baskin
Skateboard RomanceKids
I Want To Go Home (Reprise) Josh Baskin and Susan
Stars, Stars, Stars (Reprise) Josh Baskin and Susan

Replacement/Transfer Info

The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.

Shubert Theatre

(4/28/1996 - 10/13/1996)
First Assistant Stage Manager: Frank Marino.

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