‘Big Fish’ Running at Front Porch Musicals; Steelers vs. Falcons (Sun., 8/20/17)
1) Big Fish began as a novel by Daniel Wallace, then was made into a Tim Burton movie, and then a stage musical. The 2013 Broadway premiere (above) won critical praise but not a long run, whereupon the musical Big Fish entered the category that Pittsburgh’s Front Porch Theatricals performs extremely well: it’s an under-the-radar but not-entirely-out-of-the-mainstream cult favorite. The story is set in Alabama, where big daddy Edward once taught a fisherman to catch fish by doing a dance called the Alabama Stomp. Or so Edward says! It seems he has told many tall tales about his life, which is now coming to an end. Big Fish unfolds in a series of flashbacks and present-day scenes that blur imagination and reality, as the dying Edward and his adult son Will are joined by a singing-and-dancing cast of others in their quest for that Great American Dream, a happy ending. 2 p.m. Performances continue through August 27. Front Porch presents Big Fish in the New Hazlett Theatre, 6 Allegheny Square East, North Side. (MV)
2) The Steelers, coming off an opening pre-season victory against the New York Giants, lineup against the Atlanta Falcons today in their first game at Heinz Field this season. Go Steelers! 4 p.m. 100 Art Rooney Ave., North Shore.