The story’s coming to an end for Broadway‘s Big Fish, the stage version of Tim Burton’s 2003 film that opened just three months ago. The show’s final performance is slated for Sunday, December 29, 2013 at NYC’s Neil Simon Theatre. Middling ticket sales had dropped to below 50% of potential gross by last week. The production opened stocked with legit award-winners onstage and behind the curtain, under the direction of five-time Tony-winner Susan Stroman. Big Fish was adapted for the stage by John August from his own BAFTA-nominated screenplay based on the novel by Daniel Wallace. Grammy- and Tony-nominated Andrew Lippa provided music and lyrics for the story of a man determined to uncover the truth behind his salesman father’s fabulous tall tales. Tony-winning thesp Norbert Leo Butz stars in the production, which first opened in Chicago in April. Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen produced the show. “Middle isn’t the end. Even the end isn’t really the end. We’re so unbelievably lucky to do this,” Tweeted August on Sunday.
CBS Television Studios has renewed its deal with producer Dan Jinks and his Dan Jinks Co. for a second year. The extension comes on the heels of a successful first year for Jinks as a solo TV producer at CBS Studios. He executive produced Jennie Snyder Urman’s CW medical drama pilot Emily Owens, MD starring Mamie Gummer, which was picked up to series for fall. “I couldn’t be happier working with David Stapf and his incredible team at CBS Television Studios,” Jinks said.
Jinks segued to the deal with CBS Studios last summer after being partnered with Bruce Cohen for 13 years, the last six based at Warner Bros. TV. Emily Owens, MD marks Jinks’ fourth consecutive pilot to go to series, following three he produced with Cohen, ABC’s Pushing Daisies and Traveler and Lifetime’s Side Order of Life.