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Big Fish lands at Playhouse Merced
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Playhouse Merced is staging the musical Big Fish this weekend. - photo by Photo by Shawn Overton

Playhouse Merced is hoping to reel in audiences with their production of the musical “Big Fish,” which finishes its run this weekend.

Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia Pictures film directed by Tim Burton, “Big Fish” centers on Edward Bloom, a
traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest. Edward's penchant for telling incredible, larger-than-life stories thrills everyone around him, except for his son Will, who takes a more realistic approach to life. When Edward discovers he has cancer and Will finds out he is about to have a child of his own, the two come together again to bury their differences with the little time they have left together. 

“Overflowing with heart, humor and stagecraft, “Big Fish” is an extraordinary musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre — for an experience that's richer, funnier and bigger than life itself,” said Playhouse Merced Artistic Director Rob Hypes.

The show stars Andrew Burkum as Edward Bloom, Joseph Hypes as Will Bloom, Dianne Kocher as Sandra Bloom, Rachel Pearre as Josephine, and a cast of colorful, fantastical characters.

“Big Fish” shows at &;30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, visit or call 725-8587. Tickets are also available at the box office from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and one hour before show time.