Tickets for Big The Musical at the Dominion Theatre now on sale!
Witness the beloved 1988 film spring to life for the first time ever on the West End stage. Having first premiered in the UK at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in November 2016 before heading to the BGE Theatre in Dublin during Christmas that same year, Big The Musical is finally set to premiere at London’s Dominion Theatre this autumn after nearly two years of production limbo.
The Irish production of Big The Musical most notably starred Jay McGuiness of The Wanted, an early 2010’s boyband that gained traction for their hit singles “Glad You Came” and “All Time Low”. McGuiness, who stepped into the role of Josh Baskin originally made famous by Tom Hanks, is set to reprise his role for the London premiere.
What is Big The Musical about?
This feel-good musical is based on the classic Tom Hanks film of the same name and follows a twelve-year-old boy named Josh Baskin, who thinks his life as a kid is dull. One night while at a carnival, he tosses a coin into a Zoltar fortune-telling machine and makes a wish to be 'big'. But after the arcade-like machine says his wish has been granted, Josh is shocked to find it had been unplugged the whole time. Shaken from this revelation, he returns home and goes to bed, only to wake up the next morning as a fully-grown, thirty-year-old man. Forced to do what normal adults do and get a job and a girlfriend, Josh soon begins to wonder whether it's actually worth being all grown up after all.
Big The Musical creative team and West End cast
This hilarious and big-hearted show features a clever book by John Weidman and an unforgettable score by both Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire that will have you wishing big on the next falling star you see.
It has been confirmed that The Wanted's Jay McGuiness will reprise his role for the big West End premiere of Big. The singer went on to gain fame as the winner reality competition shows Strictly Come Dancing and Hunted. He has been starring in Rip It Up: The 60s ahead of his Big performance. It has been announced that the star will be joined on stage by Wendi Peters, Kimberley Walsh and Matthew Kelly.
Wendi Peters will star as Mrs Baskin. The actress is best known for her portrayal of Cilla Battersby Brown in Coronation Street. In addition to her numerous television appearances, the actress is no stranger to the stage having starred in shows like Rutherford and Son, White Christmas, Oh, What a Lovely War, and the UK tour of Quartet.
Peters will be joined by Kimberley Walsh starring as Susan Lawrence. Walsh came to prominence as a member of girl group Girls Aloud after winning the role on the ITV competition show Popstars: The Rivals. The group would go on to massive success with twenty consecutive top ten singles. Walsh's West End debut saw her star as Princess Fiona in Shrek The Musical she would go on to star in Elf the Musical and play a role in Sweet Charity alongside Denise Van Outen.
Matthew Kelly will round out the starring cast as George MacMillan. though best known for presenting Stars in their Eyes and You Bet!, the actor has also appeared in various television programmes such as Cold Blood, Benidorm and Bleak House. His stage roles have also been prolific including originating Stanley for Funny Peculiar, working alongside Ian McKellan in Waiting for Godot and starring as Lennie in Of Mice and Men a role which earned him an Olivier Award for Best Actor.
Additional information about casting will be released in due course, be sure to follow our news page for all the latest announcements.
Big The Musical tickets – A long time coming
Big The Musical has been on the #WestEndWishList for quite some time now, but Zoltar has finally made fans' dreams come true. Big The Musical starring Jay McGuiness is officially heading to the West End's Dominion Theatre this autumn for a special, nine-week run that you won't want to miss. It's pure bliss and fun for the whole family!
Book your Big The Musical tickets early to avoid disappointment!