Thursday, January 7, 2016

Artes de la Rosa Reels in 11 New Fish in 12 Chairs; Announces Big Fish 12 Chairs Version

Artes de la Rosa is proud to announce principle casting for the Artes de la Rosa production of BIG FISH: 12
Chairs Version receiving its first North Texas staging this March. The cast features 11 Artes de la Rosa stage debuts for this new musical based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia Motion Picture directed by Tim Burton. “This is terribly thrilling for our company to have so many new faces on stage as part of the Artes family,” said Artistic Director Adam Adolfo. He and Kristin Spires, who previously collaborated on the North Texas premiere of In the Heights, as well as productions of Into the Woods and Man of La Mancha reunite as Producer/Director and Musical Director, respectively. Serving as Choreographer is Austin Ray Beck whose work was last seen at the Rose Marine Theatre, Artes de la Rosa’s home, in Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet.

Leading the cast is Artes de la Rosa veteran Joshua Sherman in the role of Edward Bloom, a man whose stories spring forth from his imagination and color the lives of his friends and family. You may remember Joshua from his turns on the Rose Marine stage in starring roles in The Fifth Sun (The Colornel), In the Heights (Benny), Into the Woods (The Baker), and Twelfth Night (Sir Toby). Joshua, a former member of The Louis Zapata Resident Acting Company, has been seen throughout North Texas with Casa Manana, Lyric Stage, and Theatre Arlington.

            “The production team and I are so excited to have Joshua back on our stage leading this infectiously joyful score with a cast full of charismatic company debuts. Joshua brings a beautiful and dramatic musical voice and spirit to the stage that has thrilled audiences for years at the Rose Marine Theatre.  His passion, skill, and charm are what will make his Edward Bloom the living breathing larger than life storyteller that has captured audiences hearts on Broadway and film.” offers Artistic Director Adam Adolfo.

Joining Mr. Sherman on the Rose Marine stage are 11 Artes de la Rosa debuts including Lauren Kane as his wife Sandra, Jonathan Hardin as their son, Will, and Emma Leigh Montes as Will’s wife, Josephine. Populating the colorful cast of characters is Emily Warwick as the witch, Domanick Hubbard as Carl the Giant, and Todd Camp as Circus owner Amos. The cast also includes Matthew Smith (Dr. Bennett), Dusty Farmer & Jakeb Lowery (the Price Brothers), Fatima Rodriguez (Jenny Hill), and Tori Hoffmeister (The Girl in the Water).

Production begins March 4th at the Rose Marine Theater in Fort Worth for a strictly limited 3 week engagement. Additional casting for the musical will be forthcoming.
BIG FISH 12 Chairs is the new, intimate version of the Broadway musical featuring music and lyrics by Tony nominee Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family, The Wild Party) and a new book by esteemed screenwriter John August (Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward's incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft, BIG FISH is an extraordinary new Broadway musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that's richer, funnier and BIGGER than life itself.

BIG FISH runs Friday March 4 and plays Thursdays 7:30 pm, Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 pm. There will be a single Sunday Matinee on March 20 at 3:00 pm.  General Admission tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for students, teachers, & seniors. Tickets will go on sale on February 4. For tickets or more information, call the Rose Marine Theater Box Office at (817) 624-8333.  Special ticket prices are available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased online at   

Joshua Sherman stars as Edward Bloom in the Artes de la Rosa production of
BIG FISH 12 Chairs Version this March at the Rose Marine Theater.

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