The new Broadway musical “Big Fish” is, of course, based on Wallace’s 1998 book of the same name, a book that, you know, includes an incredible chapter about Auburn winning the Iron Bowl which you should read right now, a book that lead to Danny Devito saying the word “Auburn”, and that inspired the Broadway version of Auburn University we were introduced to last week. And Wallace just isn’t down with sacrificing thematic consistency and believability and artistic intent so the set designer can pat himself on the back for deciding that a Bama pennant better captures some modern Southern Gothic vibe or whatever. That may work on a Brooklyn BBQ bar’s Instagram account. But this is real life.
While the show is in previews, Crouch, director Susan Stroman and the rest of the “Big Fish” team are tweaking things here and there, but the Auburn scenes are pretty well set, Crouch says.
What’s in question right now is a nod to the University of Alabama in the opening scene.
Wallace, the author, “didn’t like that there was an Alabama pennant in the boy’s bedroom, and he complained about it,” Crouch says. “I think it’s still there, but I think it’s being worked on.”
War Daniel Wallace.
h/t Hayley Hammock Young
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