With Hollywood providing an increasingly fertile ground for Broadway adaptations, a movie like Big Fish — a family-friendly fantasy about the powers of imagination and storytelling — is a prime choice for the stage, and for a few flourescent ballads about love and life and growing up and time stopping and all that jazz. Yes, Tim Burton’s 2003 hit is pretty much the archetypal candidate for a musical reboot. And the first song from the production, available now for all to enjoy, backs this theory.
Below, you can listen to “Time Stops,” as performed by Norbert Leo Butz (taking the starring role from Ewan McGregor) and Kate Baldwin as his meant-to-be, a number that’s bound to earn a couple of dozen replays, if only for Butz’s terrific vocal performance. Sure, the song is a typical, candy-coated, pushing-the-boundaries-of-generic movie-to-Broadway ballad… but hey, if it ain’t broke. Enjoy the soft and sentimental song below; Big Fish hits the Broadway stage this October.
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