"Big: The Musical"

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In a Nutshell

The 1988 Tom Hanks movie about a 12-year-old who magically transforms into an adult gets a musical makeover in a children-based production

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Musicals have always brought impossible dreams to life on stage, from cats that can talk to humans who can sing in public without feeling weird. Escape from reality with this GrouponLive deal to see Big: The Musical at Adventure Theatre MTC. For $10, you get one ticket for general admission (up to a $21 value, including fees). Choose from 11 performance times listed here. The lobby opens one hour before each show; doors open 10 minutes before curtain.

The Plot

Fed up with being treated like a kid, 12-year-old Josh Baskin whispers to Zoltan—a genie in an arcade—wishing that he were big. To his simultaneous terror and amazement, he awakens the following morning as a boy in a grown man’s body. With the help of his best friend, Billy, the only one who knows of Josh’s strange predicament, Josh embarks on adventures in his new skin, leading to a job at a toy company and a burgeoning romance with a woman twice his age. As homesickness and the woes of accidental adulthood set in, Josh embarks to find the Zoltan machine and get his young life back.

Their Take

Based upon the 1988 film, the 1996 Broadway production—which received four Tony nominations, including Best Book of a Musical and Best Choreography—and the 1997 touring version of the show, this performance strips the story down to a brisk 70-minute clip. Adapted and intended for young audiences aged 5 and older, the musical eschews the movie’s racier humor moments and the in-depth discussions about normal biological growth rates and the physics of wishes.

The Sights

Adventure Theatre MTC’s proscenium echoes the Manhattan skyline as set designer Elizabeth McFadden bathes the backdrop with geometrical flats. Andrew Griffin’s inventive lighted panels whisk audiences to Josh’s bedroom, his posh New York office, and a carnival. The stage floor is swathed in swirling piano keys, and the costume design encapsulates the colors of childhood and the drabness of adults.

Sample Lyrics

This isn’t me!
What’s this foot?
I know my foot.
And this is not my foot.
This isn’t me!
I’m too tall to fit my bunk.
And my favorite shirt has shrunk.

Adventure Theatre MTC

Founded in 1951, Adventure Theatre MTC has been the longest-running children’s theater in the Washington area and has earned a mantel-overloading amount of awards throughout the decades. Alongside professional and student productions, the theatrical powerhouse hosts camps and workshops to expand the performance arts, instill the love of the stage in children, and help teens to act like they care about the SATs.

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