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Bristol Riverside Theatre stages “BIG” fun with musical production


Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol, offers BIG fun with the musical stage adaptation of the hit 1988 movie “Big.”

The five-time Tony Award-nominated musical hits the stage from the book by John Weidman, music by David Shire, and lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. “Big: The Musical” is the story of a pre-teen boy catapulted overnight into adulthood.

BRT’s Ken Kaissar directs the production in BRT’s intimate 300-seat theater, March 19 to April 14, with opening night on March 21.

The musical edition of the cinematic smash, made famous by Tom Hanks, debuted on Broadway in April 1996.

BRT’s production stars Charles Osborne as precocious 12-year-old Josh Baskin, trapped inside an adult body after his carnival arcade wish to be “big” comes true. Osborne returns to BRT after his performance in Irma Vep earlier this season.

When Young Josh (Remi Tuckman) heads out to the amusement park for an evening of family fun, he gets separated from his mom (Mrs. Baskin/Jackie Washam) and dad (Mr. Baskin/Scott Langdon), and after being mortified in front of his middle school crush, feeds a single coin into a machine that promises to grant wishes. Kalel Carrera plays Billy, Josh’s loyal companion.

Director, choreographer, and theater professor Keith Lee Grant, plays Josh’s intrigued employer, MacMillan. Osborne and Grant are joined by an ensemble cast featuring Doylestown native Erika Strasburg (Sussan Lawrence), Noah Lee Hayes (Paul), Amanda Hunter-Finch (Mrs. Watson/Kopecki), Dominick Sannelli (Mr. Kopecki), Peter Kirby (Derek), and Chloe Major/Shannon Sharpe (Cynthia Benson).

BRT’s productions offer special pre- and post-show engagements, included with the ticket price on March 21, 22 and 27, as well as April 4.

Tickets for “Big: The Musical” are available online and by phone at 215-785-0100. For information, visit

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