NEW YORK — Recently, writer John August watched a DVD of "Big Fish," the 2003 film directed by Tim Burton for which he wrote the screenplay.
He says it was an enjoyable but odd experience.
"I kept wondering, 'Why aren't they singing?'" recalls the 43-year-old screenwriter with bemusement. He has been working on adapting the material for the musical stage for the past nine years — four more than it took him to write the film.
There are now songs — plenty of them — in August's book for "Big Fish," a collaboration with composer Andrew Lippa and director-choreographer Susan Stroman that opens Sunday on Broadway.
One of the most highly...