Aaron Lazar, Kate Baldwin and P.J. Griffith will lead the cast of the new musical Giant at Dallas Theater Center. Directed by Michael Greif, the Public Theater co-production begins performances on January 18, 2012, with opening night set for January 27 at the Wyly Theatre at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.
Giant is adapted from Edna Ferber's novel of the same name and features a score by Tony nominee Michael John LaChiusa and book by Sybille Pearson. Giant tells the story of Bick (Lazar), a Texas rancher and his Virginia-born wife Leslie (Baldwin) as they face challenges in their marriage and family in an ever-changing American landscape, while their neighbor Jett (Griffith) becomes an oil tycoon.
Baldwin earned a Tony nomination for Finian's Rainbow. Her other Broadway credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie, Wonderful Town and The Full Monty. Lazar has appeared on Broadway in A Little Night Music, The Light in the Piazza, Impressionism, A Tale of Two Cities, Les Miserables, Oklahoma and The Phantom of the Opera. Griffith made his Broadway debut in American Idiot.
The cast will also feature Raul Aranas as Polo, Mary Bacon as Adarene and Mrs. Lyntonn, Miguel Cervantes as Angel Jr. and Angel Sr., Natalie Cortez as Juana, Rocio Del Mar Valles as Analita, John Dossett as Bawley, Matt Doyle as Jordy Jr., Andrea Green as Lil Luz, Jason Hite as Bobby Jr., Dee Hoty as Luz, Doreen Montalvo as Lupe, Martin Sola as Dimodeo, Matthew Stocke as Mike, Katie Thompson as Vashti and William Youmans as Pinkie. The ensemble includes Enrique Acevado, Michael Halling, Allison Rogers and Isabel Santiago.
Giant received its world premiere at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia, in 2010 with a production that starred Lewis Cleale, Betsy Morgan and Ashley Robinson. Giant is perhaps best known for George Stevens’ 1956 film adaptation, which featured Rock Hudson as Bick, Elizabeth Taylor as Leslie and, in his final role, James Dean as Jett.