Performances begin on October 26 for the Public Theater’s Giant, a musical adaptation of Edna Ferber’s novel of the same name. Brian d’Arcy James and Kate Baldwin lead the cast of the Michael Greif-directed production, which boasts music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa and a book by Sybille Pearson. Opening night is scheduled for November 13, with the limited engagement scheduled to conclude on December 2.
Giant is set in Texas amid a turbulent culture of greed, bigotry and money. In the show powerful cattleman Bick (James), his new East Coast bride Leslie (Baldwin), their family and friends – not to mention their enemies – embrace and confront the joys and sorrows that loom as large as the state they call home.
The show's cast also includes P.J. Griffith (American Idiot) as Jett, Michele Pawk (Mamma Mia!) as Luz, Bobby Steggert (Ragtime) as Jordy Jr., Natalie Cortez (A Chorus Line) as Juana, John Dossett (Newsies) as Bawley, Raul Aranas (Flower Drum Song) as Polo, Mary Bacon (Arcadia) as Adarene and Mrs. Lynnton, Miguel Cervantes (American Idiot) as Angel and Rocio Del Mar Valles (Alice) as Analita. Also in the cast: John Fletcher (Bonnie & Clyde) as Bobby Jr. and Bobby Sr., Michael Halling (The Pajama Game) as Lord Karfrey and Lynnton, Mackenzie Mauzy (A Tale of Two Cities) as Lil Luz, Doreen Montalvo (In the Heights) as Lupe, Allison Rogers (Crazy For You) as Heidi and Lady Karfrey, Martin Sola (Coram Boy) as DiModeo, Matthew Stocke (Rock of Ages) as Mike, Katie Thompson (Top Girls) as Vashti and William Youmans (Finian's Rainbow) as Pinkie. The ensemble will feature Enrique Acevedo (West Side Story) and Isabel Santiago (In the Heights).
Giant will feature scenic design by Allen Moyer, costume design by Jeff Mahshie, lighting design by Ken Posner, sound design by Brian Ronan, musical direction by Chris Fenwick and choreography by Alex Sanchez. Giant is a co-production between the Public and Dallas Theater Center.