Don’t mess with Texas! Michael John LaChiusa’s new musical Giant has extended its run at off-Broadway’s Public Theater. The production was originally scheduled to run through December 2, but will now play a limited engagement through December 16. Starring Brian d’Arcy James, Kate Baldwin and P.J. Griffith, the musical is directed by Michael Greif and features a book by Sybille Pearson.
Set in Texas and spanning three decades, Giant centers around the wealthy Benedict family. Conservative cattleman Bick (James) and his wife Leslie (Baldwin) have a longtime rivalry with oil tycoon Jett Rink (Griffith). Set against the backdrop of Bick and Leslie’s marriage, Giant is a story about the greed, power and bigotry that looms over them.
In addition to James, Baldwin and Griffith, Giant features Michelle Pawk as Luz, Bobby Steggert as Jordy Jr., Natalie Cortez as Juana, John Dossett as Bawley, Raul Aranas as Polo, Mary Bacon as Adarene and Mrs. Lynnton, Miguel Cervantes as Angel, Rocio Del Mar Valles as Analita, John Fletcher as Bobby Jr. and Bobby Sr., Michael Halling as Lord Karfrey and Lynnton, Mackenzie Mauzy as Lil Luz, Doreen Montalvo as Lupe, Allison Rogers as Heidi and Lady Karfrey, Martin Sola as DiModeo, Matthew Stocke as Mike, Katie Thompson as Vashti and William Youmans as Pinkie. The ensemble includes Enrique Acevedo and Isabel Santiago.
The Giant creative team includes scenic designer Allen Moyer, costume designer Jeff Mahshie, lighting designer Ken Posner, sound designer Brian Ronan, musical director Chris Fenwick and choreographer Alex Sanchez. Giant is a co-production between the Public and Dallas Theater Center.