Michael John LaChiusa Musical Epic Giant Gets First Post-NY Staging

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Illinois Wesleyan University will present Michael John LaChiusa's musical Giant Nov. 17-21 at 8 PM and Nov. 22 at 2 PM in the Jerome Mirza Theatre in Bloomington, IL – its first staging since its 2012 Off-Broadway premiere.

The show is described thus in press notes: "Based on the classic novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edna Ferber, Giant is a new American musical that spans generations (1920’s-1950’s) in an epic chronicle of the state that is like no place else on earth: Texas. Amid a turbulent culture of greed, bigotry and money, a powerful cattleman, his new Virginia bride, 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."

Evan Kasprzak (Newsies) choreographs the production. Scott Susong directs. 

Giant features a book by Sybille Pearson, music and lyrics by LaChiusa, orchestrations by Brude Coughlin and additional orchestrations by Larry Hochman. Originally commissioned by the Signature Theatre in Virginia where it had its world premiere in 2009, the show then played The Dallas Theater Center in January 2012 prior to its New York premiere in October 2012 at the Public Theatre.

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