Two-Disc Cast Album of Giant, Featuring Brian D'Arcy James, Kate Baldwin and P.J. Griffith, Released May 21
By Adam Hetrick
The cast album of the Michael John LaChiusa-Sybille Pearson musical Giant, based on Edna Ferber's Texas-set novel, is released in a two-disc set May 21 by Ghostlight Records.
Staged by Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Next to Normal, Rent, The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide...), Giant has music and lyrics by LaChiusa (Queen of the Mist, Hello Again, Marie Christine, The Wild Party) and a book by Pearson (Baby). It played an extended Off-Broadway run last fall at the Public Theater.
The musical, which features a 17-member orchestra, is based on Edna Ferber's novel but is best known for its iconic 1956 film version that starred Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean.
The album is produced by LaChiusa, Joel Moss and Kurt Deutsch. Chris Fenwick is musical director. Orchestrations are by Bruce Coughlin with additional orchestrations by Larry Hochman.
Listen to "Did Spring Come to Texas?" performed by Brian d'Arcy James here:
Giant's leading trio featured Kate Baldwin, a Tony Award nominee for Finian's Rainbow, as Leslie, Tony Award nominee d'Arcy James (Titanic, Shrek, Sweet Smell of Success, "Smash") as wealthy Texas cattle man Bick and P.J. Griffith (American Idiot) as young oil tycoon Jett.
The cast was completed by Tony Award winner Michele Pawk as Luz; Mackenzie Mauzy as Lil Luz; Tony nominee Bobby Steggert as Jordy Jr.; Jon Fletcher as Bobby Jr./Bobby Sr; Enrique Acevedo as ensemble; 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; Tony nominee John Dossett as Bawley; Michael Halling as Lord Kafrey; Doreen Montalvo as Lupe; Allison Rogers as Heidi; Isabel Santiago as ensemble; Martin Sola as Dimodeo; Matthew Stocke as Mike; Katie Thompson as Vashti; and William Youmans as Pinkie.
The track listing follows:
1. "Aurelia Dolores" (Polo, Lupe, and Company)
Here's a look at the production:
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