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.
Giant's leading trio featured Kate Baldwin, a Tony Award nominee for Finian's Rainbow, as Leslie, Tony Award nominee Brian 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.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.