Kate Baldwin, Aaron Lazar, P.J. Griffith, Dee Hoty Are Texas-Bound for LaChiusa Musical Giant

News   Kate Baldwin, Aaron Lazar, P.J. Griffith, Dee Hoty Are Texas-Bound for LaChiusa Musical Giant
Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin, Aaron Lazar and P.J. Griffith will star in the Dallas Theater Center production of Giant, the new musical based on Edna Ferber's sweeping Texas-set novel, by five-time Tony Award nominee Michael John LaChiusa and Sybille Pearson.

P.J. Griffith
P.J. Griffith

Baldwin, a Tony Award nominee for Finian's Rainbow, will star as Leslie, opposite Lazar (A Little Night Music) as Texas cattle man Bick and Griffith (American Idiot) as young oil tycoon Jett. The musical is based on Ferber's novel but is best known for its iconic 1956 film version that starred Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean.

Michael Greif (Next to Normal, Rent), who also staged a reading of Giant at the Public Theater last January with Baldwin among the cast, will helm the production that will run Jan. 18-Feb. 19, 2012. It will officially open Jan. 27, 2012. Giant is a co-production between DTC and the Public Theater in Manhattan. The Public has not announced dates of production.

Giant has music and lyrics by five-time Tony Award nominee LaChiusa (Queen of the Mist, Hello Again, Marie Christine, The Wild Party) and a book by Tony nominee Sybille Pearson (Baby). The epic romantic musical about cattle barons and oil tycoons and racial prejudice had its world premiere at the Signature Theatre Company in Arlington, VA, in 2009.

Kate Baldwin

The cast of Giant will also include Paul 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; John Dossett as Bawley; Matt Doyle as Jordy, Jr.; Andrea Green as Lil Luz; Jason Hite as Bobby, Jr.; Dee Hoty as Luz; Doreen Montalvo as Lupe; Martin Sola as Dimodeo; Matthew Stocke as Mike; Katie Thompson as Vashti and William Youmans as Pinkie. Ensemble members include Enrique Acevado, Michael Halling, Allison Rogers and Isabel Santiago.

The Giant creative team includes costume designer Jeff Mashie, scenic designer Allen Moyer, lighting designer Ken Posner, sound designer Brian Ronan and choreographer Alex Sanchez.

For tickets, phone (214) 880-0202 or visit DallasTheaterCenter. The Dallas Theater Center is located at 2400 Flora Street, Dallas, TX.

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