The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) announced today that the cast of the acclaimed epic musical Giant will enter the recording studio in January to create an original cast album, which will be released by Ghostlight Records in spring 2013. Giant officially opened at The Public on November 15 and features a book by Sybille Pearson, music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa, and direction by Michael Greif. The show will end its limited run at The Public Theater at Astor Place on Sunday, December 16 following a final two-week extension.
"We are delighted that we can capture this brilliant musical for posterity," said Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. "Michael John LaChiusa has written a heartbreakingly beautiful score, and this cast realizes it perfectly."
The cast album will be produced by Kurt Deutsch and Joel Moss and will include the popular songs Heartbreak Country, He Wanted A Girl, Topsy-Turvy, and Jump. Giant marks The Public's fourth album in collaboration with Ghostlight Records, including the previously released Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, HAIR, and See What I Wanna See. This will also be Ghostlight Record's fifth album with Michael John LaChiusa (Queen of the Mist, See What I Wanna See, Bernarda Alba, and Little Fish).
The Public Theater has a long history of producing new musicals, and is the only theater in New York City that presents Shakespeare and the classics, musicals, new works, and experimental theater in equal measure. Giant, based on the classic novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edna Ferber, is a new American musical that spans generations in an epic chronicle of the state that's like no place else on earth: Texas. Amid a turbulent culture of greed, bigotry and money, a powerful cattleman, his new East Coast 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. With a book by Sybille Pearson (the Tony-nominated author of Baby), music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa (the five-time Tony-nominated composer of The Wild Party and Hello Again) and direction by Michael Greif (the three-time Tony-nominated director of Rent and The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide...), Giant is an appropriately huge production with a company of 26 actors and a 17-piece orchestra. Giant is a co-production with Dallas Theater Center and continues The Public's tradition of partnering with non-profit theaters around the country.
The Giant cast features Enrique Acevedo as Miguel; Raul Aranas as Polo; Becca Ayers as a swing; Mary Bacon as Adarene, Mrs. Lynnton; Kate Baldwin as Leslie; Miguel Cervantes as Angel; Xavier Cano as a swing; Natalie Cortez as Juana; Rocio Del Mar Valles as Analita; John Dossett as Bawley; Jon Fletcher as Bobby Jr., Bobby Sr.; PJ Griffith as Jett; Michael Halling as Lord Karfrey, Lynnton; Brian d'Arcy James as Bick; Mackenzie Mauzy as Lil Luz; Melissa Mitchell as a swing; Doreen Montalvo as Lupe; Michele Pawk as Luz; Allison Rogers as Heidi Mueller, Lady Karfrey; Isabel Santiago as Deluvina; Tally Sessions as a swing; Martin Sola as Dimodeo; Bobby Steggert as Jordy Jr.; Matthew Stocke as Mike; Katie Thompson as Vashti; and William Youmans as Pinkie.