Oct. 26-Dec. 2: Raul Aranas is in all-star cast for New York Premiere of GIANT at The Public Theater

Posted by Lia Chang

raul-aranas-350x240Raul Aranas is in all-star cast for GIANT at New York's Public TheaterRaul Aranas, Kate Baldwin, Brian d’Arcy James, P.J. Griffith, Bobby Steggert and Michele Pawk are set for the New York Premiere of GIANT, an epic love story with book by Sybille Pearson and music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa.

GIANT is a co-production of The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Patrick Willingham) and the Dallas Theater Center. 

Brian d'Arcy James (Photo by Lia Chang)

Brian d’Arcy James (Photo by Lia Chang)Directed by Michael Greif, GIANT begins previews Friday, October 26 in The Public’s Newman Theater at its Astor Place home and will run through Sunday, December 2, with an official press opening on Tuesday, November 13. Single tickets, beginning at $75, are on sale now. Click here to purchase tickets.

Directed by Michael Greif, GIANT begins previews Friday, October 26 in The Public’s Newman Theater at its Astor Place home and will run through Sunday, December 2, with an official press opening on Tuesday, November 13. Single tickets, beginning at $75, are on sale now. Click here to purchase tickets.

Two-time Tony Award-nominee Brian d’Arcy James (Sweet Smell of SuccessShrek, “Smash”) stars as Texas cattleman Bick Benedict. Brian d’Arcy James has also appeared on Broadway in Next to NormalTime Stands StillThe Apple TreeDirty Rotten ScoundrelsThe Lieutenant of InishmoreTitanicCarouselBlood Brothersand Les Miserables. His film and TV credits include Game ChangeFriends with KidsGhost TownGNeuroticaSax and ViolinsVictoria PoolThe ExilesTina and Lance, Call of the Wylie, “The Big C,” “Person of Interest,” “Cashmere Mafia,” “Rscue Me,” and “The Education of Max Bickford.”

Kate Baldwin Photo by Peter Hurley

Kate Baldwin Photo by Peter Hurley


Kate Baldwin, a Tony Award nominee for Finian’s Rainbow, plays his socialite wife Leslie Benedict. Baldwin has appeared on Broadway in The Full Monty,Thoroughly Modern Millie and Wonderful Town, and has performed at theaters across the country.

P.J. Griffith

P.J. GriffithP.J. Griffith, who recently starred in the original Broadway production ofAmerican Idiot and is the lead vocalist for the band Blue Movie, portrays young oil tycoon Jett Rink

P.J. Griffith, who recently starred in the original Broadway production ofAmerican Idiot and is the lead vocalist for the band Blue Movie, portrays young oil tycoon Jett Rink.

New York stage veteran Raul Aranas, who has appeared on Broadway in Miss SaigonThe King and ILoose Ends and Flower Drum Song, plays Polo. Aranas is fresh from appearing as The Kralahome inThe King and I at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta. During his stint as The Engineer in the 1st National Company of Miss Saigon, he received a Helen Hayes Award, the Carbonell Award and a Jefferson Award Nomination. His turn as The Reciter in the North Shore Theatre production of Pacific Overtures, garnered him an Irne Award. He has appeared in the films Burn After ReadingBuzzkill,JFKCompany ManAfterwards, and on television on “Law And Order,” “Gideon Oliver,” “One Life To Live,” and “Bluebloods.”

The complete cast of GIANT features Enrique Acevedo (Ensemble); Raul Aranas (Polo); Mary Bacon (Adarene, Mrs. Lynnton); Kate Baldwin (Leslie); Miguel Cervantes (Angel); Natalie Cortez (Juana); Rocio Del MarValles (Analita); John Dossett (Bawley); Jon Fletcher (Bobby Jr., Bobby Sr.); P.J. Griffith (Jett); Michael Halling (Lord Karfrey, Lynnton); Brian d’Arcy James (Bick); Mackenzie Mauzy (Lil Luz); Doreen Montalvo (Lupe); Michele Pawk(Luz); Allison Rogers (Heidi, Lady Karfrey); Isabel Santiago (Ensemble); Martin Sola (DiModeo); Bobby Steggert (Jordy Jr.); Matthew Stocke (Mike);Katie Thompson (Vashti); and William Youmans (Pinkie).

Katie Thompson

Katie Thompson


Based on the classic novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edna Ferber, GIANT 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 will come to life in an appropriately huge production with a company of 22 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 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 features scenic design by Allen Moyer; costume design by Jeff Mahshie; lighting design by Ken Posner; sound design by Brian Ronan; musical direction by Chris Fenwick; and choreography by Alex Sanchez.

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Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist.