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Judy Blazer, Lewis Cleale, John Dossett, and More Set for Michael John LaChiusa's Giant

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Lewis Cleale
Lewis Cleale
Full casting has been announced for the world premiere of composer Michael John LaChiusa and playwright Sybille Pearson's Giant, to be presented by Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia, April 28-Mary 31. Jonathan Butterell will direct.

Based on the novel by Edna Ferber, the musical chronicles the life and times of cattleman Jordan "Bick" Benedict, his naïve young society wife, and their family in the sweeping panorama of Texas, the land that brings them together and almost splits them apart.

The production will star Lewis Cleale as Jordan "Bick" Benedict, Betsy Morgan as Bick's wife Leslie, Ashley Robinson as Jett, Judy Blazer as Luz, and John Dossett as Bawley. The cast will also include Enrique Acevedo (Ensemble), Raul Aranas (Polo), Marisa Echeverria (Juana), Jessica Grové (Lil' Luz), Michael Thomas Holmes (Pinky), Jordon Nichols (Jordy), Andres Quintero (Angel, Sr. and Jr.), Michelle Rios (Lupe) Isabel Santiago (Angel Jr.'s mother), Paul A. Schaefer (Mike), Martin Sola (Dimodeo), Nick Spangler (Bob, Sr. and Jr., Lord Karfrey), Katie Thompson (Vashti), Julie Tolivar (Lady Karfrey), Mariand Torres (Analita), and Lori Wilner (Adarine).

The creative team will include Dane Laffrey (set), Susan Hilferty (costumes), Japhy Weideman (lighting), Matt Rowe (sound), Chris Fenwick (music director), and Bruce Couglin (orchestrations). The show is the first work produced through Signature's multi-year American Musical Voices Project.

For more information, visit www.signature-theatre.org.

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