When Dallas Theater Center produced the new musical Giant in 2012, Dallas Morning News critic Lawson Taitte called it “a big step forward for the American musical.” Dallas audiences fell in love with the lush score by Michael John LaChiusa, with its epic sweep and its flavors of Mexican folk music, country, blues, and jazz.
If your memories of Katie Thompson bringing down the house with “He Wanted a Girl” are growing dim, or you remain haunted by Bick and Leslie’s reconciliation in “The Desert,” or you simply wish you could relive Miguel Cervantes’ jaunty “Jump,” we have good news for you. Earlier this summer, The Public Theater, which co-produced Giant with DTC, produced an original cast recording now available from Ghostlight Records and on iTunes.
“The making of the Giant recording — like all things Giant — was quite an epic affair,” said LaChiusa after an August 1 release party at the Barnes & Noble on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. “But the result is an album of which I’m very proud. The two-CD recording (of course!) maintains the show’s spirit and production and captures for posterity the luminous and stunning performances of a company of 23 brilliant actors.”
LaChiusa continued: “Bruce Coughlin’s exquisite orchestrations shine, and under Chris Fenwick’s baton, the orchestra of 17 musicians plays gloriously. I couldn’t be happier or more grateful for this beautiful and important document of a show that sings of love, family, heartbreak, joy, greed, promise, and most importantly, of the land and our Texas.”
The online publication TheatreMania created a documentary about the making of the cast recording that can be viewed at Theatermania.com