The Giant HoaxA New Musical Based on the True(?) Story of the Cardiff Giant, Discovered in 1869

New York, NY (Nov. 19, 2019) – With performances beginning tonight on Theatre Row, IndieWorks Theatre Company, Inc., and Visceral Entertainment are pleased to announce that $18.69 rush tickets are available for each performance of The Giant Hoax, a new musical based upon the true(?) story of New York’s famous Cardiff Giant. In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Cardiff Giant’s discovery, rush tickets are available at the door one hour prior to each performance with a maximum of two tickets per person, subject to availability. Sixteen performances will be staged on a varying scheduling at Theatre Row’s Theatre One (formerly The Lion Theatre) 410 West 42nd Street in New York City from November 19-December 7, 2019. The Giant Hoax is recommended for ages six and up.

With book, music and lyrics by Kit Goldstein Grant, Christopher Michaels directs a cast of 13, including Paul Aguirre*, Mary Albert, Henry Fin Berry, Greg Carter*, Sarah Chiu, Yvette Monique Clark*, Jianzi Colón-Soto, Daniel Moser*, Robyne Parrish*, Kevin Riddagh, Staci Stout, Ben Tostado*, and Forest VanDyke*. 

Do you want to see a world of wonder? Travel back to 1869 with Emily, "Stub", P.T. Barnum, and a prehistoric petrified giant on a musical journey you won't soon forget! Emily, a bright young girl with an overactive imagination, has run away from home to prove that there are wonderful things in the world out there! Before long, she finds herself in the employ of a shady showman, William "Stub" Newell, the owner of a prehistoric, petrified giant! She and the Giant become instant “imaginary friends,” but all is not well. When the unscrupulous circus impresario, P.T. Barnum, offers a hefty sum to buy Newell’s profitable, prehistoric attraction and is refused, he comes up with a scheme to steal Stub's business right out from under his nose forcing Emily to sort through what is fact, what is fiction, and what's all in her imagination.

Kit Goldstein Grant’s new musical, based on the true story of New York's famed Cardiff Giant, features a strong female protagonist, and a catchy score packed with wonderfully whimsical music and clever lyrics. The Giant Hoax is a fun, family musical that bursts with excitement – and even a bit of history – as a cast of colorful characters takes you on a journey to the past by way of a young girl’s imagination.

The Giant Hoax is the first main stage production for IndieWorks Theatre Company after years of festival productions, cabarets, concerts, and a film.

General ticket prices are $40-$75. Visit Telecharge.

The runtime is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.

The Giant Hoax is presented by IndieWorks Theatre Company in association with Visceral Entertainment. Producers: Judith Manocherian, Tom Gavin, Christopher Michaels & Jeremy Terry; Scenic Designer: Theron Wineinger; Costume Designer: Tyler Carlton Williams; Lighting Designer: Conor Martin Mulligan; Sound Designer: Patrick Lachance; Props Designer: Michael Henry Grant; Music Assistant: Gaby Manks; Production Stage Manager: Katherine Bolynn*; Publicist: Paul Siebold/Off Off PR; General Management/Executive Producer: Visceral Entertainment.

*These Actors and Stage Managers are appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association. Equity Approved Showcase.

IndieWorks Theatre Company is an artist-driven company committed to providing New York City’s diverse population with high-quality, daring, contemporary, and intelligent new and seldom-produced works of live theatre, music, and film; using multimedia elements in our productions, staying current with technological advances; keeping theatre affordable and accessible to artists and audiences alike; telling stories that evoke emotion, inspire action, and demand conversation.

IndieWorks Theatre Company strives to provide writers, directors, designers, actors, and artists with an environment that fosters artistic excellence through the creation of live theatre, bringing people together for powerful shared experiences that inspire a creative exchange of ideas. We aim to collaborate with artists, organizations, schools, and the community to encourage the creation, appreciation, and understanding of the arts. Through all of this, IndieWorks Theatre Company aims to be recognized throughout New York City as an example of a thriving arts and entertainment organization.



Book, Music and Lyrics by Kit Goldstein Grant

Directed by Christopher Michaels

Music Direction by Jonathon Lynch

Choreographed by Molly Model

Orchestrated by Mark Brymer

November 19-December 7, 2019 – Sixteen Performances

Previews: Nov. 19-24

Opening Night: November 25 at 7pm

Showtimes Vary - See bottom of email for dates & times. 

Theatre Row – Theatre One (formerly The Lion Theatre)

410 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

Rush tickets are available at the door one hour prior to each performance with a maximum of two tickets per person, subject to availability. 

General ticket prices are $40-$75. For tickets: Telecharge

Runtime: 90 minutes with no intermission

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