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Book, Music, and Lyrics by Kit Goldstein Grant

Based on the true (?!) story of New York's famed Cardiff Giant

Full Length Musical, Family Musical, Appropriate for all ages

Large Cast: 10m, 4f, Ensemble (Doubling possible)

Running Time: 90 Minutes

Step right up and enter a world of wonder! Emily, a bright young girl with an active imagination, has run away from home only to find herself in the employ of a shady showman, William "Stub" Newell, the owner of a petrified, prehistoric giant. But when P.T. Barnum threatens Stub's business with a giant of his own, Emily has to sort through what is fact, what is fiction, and what's all just a part of her imagination.

Some Reviews for IndieWorks 2019 Production at Theatre Row

Hi! Drama - "Ms. Grant has crafted a tight musical play about wonder, imagination, and the loss of innocence that inevitably occurs when childhood first comes into contact with the adult world."

Theater Pizzazz- "Step right up to a world of child-like wonder in Kit Goldstein Grant’s musical masterpiece, The Giant Hoax."

Theater Scene - "The book, music and lyrics by Kit Goldstein Grant create an imaginative, clever and charming story..."

Times Square Chronicle - "Goldstein Grant book, music, and lyrics captures the time period and brings about a delightful children’s musical that doesn’t talk down."


Artwork by Christopher Michaels


James Stafford as The Cardiff Giant in the 2017 Staged Reading at The Gallery Players in Brooklyn, NY.

In Fall 2019 The Giant Hoax will be having its NYC premiere at Theatre Row.  IndieWorks Theatre Company in association with Visceral Entertainment, Judith Manocherian, Tom Gavin, Christopher Michaels, will be bringing The Giant Hoax to 42nd Street from November 19 - December 7, 2019.  For more information on this production, visit:


In Fall 2017 The Giant Hoax was selected as part of the The Gallery Player's Overtures series in Brooklyn, NY. Directed by Christopher Michaels with musical direction by Nissa Kahle.

In Summer 2017 The Giant Hoax was presented in a developmental reading at The Playground Experiment in New York, NY, as part of their First Reads series.

The Giant Hoax was presented by the Classic Theater Guild to sold-out audiences at Proctors Theater in Schenectady, NY in November 2010. Directed by Criss Macaione-Bilodeau, with musical direction by Rebecca Benjamin.


In 2009, The Giant Hoax was first presented as a staged reading at the Classic Theater Guild's 6th Annual New Play Festival at Proctors Theater's Education Center.


Bill Palmer as The Cardiff Giant, posed next to the original Cardiff Giant statue in Cooperstown, NY.


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