2012 Giant Steps


Directed by Tony-award winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots) with music and lyrics by newcomer Michael Dexter and book by Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award-nominated Eric H. Weinberger, Giant Steps is a contemporary twist on the classic fairytale “Jack and the Beanstalk.” With an eclectic cast from the community and the university, Giant Steps follows the story of J Johnson, a 15-year-old boy who lives with his widowed mother in a tenement basement apartment. J escapes the dreariness and sadness of his reality through comic books and fantasizes about becoming a superhero. A chance encounter with a street vendor leaves J with magical beans that will forever change his fate. With music that ranges from gospel to calypso, Giant Steps will climb off the vine and into your heart.

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