Ends Dec 07 | 1h 25m | Midtown W

The Giant Hoax

From 51 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Great singing, Funny

About the show

This new, family-friendly musical, based on the true story of New York's famed Cardiff Giant, offers a whimsical  journey to the past by way of a young girl’s imagination. More…

From the show:

Step back in time with us to 1869! 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 catchy score packed with wonderfully whimsical music and clever lyrics making for 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.


Member Reviews (51)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Great singing, Funny
81
Avg Score

76
Charming, Entertaining, Clever

See it if A cute and charming little production. Catchy songs and an interesting story make a nice time at the theater.

Don't see it if You want perfectly polished productions. Can’t see good bones in a show.

80
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Show the whole family can go see that is not just for kids.

Don't see it if looking for adult theme show. This is not for little kids.

Also The Giant Hoax did happen it start with George Hull making the giant t... Read more Read less

66
It’s a children's musical with a large puppet.

See it if You’re looking for kids musicals.

Don't see it if You want a real musical.

95
Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like a new musical with heart and soul with a good old fashioned circus style story. Innovative and kind. Lovely songs big puppet.

Don't see it if You don’t like the above. Or circuses or wizard of Oz wonder.

91
Profound, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if want to see a wonderful world of fantasy, charlatans, what is imagination, and what is real. Even a beautiful puppet Is thrown in.

Don't see it if You are not a curious person and can’t question the events in our own “Alice in Wonderland” political world.

Also The young actress who played Emily, the star of the show, was fantasti... Read more Read less

78
Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you like musical comedies

Don't see it if you were not entertained

63
Quirky, Fluffy, Ambitious

See it if you are looking for light family friendly fare. Good performance by the actress in the little girl lead; nice voice though hard to hear.

Don't see it if you are expecting a full blown production. Opening set looked great but the Cardiff Giant puppet needed a bit more work. Cute story.

65
Great staging, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you want to see clever staging of a children's fable.

Don't see it if you expect to hear engaging music and clever lyrics.

Also The show presents a very charming story. AND offers creative set desig... Read more Read less

94
Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you like off-Broadway musicals. The performers are wonderfully talented, and the story is comic and whimsical.

Don't see it if you prefer something a bit more commercial. This show feels a bit underground and DIY. The music is provided by a background track.

84
Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy taking kids to a show.

Don't see it if you dislike kids.

Also I and 3 grandchildren loved it, especially after the usher invited us ... Read more Read less

85
Great writing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want to see a clever and sweet family musical

Don't see it if you're looking for something political or depressing (this is neither), or if you don't like musicals

82
Dated, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you like child-like fantasies a la The Wizard of Oz where good things happen to those who believe.

Don't see it if You are bored with amateur, predictable stories. Knowing this, it’s the journey that counts and you’re happy to go along for the ride.

Also The acting and singing are energetic with nothing held back. The giant... Read more Read less

85
Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like small new musicals, family-friendly shows, and catchy music. It's interesting for children and adults. Staci Stout is REALLY good.

Don't see it if You want a polished show, a big show, strong and clear sound, a live band.

Also This is a work in progress, but it's very promising. Staci Stout reall... Read more Read less

84
Family friendly, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you want to see an off-Broadway show with kids/family and/or see the story of the Cardiff Giant from the 1800s.

Don't see it if you do not like kids, there are a couple of scenes with kids whining

Also All of the actors did a great job - in particular, the lead actress (S... Read more Read less

91
Intelligent, Must see, Great writing, Great singing, Delightful

See it if Teaching you to see different about the kids believing .

Don't see it if If you like to lie.Will puxe your buttons

90
Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if A quality production. Terrific set and costumes. Great puppetry

Don't see it if x

70
Disappointing, Funny, Great lead actors, Slow, Delightful

See it if You like family oriented musicals that are whimsical/imaginative.

Don't see it if If you don't like musicals or if you only like show stopping/memorable songs.

Also It dragged on a bit and there were many moments I found myself bored. ... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if You want to be taken away by human emotion and kindness and childlike wonder of what the world can be. Music, staging, set, choreography A+

Don't see it if You are cynical and cranky and wish to be righteous.

86
Great staging, Dated, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you love seeing New York actors create good theatre. If you enjoy having a good time. If you love intimate theatre. Amazing puppetry too!

Don't see it if you don't have imagination. If you don't like family shows. If you expect something topical or groundbreaking. If you're hard of hearing.

90
Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if Ostensibly, this is a children's show. However, any good children's show must keep the adults in the audience engaged. This show does that.

Don't see it if It deserves to be seen. Period.

100
Enchanting, Entertaining, Must see, Funny

See it if You enjoy fun music with great writing, staging and dancing. With sets and lighting that really bring you into the world of the show.

Don't see it if You don’t like shows that use elements such as shadow play and puppetry to enhance the story.

Also I enjoyed this show much more than I expected to. It’s an AEA showcase... Read more Read less

93
Quirky, Refreshing, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if An entertaining, heart warming, story about a girl learning to distinguish between reality and her imagination. Great family fun.

Don't see it if The show starts slow, but it picks up once *that* character is introduced (viewers of the show will know which one).

91
Quirky, Great singing, Funny, Ambitious, Clever

See it if This is a rare family show that the whole family from 6 to 60 can enjoy. The night I went, that was the range. It’s imaginative and Flows

Don't see it if You don’t like imagination, fine performances and fun

88
Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if If you enjoy a light-hearted musical featuring a larger-than-life puppet, this is for you!

Don't see it if If you’re a huge fan of P.T. Barnum and don’t like larger-than-life puppets, maybe sit this one out.

92
Enchanting, Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Clever

See it if You like sing and dance, comedy and fun

Don't see it if You want a drama, a tragedy, or a soap opera


November 30th, 2019
"True story of the Cardiff Giant in the family friendly musical 'THE GIANT HOAX' from Indieworks Theatre"
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November 30th, 2019
"'The Giant Hoax' is a charming morality tale about telling the truth and growing up. The expert hands of director Christopher Michaels and choreographer Molly Model are clearly at work in all aspects of this production, bringing a touching story with affable songs and clever lyrics to life with ...
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December 6th, 2019
Score: 88% "Kit Goldstein Grant's new musical represents the first main state production for IndieWorks Theatre Company. Tap your foot to her catchy score of wonderfully whimsical music and clever lyrics set in a child's magical imaginative 1869 world of P. T. Barnum and a strange petrified giant."
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November 27th, 2019
"Step right up and learn about a fun piece of New York history…marking the 150th anniversary of 'the biggest hoax in history'…the business of catering to gullible chumps is alive and thriving."
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