Gigi Opens on Broadway
While “I Remember It Well” may be one of the best known songs from the hit musical Gigi, not many remember the musical’s debut outing on Broadway in the 1970’s. However, that is all about to change as a brand new revival of the musical comes to life on Broadway this spring following a pre-Broadway critically acclaimed tryout in Washington D.C. This revival of Gigi isn’t coming to Broadway lightly. They have truly pulled out all the stops and are excited to bring to life this musical in a brand new outing sure to leave you remember the night they invented champagne. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Gigi on Broadway officially opens tonight!
Gigi is a musical that features music by Frederick Loewe with a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. The book has received an update for its return to the stage from Emmy Award nominee Heidi Thomas. The musical includes hit songs such as “I Remember It Well,” “The Night They Invented Champagne” and the Oscar-winning title song “Gigi.” This revival of Gigi, which is a new adaptation as well, features all of the songs from the movie, including two songs, “The Parisians” and “Say a Prayer for Me Tonight,” that were dropped from the debut stage version. The production also includes four songs written and added to the stage score by Lerner and Loewe in 1973, “Paris is Paris Again,” “I Never Want to Go Home Again,” “The Contract” and “In This Wide, Wide World.”
Gigi officially opens on Broadway tonight at the Neil Simon Theatre after beginning previews earlier this spring on March 19th. The show made a pre-Broadway bow in Washington D.C. at The Kennedy Center beginning previews here on January 16th, officially opening on January 29th and running through February 12th. Upon the announcement that Sting’s The Last Ship would close, Gigi very quickly announced it would move to Broadway this season.
Disney star Vanessa Hudgens (Pictured Left), making Broadway debut, headlines the revival starring in the title role. Hudgen’s is joined by a league of Broadway veterans including Tony Award winner Victoria Clark as Mamita, Corey Cott (Pictured Below Right) as Gaston Lachaille, three-time Tony Award nominee Dee Hoty as Aunt Alicia, two-time Tony Award nominee Howard McGillin as Honoré Lachaille and Steffanie Leigh as Liane d’Exelmans.
The ensemble includes Cameron Adams, Kathryn Boswell, Max Clayton, Madeleine Doherty, Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, Hannah Florence, Alison Jantzie, Brian Ogilvie, James Patterson, Justin Prescott, Jeffrey C. Sousa, Manny Stark, Tanairi Sade Vazquez,Richard White, Amos Wolff and Ashley Yeater.
Gigi is helmed by Tony Award nominee Eric Schaeffer and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse. James Moore is the musical supervisor and John Miller is the music coordinator. August Eriksmoen provides orchestrations. The rest of the creative team includes Tony Award winner Derek McLane as scenic designer, five-time Tony Award winner Catherine Zuber as costumer designer, four-time Tony Award winner Natasha Katz as lighting designer and Tony Award nominee Kai Harada as sound designer.The production also features hair design by David Brian Brown and make-up by Jon Carter. Bonnie Panson is the production Stage Manager.
Extra creative credits for Gigi also include Matt Aument as vocal and incidential music arranger and Sam Davis as dance music arranger. Tara Rubin Casting, CSA provides casting while Juniper Street Productions serves as production management with Foresight Theatrical serving as general management.
I am so incredibly exciting for the Broadway revival of Gigi! I remember when this first came onto the radar and was talked about being brought back with Vanessa Hudgens. I am so excited to see it finally happening. I am also excited about Gigi‘s return to Broadway fora very “Luner on Theatre” reason. There are tons of musicals that we see revivals of every couple of years. These are classic musicals that audiences love so they often find their way back to the stage sooner rather than later. Gigi is not one of those musicals despite how absolutely incredible of a show it is in itself. The 1958 MGM movie musical was a huge critical and commercial success. It won a then record-breaking nine Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Song (For the title song, “Gigi”). This is a Lerner and Loewe production. You know, the people who brought you My Fair Lady, Camelot, Brigadoon and Paint Your Wagon just to name a few of their well-known shows. This production has all the makings of an all-star outing for a show long overdue for a revival. From the stellar cast to the creative team, the producers of Gigi have pulled out all the stops. The book has received an update from Heidi Thomas, who is currently represented with the critically acclaimed Call The Midwife on BBC. Joshua Bergasse, who is also currently represented on Broadway with On The Town, has been critically acclaimed for his work on Smash on NBC and is one of the most highly anticipated up and coming choreographers on Broadway. I cannot wait to see Gigi very soon in New York.
Gigi on Broadway officially opens tonight at The Neil Simon Theatre! Don’t miss your chance to see this rare Lerner and Loewe classic as it returns to the stage! As of right now, Gigi on Broadway is currently an open-ended run with no scheduled date to close. Drop by the Neil Simon Theatre on 52nd street to experience the night they invented champagne with Vanessa Hudgens and an all-star cast! For more information, visit Gigi on Broadway’s Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter. And of course, be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!