As BroadwayWorld previously reported, High School Musical’s Vanessa Hudgens is coming to Broadway in the upcoming Broadway revival of Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s Gigi. The production will open in a pre-Broadway tryout at the Kennedy Center. According to the Washington Post, Hudgens had a head cold on the first day of rehearsal, but never considered skipping the first rehearsal because of it. Hudgens said, “You can’t miss the first day of school.”
The article also quoted cast members praising Hudgens’ attitude and disposition. Tony Award winner Victoria Clark commented, “She is literally the warmest, sweetest person in the world.”
Set in the magical world of La Belle Epoque in turn-of-the-century Paris, Gigi is a timeless romantic comedy about a young woman groomed in the custom of her family to be a companion to a bored, wealthy playboy, until the two unexpectedly realize this is in fact true love.
This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the debut of Gigi on Broadway. Lerner and Loewe’s Tony Award-winning score was first heard in the 9-time Academy Award-winning Best Picture of the same name, directed by Vincente Minnelli. The movie, which was the last of the classic MGM musicals, was based on the Broadway play by Anita Loos and the popular novella by Colette.