Vanessa Hudgens and ‘Gigi’ to Open on Broadway in April

Vanessa Hudgens will make her Broadway debut this spring in “Gigi,” which has locked in an April opening at the Neil Simon Theater.

Gigi,” beginning its out-of-town tryout at the Kennedy Center on Friday, slips into the theater that Sting musical “The Last Ship” will vacate later this month after a run of disappointing sales. The theater industry had also tagged “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hugely buzzy follow-up to “In the Heights,” as another potential candidate for the theater, but more recently it’s been said that producers of that show have opted to wait until next season to bring “Hamilton” in.

Hudgens, who’ll arrive on Broadway after launching a music and film career following her role in the “High School Musical” franchise, will star alongside Broadway regulars Victoria Clark (“The Light in the Piazza,” “Cinderella”), Corey Cott (“Newsies”), Dee Hoty (“The Will Rogers Follies”) and Howard McGillin (“The Phantom of the Opera”) in the production. Eric Shaeffer (“Follies”) directs, with choreography by “Smash” alum Joshua Bergasse.

The retooled produced will have a new book adapted by Heidi Thomas, creator of the BBC series “Call the Midwife.” The original book was written by Alan Jay Lerner, who also wrote the lyrics with composer Frederick Loewe. Lerner and Loewe were the Golden Age duo behind favorite Broadway titles including “My Fair Lady,” “Camelot” and “Brigadoon.”

The storyline of “Gigi,” based on the Colette novel and on the 1958 movie that preceded the 1973 stage version, follows the blossoming romance between a rich young man and a woman in training to be a courtesan.

The Broadway revival of “Gigi” begins preview March 19 ahead of an April 8 opening.  Jenna Segal, Segal NYC Prods., Ilya Mikhailovic, Eion and Mia Hu, Darren P. Deverna/Jeremiah J. Harris and Merrie L. Davis produce.


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