Casting Announced for Off-Broadway's Gigi

News   Casting Announced for Off-Broadway's Gigi While the Broadway-bound musical version of Gigi prepares for a 2015 debut at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Anita Loos' play, which inspired the movie musical, will be presented Off-Broadway by the Storm Theater Company.

Performances of Gigi, which is based on the novella by Colette, will begin Jan. 16, 2015. The limited engagement will continue through Feb. 12.

The cast will feature Justin Adams, Connie Castanzo, Kate Chamuris, Jamil Chokachi, Cheri Paige Fogleman, Kathleen Huber and Evangelia Kingsley.

Peter Dobbins will direct with assistant direction by Fleur Phillips. The creative team will also include set designer Brian Dudkiewicz, costume designer Courtney Irizarry, lighting designer Michael Abrams, technical director Josh Vasquez and stage manager Charles Casano.

"Set in Paris at the turn of the 20th century, legendary storyteller Anita Loos dramatizes Collette's timeless tale of love and marriage...and commerce," according to press notes. "Seven years before MGM presented the classic movie musical version of the same story, this comedic romance of a rich but weary bon vivant and an innocent would-be courtesan launched the career of Audrey Hepburn."

The original production of Gigi opened in November 1951 at Broadway's Fulton Theatre. Directed by Raymond Rouleau, the cast included Audrey Hepburn in the title role with Josephine Brown, Michael Evans, Cathleen Nesbitt, Bertha Belmore, Francis Compton and Doris Patston. Gigi is produced by The Storm Theatre Company in association with Blackfriars Repertory Theatre.

The Storm Theatre is located at 405 W. 114th St.

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