The Verdict: Critics Review Broadway-Bound Gigi, Starring Vanessa Hudgens

The Verdict   The Verdict: Critics Review Broadway-Bound Gigi, Starring Vanessa Hudgens
 
The new Broadway-bound production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's Oscar and Tony Award-winning film and stage musical Gigi, starring Vanessa Hudgens in the title role, opened Jan. 29 in the Eisenhower Theater at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. 
Vanessa Hudgens and cast
Vanessa Hudgens and cast Photo by Joan Marcus

The production is currently playing a pre-Broadway engagement through Feb. 12 (previews began Jan. 16). Tickets for the Kennedy Center engagement are available at Kennedy-Center.org.

Broadway performances are scheduled to begin March 19 at the Neil Simon Theatre. Opening night on Broadway is set for April 8; tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster.com.

Hudgens is joined by Tony Award winner Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza, Sister Act, Cinderella) as Mamita, Corey Cott (Newsies) as Gaston Lachaille, three-time Tony Award nominee Dee Hoty (The Will Rogers Follies, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, Footloose) as Aunt Alicia, two-time Tony Award nominee Howard McGillin (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Anything Goes) as Honoré Lachaille and Steffanie Leigh (Mary Poppins) as Liane d'Exelmans.

Rounding out the cast are 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.

The critics have filed their reviews and Playbill.com has collected them for our readers. Playbill.com will continue to update.  *

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Gigi, with book and lyrics by Lerner and music by Loewe, features a new book adaptation by Emmy-nominated screenwriter Heidi Thomas ("Upstairs Downstairs," "Call the Midwife") and is choreographed by Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse (On the Town, "Smash") and directed by Eric Schaeffer (Follies, Million Dollar Quartet).

Scenic design is by Tony Award winner Derek McLane with costume design by five-time Tony Award winner Catherine Zuber, lighting design by four-time Tony Award winner Natasha Katz, sound design by Tony Award nominee Kai Harada, hair design by David Brian Brown and make-up design by Jon Carter.

Steffanie Leigh and company
Steffanie Leigh and company Photo by Joan Marcus

James Moore is the musical director, John Miller is the music coordinator, and orchestrations are by August Eriksmoen. Vocal and incidental music arrangement is by Matt Aument with dance music arrangements by Sam Davis. Casting is by Tara Rubin Casting, CSA. Production management is by Juniper Street Productions, and the production stage manager is Bonnie Panson.

Visit GigiOnBroadway.com.

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