Pre-Broadway Engagement of Gigi, Directed by Eric Schaeffer, Will Play Kennedy Center
By Andrew Gans
Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's Gigi, the Oscar-winning film musical that was later adapted for the Broadway stage, will play a pre-Broadway engagement in the Eisenhower Theater at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in January 2015.
Directed by Eric Schaeffer — in a re-envisioned adaptation by British playwright and Emmy-nominated screenwriter Heidi Thomas — the musical is aiming for a Broadway bow in 2015.
Producer Jenna Segal said in a statement, "I am delighted that [Kennedy Center president] Michael Kaiser has offered us an elegant home for this elegant show. It is only appropriate that we can debut Gigi for D.C. audiences who have experienced Eric Schaeffer’s wonderful productions at Signature Theatre and his recent production of Follies that travelled on to eight Tony nominations on Broadway.”
Director Schaeffer added, “I am of course thrilled to be back at the Kennedy Center. I can’t imagine a better place to premiere this re-imagined production of Gigi than Washington. This city, designed by French-born American architect Pierre Charles L’Enfant, is a perfect match for this wonderful show.”
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the debut of Gigi on Broadway.
The score includes "Thank Heaven for Little Girls," "I'm Glad I'm Not Young Anymore," "The Night They Invented Champagne," "Say a Prayer for Me Tonight," "It's a Bore," "I Remember It Well," the Oscar-winning Best Song "Gigi" and more. Lerner penned lyrics, Loewe wrote the music. The 1958 M-G-M film was based on the 1951 Broadway play by Anita Loos, who drew from the work of novelist and short story writer Colette.
The first Broadway stage adaptation of the film musical opened in 1973, with a libretto by Lerner. Lerner and Loewe's score, despite having been heard in the previous film, won the Tony Award for Best Score. The Tony rules would later change, allowing only original scores to be eligible.
Designer and 91-year-old artist Jeremiah Goodman has crafted an image that captures the spirit of this new production.
Gigi is produced by Jenna Segal, and Foresight Theatrical serves as general manager.
A specific schedule, casting and the full creative team will be announced at a later date.
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