Thank heaven for not-so-little girls. A revival of the Alan Jay Lerner/Frederick Loewe musical Gigi, starring Disney-minted and Spring Breakers starlet Vanessa Hudgens, has booked the Neil Simon Theatre and will begin previews on March 19, with an official opening on April 8. The theater became available when the producers of The Last Ship announced that the Sting musical would trim its sails as of January 24.
The revival of the musical by the team behind My Fair Lady and Camelot will begin its out-of-town tryout this weekend at the Kennedy Center in Washington, where it runs through February 12. The show, based on the novel by Collette about a young Parisian girl who is being groomed for life as a courtesan, will feature a new book (Lerner wrote the original) by UK writer Heidi Thomas.
The director is Eric Schaeffer and the choreographer is Emmy-winner Joshua Bergasse (Smash, the current Broadway revival of On The Town.) The cast includes Victoria Clark and Howard McGillin, along with Dee Hoty, Corey Cott and Steffanie Leigh.
Vincente Minnelli’s 1958 film, starring Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan and Hermione Gingold won nine Oscars including Best Picture. The 1973 Broadway premiere was a short-lived failure, with much of the blame going to the book. The songs won a Tony Award for best score.