Vanessa Hudgens’ Broadway Debut ‘Gigi’ Sets Closing

The Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe musical will play its final performance on Sunday, June 21 at the Neil Simon Theatre. The show began previews on March 19 and opened April 8 to mostly middling and negative reviews, though Hudgens got props for her game performance as a young Parisian girl who balks at her guardians’ plans to groom her for life as a courtesan. The closing notice came fast on the heels of Sunday’s Tony Awards, which sent it home empty-handed. A sequence from the show, featuring nominee Victoria Clark and the company singing “The Night They Invented Champagne,” failed to ignite an indifferent box-office. It will have played 20 previews and 86 performances.

“On behalf of my co-producers and investors, we’re so proud of this beautiful production and for the gorgeous cast and talented creative team who brought Gigi to life,” commented. “We’re grateful too for the audiences who came and loved Gigi on Broadway,” producer Jenna Segal said, “and are so happy that the show will live on through a U.S. national tour and licensing.” Gigi is the second show, following The Visit with Chita Rivera, to fold post-Tonys.

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