Hudgens, who broke out as an actress in Disney movie “High School Musical,” and its sequels has solid skills that should translate well to the stage.
She’s an accomplished singer, dancer and actress and exudes vivaciousness with her sex kitten looks. She seemed equally thrilled to be making her Broadway debut.
“I love this show so much,” she gushed on GMA.
Based on a 1945 novel by Colette, the story charts the life of a young Parisian who is being groomed to become a courtesan in the tradition of her family. But before she begins her training she falls in love with the rakish Gaston.
The new musical, adapted by Heidi Thomas and directed by Eric D. Schaeffer, played the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., for a month in January and February with Hudgens in the lead role. The show’s success prompted the move to Broadway.
Gigi first appeared on the Great White Way in 1951 as play. It starred Hepburn in the lead role opposite Michael Evans as her lover Gaston Lachaille.
The story was actually popularized as a musical in a hit 1958 film, starring Leslie Caron in the lead role. Directed by Vincente Minnelli, the film has become a classic.
It also starred Louis Jourdan as Gaston and Maurice Chevalier and Hermione Gingold in memorable roles. Blonde bombshell Eva Gabor was also featured.
The musical was adopted for the stage in 1973, but the show was a disappointment. Karin Wolfe starred as Gigi and Daniel Massey playd Gaston. The show closed after 103 performances.
When the Lerner & Loewe classic previews beginning Thursday (Mar. 19), its success will be clearly riding on Hudgens’ shoulders. But she seems up to the challenge.
“Broadway was always on my bucket list. One of my best friends made me put a list together when I was 15 and Broadway was at the very top of the list,” Hudgens told the New York Daily News.
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