Gigi Summary

  • Gigi is 2.5 Hours long, including an intermission of 15 Minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: March 19, 2015
  • Opens April 8, 2015
  • Show Closed: June 21, 2015

GiGi is the story of a young woman living in Paris at the turn of the 20th century. As per her family tradition, she is destined to become a courtesan. However, she meets a bachelor named Gaston who guides her to becoming a very distinguished young lady. As Gaston witnesses the transformation of Gigi’s maturity, he becomes conflicted when he falls in love with Gigi, yet struggles with the fact that he may have to abandon his mistress-dealing ways.

Gigi on Broadway Background

First premiering on Broadway in 1973, this revival of the timeless musical Gigi comes to Broadway following a pre-Broadway run at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Starring Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical, Spring Breakers), along with Tony Award winner Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza, Follies). Additional cast includes Corey Cott (Newsies), Dee Hoty (Footloose, City of Angels), Howard McGillin (Sunday in the Park with George, The Secret Garden), and Steffanie Leigh (Mary Poppins). This musical with music by Frederick Loewe and book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner is based on the 1945 novel of the same name by Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette.

The original production on Broadway won the Tony Award for Best Score, which includes many timeless tunes including “Thank Heaven for Little Girls.” This is a revised version of the musical, adapted by Heidi Thomas, and directed by Eric D. Schaeffer (Million Dollar Quartet, Glory Days). The courtesan aspect of the story has been made much more subtle, if not completely surreptitious, making the show much more appropriate for most ages.

What’s Gigi Like?

Originally based on the end-of-the-war 1944 French novel of the same name, which was later turned into a musical, Gigi tells the story of a 15 year old woman who is being groomed to pursue the courtesan lifestyle by her grandmother and aunt. Gigi is unhappy with the idea but ultimately acquiesces to her family’s wishes. Gigi’s close male friend, Gaston, is seen as a womanizer of sorts as he frequently has private rendezvous with a string of mistresses. The updated Broadway musical has been modernized for a 21st century audience. The producers have removed some of the eyebrow-raising debauchery that was seen in Gigi’s previous Broadway and movie incarnations. In this modern version, Gigi is now 18 years old (as opposed to the original 15) and Gaston is perceived to be around the same age.

Is Gigi Good for Kids?

Yes, although it is recommended for those over the age of 10. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Theatre Information

Neil Simon Theatre

250 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 1,428
Entrance: 52nd Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue.
Theatre Information

Neil Simon Theatre Seating Chart

Cast Members

Gigi
Vanessa Hudgens
Honore Lachaille
Howard McGillin
Gaston Lachaille
Corey Cott
Liane d'Exelmans
Steffanie Leigh
Mamita Alvarez
Victoria Clark
Aunt Alicia
Dee Hoty

Producers

Jenna Segal

Ilyah Mikhailovic

Mia Hu

Eion Hu

Jeremiah J Harris

Merrie L Davis

Darren P Daverna

Production Credits

Director
Eric Schaeffer
Choreographer
Joshua Bergasse
Set Designer
Derek McLane
Costume Designer
Catherine Zuber
Musical Director
James Moore
Sound Designer
Kai Harada
Lighting Designer
Natasha Katz
Music Coordinator
John Miller
Orchestrations
August Eriksmoen
Dance Music Arrangements
Sam Davis
Vocal + Incidental Music Arrangements
Matt Aument
Production Stage Manager
Bonnie Panson
Book + Lyrics
Alan Jay Lerner
Adaptation
Heidi Thomas
Music
Frederick Loewe

Creative Team

General Manager
Allan Williams at Foresight Theatrical LLC
Company Manager
Katrina Elliott at Foresight Theatrical LLC
Production Manager
Juniper Street Productions
Casting Director
Tara Rubin Casting
Advertising Representative
SpotCo
Marketing
Type A Marketing
Press Agent
Boneau Bryan-Brown