Before the glamorous Gigi hits Broadway, she’s making an appearance in Washington, D.C.! A re-imagined new production of the 1973 musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe will open at the Kennedy Center in January 2015. Featuring a new adaption by playwright and Emmy-nominated screenwriter Heidi Thomas, Gigi is slated to hit Broadway in 2015. Eric D. Shaeffer is on tap to direct. Casting will be announced shortly.
“I can’t imagine a better place to premiere this re-imagined production of Gigi than Washington,” Schaeffer said in a statement. “This city, designed by French-born American architect Pierre Charles L’Enfant, is a perfect match for this wonderful show.”
Set during the turn of the 20th century, Gigi tells the story of a free-spirited teenage girl living in Paris who is groomed (in the custom of her family) to serve as a companion to a bored, wealthy playboy until the pair realize they have fallen in love. The musical is based on Colette’s classic novella, the 1951 play by Anita Loos and the 1958 movie musical of the same name. The big screen adaptation of Gigi garnered a then-record-setting nine Oscars, including Best Picture.
The new Broadway-bound production is a re-imagined reboot of the 1973 musical, which played 103 performances on the Great White Way. Starring Karin Wolfe as Gigi and Daniel Massey as Gaston, the production earned a Tony Award for Best Original Score. Gigi features the memorable tunes “Thank Heaven For Little Girls,” “I Remember It Well”, "The Night They Invented Champagne" and more.
Get a Gigi refresher course below—check out the trailer for the 1958 movie!