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Vanessa Hudgens Returns to the Stage in Revival of ‘Gigi’ Musical

Vanessa Hudgens will star in a revival of the 1973 Broadway musical 'Gigi.' The show will run in Washington, D.C. before a possible move to Broadway next year.

Vanessa Hudgens will star in a revival of the 1973 Broadway musical ‘Gigi.’ The show will run in Washington, D.C. before a possible move to Broadway next year.

Vanessa Hudgens is stepping into Audrey Hepburn’s shoes in a revival of the musical Gigi. The show is slated to open at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in January and could transition to Broadway if it’s a hit.

The production is based on a 1945 novel by the same name, written by Colette.

It was first made into a French movie starring Danièle Delorme in 1948 before being adapted for the stage in 1951.

Hepburn starred in the lead role as a young 18th century Parisian girl being groomed to be a courtesan. It was her first major role.

In 1958, the story was turned into a musical film starring Leslie Caron and Louis Jourdan. The famous musical duo, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe wrote the lyrics and music.

The movie included such hits as “Thank Heaven For Little Girls” and “I Remember It Well” and was considered a box office smash.

The movie became the basis of a Broadway musical in 1973, with Lerner and Lowe writing the book and music. Karin Wolfe and Daniel Massey starred, but the show ran for only 103 performances.

It was last revived on London’s West End in 1985, where it fared somewhat better. It ran for seven months.

Hudgens will star in a newly adapted version of the musical by Heidi Thomas (Call the Midwife, Cranford, Upstairs Downstairs). Eric D. Schaeffer (Follies, Million Dollar Quartet) will direct, according to the production.

Hudgens, 25, is a versatile actress who can sing and dance. She starred in the Disney television movie “High School Musical” and two “High School” sequels.

Her only other theater experience is her role as Mimi Marquez in a 2010 performance of Rent at the Hollywood Bowl.

She is probably best known for her raunchy role in the 2012 movie “Spring Breakers,” but she’s “ecstatic” about tackling the project.

“I think, as an actor, the ultimate dream is to be on Broadway. I think it’s the true test. There are no second takes,” she told the Associated Press.

The show will open at the Kennedy Center Jan. 16 and run through Feb. 12. No further details about it’s New York run were available.

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