While the former Disney actress is no stranger to musicals, this will be her first time on the Great White Way in the revival of Gigi. The news was announced on Wednesday by the producers of the show. They revealed that the musical will have a pre-Broadway tryout at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. from Jan. 16 to Feb. 12 before heading to New York City later in 2015.
Hudgens could not contain her excitement in a released statement. She said, “I started performing in musicals from a young age, and it has always been my dream to be on Broadway. I cannot wait to get back on stage, singing and dancing these songs and living in Gigi’s glamorous world.”
While this news might come as a shock to theatre fans, the contract has been in the works for a while. The High School Musical star participated in a workshop over the summer. It was there that she sealed the deal for the role.
Producer Jenna Segal shared, “We absolutely fell in love with Vanessa and we know that audiences will too. She has a huge worldwide following, and it’s easy to understand why, once you see her on stage. She just has that special something, and we’re thrilled to have her with us to bring our new Gigi to life.”
The show has had several incarnations over the years. It started out as a Broadway play starring Audrey Hepburn in 1951, based on the adaptation of the novel by Colette. It then became an MGM movie musical in 1958, winning a total of nine Academy Awards along the way. The musical version headed to Broadway in 1973.
Fans can expect a few updates in the latest revival. British playwright, Heidi Thomas, is freshening the book, while several songs from the movie will be added into the run as well.
Eric Schaeffer is directing and Joshua Bergasse is choreographing.