Vanessa Hudgens plays a French girl being groomed to be a courtesan, who attracts the attention of an older boy she considers a friend. More…
Set in the magical world of La Belle Epoque Paris, where fashion, glamour and passion prevail, this celebrated story is a romantic comedy about one young woman's journey to find her true self...and her true love. Vanessa Hudgens leads a sensational cast in this Tony and Academy Award-winning musical.
"Happily, the Broadway “revisal” that just opened does a fine job retooling the plot so it’s more in line with modern ideas about women and romance...Director Eric Schaeffer has given the story an elegant casing...This honorable 'Gigi' may be a good pick if you can’t get into 'Wicked' on Take Your Daughter to the Theater Day." Full Review
"The reworkings of the score and book take most of the creaks out of 'Gigi' and provide a convincing framework for its success...There is a lot to love in this production; the creative team has delivered in spades." Full Review
"The pattery, operetta-tinged score is far from Loewe's melodic best, and while Lerner's lyrics are clever, they sometimes undermine sincere moments...But there's still something winsome about Gigi and her world. There's never much doubt as to how the story will end, but for a romantic comedy - a recent audience squealed at a marriage proposal - that's not such a problem." Full Review
"I came away both impressed and a bit underwhelmed at the same time...If the crowd reaction on opening night was any indication, this show is going to be a hit on Broadway and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if it gets some Tony nods. I just wished I had come away loving this production instead of just feeling “Whelmed” by it." Full Review
"Oh, Gigi. I’m not sure there’s enough champagne in all of France to keep me buzzed through two-and-a-half hours of your romping through Paris and a side trip to Trouville. That’s not to be said a relatively jovial evening can’t be had in your company, but it’s more like sipping from a cup of sparkling cider than a bottle of Veuve Clicquot...You’ve got a recipe for a perfectly fine—if not totally memorable—evening of theater." Full Review
"A shower of soap bubbles descends upon the audience at the finale of the pretty and pleasant revival...The current production has now been cleverly bleached of lechery... These changes smartly align the material with our more enlightened times. What the production’s creators cannot do, unfortunately, is plump up the thin story or elevate the quality of the score." Full Review
"The new revival of 'Gigi' too often feels akin to dirty linen that’s been put through the wash too many times; it’s clean now and has a sheen, but it’s threadbare, intellectually and emotionally...One leaves the theater with the overwhelming impression of an underwhelming entertainment, each element of which has been done better elsewhere." Full Review
"The new production of 'Gigi' is a fascinating exercise in exploring just how far a revival can go — and how far it shouldn't. As pretty as a Victorian picture postcard and just as deep...If you're able and willing to turn off your brain for two and a half hours, it's possible to have a perfectly inoffensive time exposing yourself to what works and accepting the rest of this 'Gigi' on its own, muddled terms." Full Review
"The new Broadway production of 'Gigi' begins with a giddy orgy of pastels. Dancers clad in candy-colored costumes flood the set, which paints gay Paree (circa 1900) in bright, scrumptious hues. The choreography is exhilarating, the mood buoyant...If only the fun would last. Unfortunately, in her current incarnation, the heroine is showing signs of age, and self-consciousness." Full Review
"“Gigi” is a flawed musical about a Pyrrhic victory, the triumph of a feisty young woman groomed to be a sexual trophy who ends up becoming a rich man’s trophy wife instead...This revamped stage version remains a less than fully satisfying experience...the central love story is a flimsy chassis for such a big vehicle...The last version of 'Gigi' to come to Broadway was a bust; if it does make it this time, the show’s producers no doubt will be thanking heaven for little girls." Full Review
'Gigi' has been scrubbed and polished so that its heroine is now sassy, headstrong, and spunkier than a barrel of Disney princesses...There’s nothing terribly risqué or even controversial about her situation anymore...The lessons Gigi receives from her Aunt Alicia on serving tea and eating crustaceans don’t lead to a transformation in her character. Indeed, they’re as tedious for us to watch as Gigi claims they are." Full Review
"They've taken out the creepy factor, but they've taken out the zing, too...All the parts are good. They just, maddeningly, don't add for a stunning show Both acts end rather unremarkably, like a fallen soufflé and the passion between the two lovers at the story's center never seems to really boil...Here, it's all about the bubbly Champagne. Everyone keeps singing about it but when it arrives, it's lukewarm and flat. Thank heaven for other choices." Full Review
"The stage version of the 1958 MGM movie musical 'Gigi' is a good example of a "why musical" -- a tolerable but ultimately pointless adaptation that adds little to, and is inferior than, the source upon which it is based...The production has an elegant look and lively movement but nevertheless feels empty and stalled." Full Review
"Lukewarm champagne...A lazy eye roll is about the most extreme reaction likely to be provoked by this pretty but charm-deficient revival in a wanly unatmospheric Belle Epoque Paris...Watching this rather mechanical reworking of 'Gigi', the suspicion arises that its weaknesses lie not only in the treatment but in the material itself, which is full of dreary patter songs that echo those from My Fair Lady but have minimal impact." Full Review
"How do you solve a problem like "Gigi"?...Director Eric Schaeffer tries to distract us from the way political correctness has sanitized the story and made it soppier while lessening the stakes...A solution to 'Gigi' has not been found... It's the music that tempts us back to "Gigi," and hearing the score cascade from a live orchestra is an undeniable treat. But in an attempt to bring the story up to 21st century standards, the new 'Gigi' only seems more dated." Full Review
"'Gigi' in this version doesn’t quite work or make sense. The sludgy direction tries to play up the Disney aspects with great costumes and sets that could be used, more effectively, for a production of “Hello, Dolly!” It’s the most inoffensive show of the season, all meringue and no mystery. Even the fact that Mamita, Gigi’s grandmother, is a former courtesan is sort of swept aside. She’s just had a lot of past romances. And a lot of good hats." Full Review
"This revamped 'Gigi' has been sanitized and given 'The Pretty Woman' treatment, without Julia Roberts or the heightened stakes that made that movie so effective...The safer road, though, is not always the better road traveled. This new and not-quite improved Gigi is now far less interesting a character...A smaller set but bigger production dancers with more dancing would have been a far more effective move by director Eric Schaeffer." Full Review
"That stage musical is now being revived in a heavily revised and awkwardly sanitized adaptation by Heidi Thomas...The score doesn't serve the story that Thomas is trying to present...There are few textures in director Eric Schaeffer's perfunctory staging...The material alone, capably done, should at least provide some fizz. For the most part, this production merely fizzles." Full Review
"The dumbed-down book and hard-bitten direction keep dragging the show back to our own thin-skinned age...Who hasn’t lost their minds in this ill-conceived adaptation? The designers, for sure, have held their own. But if the physical look of the show suggests Paris, whenever someone opens his mouth, we’re dragged back to America, where nice people don’t do naughty things." Full Review
"Neither natural force nor chemistry, alas, is much in evidence at this fizzless toast to Parisian romance in the Belle Époque. Eric Schaeffer’s revival rescues the show from the dustbin of history and moves it to a recycling bin of the present...this 'Gigi' is inoffensive to a fault...It merely feels generic." Full Review
"One wonders why anyone would even bother to dust off this less-than-classic 1973 work. No compelling answer emerges...Performances are all over the place...As musical gems go, 'Gigi' is not Tiffany — it’s Jared." Full Review
"For 11-year-old girls, 'Gigi' is very pretty and nice. For much of the rest of us, this disconcertingly wholesome new version is very pretty and bland...Sanitized, flattened and sentimentalized from stylish sophistication to what feels like a cornfed love story...This never was top-drawer Lerner and Loewe. But it had great style along with some remarkable songs. The style is much missed." Full Review
See it if you can handle seeing someone's interpretation of the classic Leslie Caron role.
Don't see it if you can't handle the changes! "Thank Heaven" is no longer sung by a man (today that would be seen as pedophilia).
See it if you'd enjoy an old-fashioned, surprisingly sweet romance that nonetheless does feel dated thanks to social norms for women during this era.
Don't see it if you're as snobby as NY theater critics. This was a terrific production w/wonderful performances, & better than many shows that outlasted it.
See it if The producers expected a BIG turnout from Vanessa Hudgens fans & removed the amoral parts of the story. What they needed was a smaller venue
Don't see it if If U wanted to see a nasty little tale about older men chasing much younger women then U've come to the wrong show. Here she's 18 (not 16)??
See it if you are looking for a feel good type of show. It is very romantic with a simple plot. There are fabulous costumes and some stand out songs
Don't see it if you are looking for a show with a serious plot. It is very predictable and not that exciting.
See it if You liked the movie. Note the same comment for see it and don't see it!
Don't see it if If you liked the movie. What were they thinking making this classic politically correct and changing an iconic song! Just WRONG!!!
See it if You want a fluffy musical comedy romance that's as intoxicating as champagne. The actors are talented and engaging.
Don't see it if You're not a fan of classic musicals--you may find this dated and stuffy.
See it if If you want to see something cute
Don't see it if want it to be like the movie. certain creative decisions change the meaning, trying to be more "relevant" but ends up not making no sense.
See it if if you like the movie, are a fan of Vanessa Hudgens, or want to something cute and fun with beautiful costumes and sets.
Don't see it if you are expecting the book update to have changed much, want a show with substance, don't like romances.
See it if you like good singing and songs. Middling show.
Don't see it if In the effort to sanitize the any inkling that Gigi is a prostitute in training, characters act bizarrely around the new contrived plot
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