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Gigi (Broadway Musical)

Members say: Delightful, Entertaining, Romantic, Dated, Great staging
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Critics
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54 reviews
Members
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77 reviews
 

Vanessa Hudgens plays a French girl being groomed to be a courtesan, who attracts the attention of an older boy she considers a friend.

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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.

 

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Reviews (131)

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53
Avg Score

65
The New York Times

"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

75
New York Post

"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

40
BroadwayWorld

"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

40
Variety

"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

40
Time Out New York

"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

30
New York Magazine / Vulture

"The attempt to turn such a property into a girl-power fantasy has left it more perverted than ever, and altogether unworthy of its name...The production’s desperation to appeal to tweens instead of their parents results in a disastrous if not deliberate misreading of the tale...how painful it is, rereading the original, to see how much intelligence has been lost." Full Review

35
The Guardian (UK)

"The feeble feminist revisionism only points up the musical’s problems...The orchestra sounds wonderful and some of the songs are a treat...Too bad about the story. And the arch and sincere tonal confusion. And the star. This is some very flat champagne." Full Review

60
DC Theatre Scene

"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

35
New York Theatre Guide

"There is a positively Walt Disney quality running throughout the production...This is a 'Gigi', unfortunately, a sleight of hand production that tries to be all things to all people so that you can bring your daughters to the theatre – because in the end the gal gets her man and keeps her honor. The result is a rather bland soufflé that is too hard on the outside and too soft at the center." Full Review

45
The Hollywood Reporter

"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

45
AM New York

"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

30
The Huffington Post

"A woefully cheap travesty of the gloriously romantic film has now opened at the Neil Simon...There's no reason to itemize the myriad unfortunate variations, although it's necessary to mention some that will likely both infuriate and amuse fans of the film...On the day 'Gigi' officially begins, the Yale School of Drama announces two new scholarships as gifts from the Frederick Loewe Foundation. It's a safe bet that neither of them will go to anyone connected with this enterprise." Full Review

60
Talkin' Broadway

"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

30
Chicago Tribune

"Anemic, sterile — and, at times, rather creepy...This is a revival demonstrably afraid of sexuality. But if everyone is so nervous about seduction, then you really don't have a "Gigi," which has romance and seduction at its core. The French are better at walking these murky paths along the River Seine. This "Gigi" has no idea how to proceed with its own material...Maybe the entire enterprise was hoping for too much, but wit, style, panache and truth would all have helped Gigi on the stairway... Full Review

40
New York Daily News

"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

50
Deadline

"There are no surprises, of either the negative or the especially positive sort...We were all doused with soapy Champagne bubbles at the curtain, which somehow seemed apt." Full Review

50
Journal Times

"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

55
The Wrap

'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

40
Newsday

"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

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NorthJersey.com

"I'm not a fan of the 1958 film "Gigi." But if I were, I'd be pretty sore about the lump of a musical that's been made from it...Without comparing it to the film, the musical manages to fail all on its own...Directed sluggishly by Eric Schaeffer, with rote dances, the musical tries hard to be joyous, but seldom lifts itself above dull...'Gigi' is the night the Champagne went flat." Full Review

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WNBC

"'Gigi' boasts classic orchestrations, gorgeous costumes and appealing dance numbers. It’s a delightful production." Full Review

60
The Washington Post

"“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

60
USA Today

"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

70
Broadway Blog

"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

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Los Angeles Times

"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

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68
Avg Score

66
Delightful, Cliched, Dated, Fluffy

See it if you want a light and sparkly experience; seeing Victoria Clark is always a good idea

Don't see it if you want a deep experience

54
Cliched, Dated, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if If you like the great cast or the original movie.

Don't see it if If you don't like pure entertaining fluff.

60
Delightful, Romantic, Indulgent, Dated, Fluffy

See it if You are a fan of the movie and won't mind the story that goes nowhere; you want to see a vivacious Vanessa Hudgens becoming a Broadway star.

Don't see it if You're turned off by uninspired music, and a slow plot that's very heavy on romance.

72
Romantic, Dated, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if like cute, romantic, old fashioned musicals.

Don't see it if are looking for something more than a light hearted musical.

50
Quirky, Dated, Great staging, Typical

See it if Vanessa Hudgens wasn't playing. Saw her understudy. Enjoyed it. Short run, not surprised.

Don't see it if you are tired of old-school musicals.

70
Delightful, Romantic, Disappointing, Dated, Great staging

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.

82
Delightful, Romantic, Cliched, Dated, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy fluffy romantic musicals.

Don't see it if You find anything too bubbly annoying.

37
Romantic, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Dated

See it if you were given free tickets and couldn't get out of going. The revised/updated script is stupid and pointless leaving the show flat.

Don't see it if you enjoy musicals with a good story that makes sense.

68
Disappointing, Insipid, Overrated, Dated, Fluffy

See it if you want to see these actors. The play is dated and although there are some good songs in this case the movie is much better.

Don't see it if watch the movie instead.

74
Cute and fluffy

See it if You are a fan of the story or Vanessa Hudgens. It's cute and light with great sets and costumes..it's exactly what you would expect it to be

Don't see it if You like your musicals complex or cerebral

70
Delightful, Quirky, Romantic, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if you love vanessa hugeness

Don't see it if you want a better musical and acting.

72
Enchanting, Indulgent, Sweet, Precious

See it if you want to a fluffy, girly show. Great for younger girls . a slightly updated version of the original

Don't see it if you expecting something top notch

70
Confusing, Disappointing, Great singing, Great staging

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

68
Funny, Delightful, Romantic, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you want to see Vanessa Hudgens live and see her kill it

Don't see it if you need a story that isn't so dated and music that will stay with you

59
Refreshing, Cute, So-so

See it if you want something very light fare, like an appetizer

Don't see it if you want anything super intelligent or thought-provoking

55
Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow, Great singing

See it if you enjoy period pieces

Don't see it if you want character development or an engaging narrative

40
Quirky, Romantic, Disappointing, Dated, Fluffy

See it if If you like dazzling sets & costumes and when there's an all-star cast; A lot of choreography;

Don't see it if You don't like a cheesy story, bland music or really lame jokes;

64
Disappointing, Cliched, Dated, Cute

See it if You like light musicals and don't need much substance.

Don't see it if You are expecting an improvement with the updated book. The updates did NOT help this production. The show is cute, and that's about it.

77
Disappointing, Entertaining, 2015 broadway revival, Turn-of-the-century france (19th-20th), Vanessa hudgens ('gigi') & victoria clark ('mamita')

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)??

81
Funny, Delightful, Cliched, Dated, Entertaining

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.

48
Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Dated, Great staging

See it if well it closed a while back

Don't see it if you know good musicals

80
Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if you like a girly show

Don't see it if you want to see something more broadway scale

77
Refreshing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if enjoys a cute/semi-romantic storyline.

Don't see it if doesn't enjoy a storyline based in France.

100
Clever, Delightful, Masterful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love musicals

Don't see it if You don't

75
Delightful, Confusing, Cliched, Dated, Entertaining

See it if You like good music.

Don't see it if You don't like slow shows.