WITH: Lisa O'Hare (Gigi), Matt Cavenaugh (Gaston Lachailles), William Atherton (Honore Lachailles), Millicent Martin (Mamita), Susan Denaker (Alicia), Chryssie Whitehead (Liane D'Exelmans), Jason Graae (Maitre D' and others).
Gigi is a musical with a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. It is based on the novella Gigi by Colette and 1958 hit musical film of the same name.
The story concerns Gigi, a free-spirited teenaged girl living in Paris at the turn of the 20th century. She is being groomed as a courtesan in her family's tradition. Before she is deemed ready for her social debut, she encounters the bon vivant bachelor Gaston Lachaille, whom she captivates as she is transformed into a charmingly poised young lady.
The original Broadway production, produced by Edwin Lester in 1973, ran for a disappointing 103 performances but won the Tony Award for Best Score. A West End production played in 1985.
A pre-Broadway production of the musical, newly adapted by Heidi Thomas (Call the Midwife, Cranford, Upstairs Downstairs) and directed by Eric D. Schaeffer (Follies, Million Dollar Quartet) is planned to run the Kennedy Center in January 2015.
Presented by Reprise Theatre Company. This version of show contains many of the revisions Lerner made to the original Broadway version during the 1985 London production. There is one blackout during “The Contract” but it only lasts about a minute, and the rest of the show is intact. No obstruction and very little washout. Filmed with a mix of close-ups and full stage shots.
Format: DVD (on 2 DVDs)
Run time: 111m
B&W / Color: Color
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