Vanessa Hudgens is bound for Broadway! The Spring Breakers actress, who first rose to fame opposite Zac Efron in Disney's High School Musical franchise, is set to star in a production of the musical Gigi, which will debut in Washington, D.C., next year before a planned run on Broadway.
According to the Associated Press, the revival of Gigi will start at D.C.'s Kennedy Center on Jan. 16, 2015, and run through Feb. 12. Its New York dates will be announced at a later time.
"I think, as an actor, the ultimate dream is to be on Broadway," Hudgens, 25, told the AP on Wednesday, Sept. 10. "I think it's the true test. There are no second takes. You've got to bring everything you've got for the most critical of audiences. It's an honor, if anything. I'm over the moon."
First conceived as a novella by French writer and performer Colette, Gigi is about a young courtesan-in-training and the wealthy man with whom she falls in love. It was initially adapted in 1951 as a play starring Audrey Hepburn, and later as an MGM movie musical with Leslie Caron in the title role, and songs by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe. (There was also a short-lived stage musical in 1973.)
Memorable numbers from the film include "Thank Heaven for Little Girls," "The Night They Invented Champagne," and "The Parisians," which Hudgens used for her audition, according to The Washington Post.
The "Come Back to Me" singer — who has a dog named Gigi — previously showcased her musical theater talents in Neil Patrick Harris' production of Rent at the Hollywood Bowl in 2010. She played the female lead, Mimi, opposite Graceland's Aaron Tveit as Roger and Pitch Perfect's Skylar Astin as Mark.
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