Vanessa Hudgens, Heidi Thomas Talk Reinventing ‘Gigi’ on Opening Night

April 9, 2015 5:53 PM

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In case you haven’t heard already, in the revival of Gigi on Broadway, Honoré Lachaille does not open the musical with the famous Lerner and Loewe song “Thank Heaven for Little Girls,” as Maurice Chevalier does in the 1958 film, playing that role. Instead the tune, which adapter Heidi Thomas deemed a little inappropriate coming from an aging playboy, is sung by the title character’s grandmother (Victoria Clark) and great-aunt (Dee Hoty) while reflecting on their own youth.

“Heidi Thomas, our writer, did such a phenomenal job of keeping the heart and soul of the original Gigi but making it accessible to modern-day audiences,” says the show’s star Vanessa Hudgens at the opening-night party at Tavern on the Green in New York on Wednesday night.

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