From Disney to Broadway: Vanessa Hudgens Stars in Broadway Musical ‘Gigi’


Vanessa Hudgens will sing and dance her way into the hearts of viewers once again. But this time, it won’t be a high school musical. Much to the excitement of her fans, Hudgens announced last fall that she would be starring in the Broadway adaptation of Gigi. Finally, it’s here.


A behind the scenes look of Vanessa rehearsing for "Gigi."
A behind the scenes look of Vanessa rehearsing for “Gigi.”
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Photo courtesy of US Magazine
Photo courtesy of US Magazine

Hudgens, who is best known for her role as Gabriella Montez in Disney’s High School Musical, is taking a step outside mainstream Hollywood and entering an entirely different world by portraying a young French girl in the early 1900s. This seems to spark controversy and dislike among longtime Gigi fans because of Vanessa’s ethnicity. However, the Filipino-American actress won’t let negativity dull her excitement.

In the behind the scenes video below, Hudgens says Gigi “sits so deeply in who I am.”



Based on the 1944 novel by the late French writer, Colette, the story focuses on Gigi, a young girl from Paris who is trying to discover her true self. She becomes a courtesan while experiencing a blossoming relationship with a wealthy man named Gaston.

Gigi opens Friday, January 16 at the Kennedy Center.

Feature image courtesy of Gigi on Broadway’s Facebook page.