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.
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.