Vanessa Hudgens to play Rizzo in FOX’s live broadcast musical ‘Grease’

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 Audrey Magazine:

It seems that the musical bug will not stop biting Vanessa Hudgens. Less than a week after her debut as Gigi at the Kennedy Center, Fox announced that Hudgens will be playing Rizzo, the loud-mouthed pink lady in a live musical broadcast of GreaseIn the original film, Rizzo was portrayed by actress Stockard Channing.

Fox is attempting to follow NBC’s footsteps by creating updated versions of classic musicals and broadcasting them on live television. NBC’s previous musical, Peter Pan, aired in December.

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Hudgens is simply “cranked” (that’s how you said “excited” in the 1950’s) on becoming a sassy pink lady.

Playing Rizzo is something I never imagined. I love that, because it will be a new challenge. I cannot wait to bring her to life on live television. I am going to be a pink lady!”

Hudgens will be starring alongside Julianne Hough, who will play goody-two-shoes Sandy. Fox has yet to announce the rest of the cast, but it is rumored that Hudgens’ ex-boyfriend and High School Musical co-star, Zac Efron, may play Danny Zucko. Perhaps that awkward situation may help Hudgens get into her bad-girl character?

Grease is expected to premiere on January 31, 2016.

 

Vanessa Hudgens to star in Broadway musical ‘Gigi’

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 Audrey Magazine:

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.

A behind the scenes look of Vanessa rehearsing for "Gigi."

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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.