Gigi Film Analysis

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Imagine being given the opportunity to fill in the role of a brilliant and famous actor such as Audrey Hepburn. Fortunately for past Disney star Vanessa Hudgens, this dream of starring in a Broadway show has become a reality. This past week I had the privilege to go to New York and see the Broadway revival of Gigi. Gigi is originally based on the novella titled Gigi by Collete. The novella then turned into a major motion picture before hitting the Broadway stage in 1951 starring Audrey Hepburn as the title role. Fredrick Lowe wrote the original music for the play. With great success from the original movie and the first run of the show on Broadway, Heidi Thomas took on the role of readapting the Broadway musical for audiences today. The revival …show more content…
As the curtains went up, the audience was present with a metal structure that was the bottom of the Eiffel tower. This beautiful metal structure made me only excited to see what the rest of the sets would look like. The lighting right off the bat was extremely elegant, being that the majority of the lights had a shade of purple. This set the feel of the Parisian world that the audience would be taken on. Before I saw the show, I imagined the stage being much bigger than it actually was in reality. This made worried because I truly did not know how they would incorporate a nightclub scene, and numerous scenes inside Gigi’s grandmas house. However, the set designers did an excellent job of making seamless transitions between the streets of Paris and different house and club sequences. With each transition, the bottom portion of what was the Eiffel tower remained on stage. The set designers would transition to different sets by using windows, curtains, and doors, which would come down from the ceiling. Even though the sets were only parts of what a house or nightclub would look like, the audience could understand where the scenes were taken place. In addition, several actors would enter the stage sitting on a set that was connected to a rolling metal board that would be automatically wheeled on stage. These quick scene changes were extremely well thought out, and crucial …show more content…
Vanessa Hudgens, who plays Gigi, brought a modern youthfulness to a character that has been performed by renowned Broadway actresses. Hudgens does an amazing job of grasping on to the youthfulness of her character in the first half of the play. Hudgens utilized different approaches to brining her youthful character to life. Ms. Hudgens took on many body movements that a young girl would posses. Even in the way her character Gigi walked, you could tell that Hudgens was going for a youthful approach of holding herself together. A character like Gaston, performed by Corey Cott, is seen to be a very proper and intelligent young man. In one scene when Gaston is frustrated that Gigi does not want to be with him, we see Gaston sing a solo song. All throughout the play we never see a heartfelt and loving side to him. However, in the song “Gigi” Corey Cott does an amazing job of showing the love that his character has for Gigi. Cott changed the volume of his vocals throughout the song to show his passion and love for Gigi. This scene stuck with me because Cott did such an amazing job of convincing the audience that he was truly in love with Gigi. In addition to the main characters of the play, I also paid attention to some of the ensemble members. Specifically one of the ensemble members caught my eye. This woman was a little older and she was in most of the dance numbers. However, something

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