arise.tv weekend film review show, Arise On Screen. Hudgens was almost unrecognizable as the hard luck and pregnant New Jersey teen in Gimme Shelter.
Based on the novella by Colette, Gigi was a play starring Audrey Hepburn in the early 1950s. That was a straight play -- meaning all dialogue, no music. Vanessa Hudgens will be on Broadway in the stage adaptation of the original Hollywood musical that had songs written for the film by the famed My Fair Lady songwriters, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. The upcoming Broadway show contains the celebrated songs from the Vincente Minnelli classic.
When I saw Ms. Hudgens interviewed by GMA anchor George Stayontopothis, I got that "You really need to hire me as a segment producer, GMA" feeling. He never mentioned the Vincente Minnelli musical which is the basis for this new Broadway show. Hudgens was on GMA and performed songs introduced in the classic movie with Leslie Caron, not from the play with Audrey Hepburn.
If I was a GMA segment producer, here's the intro I would've written for George:
Last month, we all watched the Oscars here on ABC. Back in the day, the winner for Best Picture of 1958 was a box office champ and an original movie musical. The movie was GIGI starring Leslie Caron in the title role. Best Picture was just one of the nine Oscars Gigi took home. It also won Best Music Score, Best Song and Vincente Minnelli -- the father of Liza Minnelli -- won for Best Director. The classic film musical has been adapted for Broadway and making her Broadway debut in it is the talented graduate of the Disney Channel and High School Musical -- Vanessa Hudgens.
Hudgens did "I Don't Understand The Parisians" and "They Night They Invented Champagne" on GMA. Loved her! I think her Broadway debut is going to be delicious.
As I also mentioned in my previous blog post, another Oscar winning movie musical directed by Vincente Minnelli got the stage treatment and is soon to open on Broadway. Minnelli directed Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, a musical love story rich with popular songs and compositions written by George Gershwin. The movie won the Oscar for Best Picture of 1951.
The action has been moved from the early 1950s to soon after the end of World War in the mid-1940s. France is crawling out from having been under the shadow of Nazi occupation. Remember the jovial French entertainer who did the elegant, jazzy "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise" number in the movie?
Reportedly, in the upcoming Broadway musical, the French entertainer is now a closeted gay man. Piano player Adam now has a leg injury. His American painter friend, Jerry the ex-G.I., now suffers from post-war trauma.
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