Vanessa Hudgens will soon see her name in bright lights on Broadway.
The actress-singer made famous from her role in Disney’s “High School Musical” will make her Broadway debut in the title role of “Gigi.” The musical revival will make its debut in Washington, D.C., in January before heading to Broadway later in the year, Entertainment Weekly reports.
"I think, as an actor, the ultimate dream is to be on Broadway. I think it's the true test. There are no second takes. You've got to bring everything you've got for the most critical of audiences," Hudgens told the Associated Press.
“Gigi” first opened on Broadway in 1973. It was nominated for four Tony Awards and won in the Best Score category. Since then, adaptions have played at London’s West End, and at least one production toured the United States in the 1980s.
The plot follows a teenage girl at the turn of the century in Paris. While being groomed to be a companion for a bored and wealthy man, the pair fall in love. The story first appeared in a novel by Colette in 1945. In 1951 Audrey Hepburn starred in a stage adaptation and in 1958 a television musical aired featuring Leslie Caron.
"My mom's name is Gina, her nickname's been Gigi. We have a dog named Gigi. Gigi is very prevalent in our lives," Hudgens told AP describing her familiarity with the musical.
Hudgens made her acting debut in the 2003 film, “Thirteen.” Three years later, she starred in popular Disney’s “High School Musical.” The franchise includes three blockbuster movies, chart-topping albums and made Hudgens along with her co-stars, Zac Efron, Ashley Tisdale, teen idols.
Hudgens played the lead role in her last film, “Gimme Shelter” released in January. The movie, which followed a homeless pregnant teenager that sought safety in a Christian shelter, was panned by critics. The Chicago Reader labeled it “a poor man’s ‘Precious.’” The Orange County Register said the film was “hyped propaganda for faith-based initiatives.”
The 25-year-old is optimistic about her latest project. She has already begun twice-a-day vocal exercises and memorizing her lines, she told AP.