Gigi: Lerner & Loewe's Romantic Classic, A Musical Valentine from Reprise
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The last date listed for Gigi was Sunday February 27, 2011 / 2:00pm.
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Featured review from W. N. I.Red Velvet
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For me, Gigi, has always been one of the most charming old fashioned musicals of the '70s. Reprise understands this and worked very hard to maintain that charm. William Atherton established the mood in the first seconds and was lovable and masterful throughout. Lisa O'hare, as Gigi, even though no adolescent, was wonderful. I fell in love with her voice and with the energy and assuredness with which she did her part. I wish I had seen her Fair Lady and hope to hear her magic voice in something else someday soon.
Alicia Denaker could not have been better. She owned the stage, and carried herself and luxurious costuming perfectly. Millicent Martin was enchanting as Mamita, another fine British actor, who lucky for us came to LS to to lighten up our Fraziers and enrich our Reprise production. Jason Graae was a wonderful scene stealer; the audience anxiously awaitied to see how he might take on his next, of many, roles. At ovation time the roars and applause made it clear how much he was appreciated. The ensemble of dancer/actors all did fine work and are true professionals.
The one failure in the production was Matt Cavenaugh as Gaston. He has a beautiful voice and, musically, was perfect. The play, however, depends on whether he can be convincingly charming while at the same time being an horrible snob and playboy. He got the snob, but showed no charm. The lines were there to help him, but he didn't take advantage of the script. But for the little gifts he brought her, it was impossible to see why Gigi (nor Mamita) would be attracted to him. Neither I nor my friends could relate to him at all. Charlie Sheen plays a grosser-20th Century American version of this character, and is loved by everybody, so the acting task is far from impossible. I hope Mr. Cavenaugh softens up and finds Gaston's charm in the coming performances. He was too rigid, then too loud and angry, and certainly too cold.
The sets and costumes were stupendous, considering the limited Reprise budget. The orchestra was the real thing and flawlessly engaging.
I am happy to have attended for all the delightful good performances, beautiful voices and songs and will recommend the musical to my friends, but will wish that Mr. Cavenaugh's performance wasn't so distracting. He obviously has the talent to go the next step and be convincing.
GO SEE GIGI AND ENJOY!
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The Costumes were very good, the scenery mediocre, the performers were OK not great. I guess I was spoiled by thoughts of the original movie. The actor who played Honore was not the quality of Maurice Chevalier. It was hard to accept the genre or...continued
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So easy to compare this to the original film, which is one of the great film musicals of all time. But, don't do it. As a theatre piece on its own, it's fun, very entertaining, and heart warming. It's also different than the movie, which...continued
Quotes & Highlights
“The score is a melodic, wittily literate delight blessed with such songs as the tart ‘I Remember it Well,’ anticipating Sondheim in its wry melancholy as two former lovers look back on different versions of the same past.” -The Telegraph, UK* *
“The highlight of the show is Lerner’s book and lyrics, with clever turns of phrase that are, at times, like Noel Coward set to music… a talented cast!"-_LA Weekly (“Go!”)
“_Gigi has its charms!”—Los Angeles Times
“It’s a battle of the sexes both thematically and on the stage, as the women in the cast—especially the glorious Lisa O’Hare in the title role—bring much of the charm, humor, and enchantment to the production.”—Theatermania
“Glorious renditions of evergreen songs!”—Backstage
Check out the full cast list with bios.
The perfect gift for Your Valentine! You can’t help but fall in love as Reprise journeys to Paris with Gigi! IThe renowned movie swept the Oscars in 1959, winning Best Picture, and the stage version boasts even more songs, more tears and more romance. You’ll fall in love with this Tony-winning score brought to life by our heavenly Reprise orchestra. *
Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Loewe
“Based on a novel by Colette”
As produced by Edwin Lester for the Los Angeles and San Francisco Civic Light Opera Associations and by Saint Subber for Broadway
Choreographed by Peggy Hickey
Directed by David Lee