The Sunday Giveaway: Two tickets to Gigi on Broadway!

Oh-la-la, we’ve got a verrrry grrrreat giveaway today, n’est-ce pas?

(Did the French accent come through on that?  Because I was channeling my best Gérard Depardieu.)

Today, I’m giving away two tickets to France!

Ok, ok, maybe not two actual tickets to France, but for sure, the next best thing.  I’ve got two tickets to Gigi on Broadway starring Vanessa “I’m not in High School Musical anymore” Hudgens!

So how do you win tickets to see this classic Lerner and Loewe movie turned musical?

Here’s how . . .

The thing is, Gigi isn’t a new musical.  And it isn’t a revival.

It’s part of a new category of musical that I like to call the “revisal.”  A revisal is when an enterprising producer and creative team take a classic work like Gigi (the movie was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry), and updates it, making it relevant for today’s audiences.

For Gigi that meant updating the book, some of the tunes, and more.

As we get further and further away from some of the classic musicals, it may become more and more necessary.

Pick a musical that you think needs to be “revised” in order to work in a modern context.  And extra credit if you tell me how you’d do it!  Maybe it’s Show Boat.  Or maybe it’s The Music Man.  Or maybe it’s Cats because there are so many cat videos on YouTube now.

You comment below with what you’d want to revise and you could win two tickets to Gigi on Broadway!


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  • Jacob Persily says:

    I would love to see a new take on Guys and Dolls-Internet gambling anyone?

  • Tim R. says:

    I would take ‘Some Like It Hot’ and update it with the good stuff from ‘Sugar’, all of the songs from the film, and of course several new songs that I would write. The film is so iconic and I think that in the right theatre and with the right cast (think someone like Scarlett Johansson making her Broadway musical debut), it could really be successful.

  • I really want to see the Gershwins’ OF THEE I SING revived for the election year coming up! The musical’s conflation of politics and mass entertainment was incredibly prescient. To update it, you could make the presidential candidate a single WOMAN looking to find a husband to be her First Gentleman.

  • Ashlyn S says:

    I thought the slight update that the Lyric Opera did for their current production of Carousel was great. Instead of the 1870s it was more around 1930.

  • Luci Jo DeVoy says:

    Let’s update/rewrite Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. The whole story is a mess, but if it was re written to give the women some sort of opinion or say other than mad and in love. Modern audiences would like it. Make it something Ruth Bader Ginsburg would come see…. Anyone?

  • Jared says:

    I would love to see Sondheim’s “Anyone Can Whistle” revised so that the book better supports that fantastic score. I would maybe tone down some of the romantic elements in favor of increasing the criticism of the lies being fed to the public by those in power, although I wouldn’t fully eliminate the romance as that makes the story more relatable.

  • Candace says:

    I would remake “Hello Dolly” a la “The Millionaire Matchmaker” style! You could stunt cast some reality TV people and you woud have a huge hit with all the TV fans and Boradway audiences too!

  • Karl says:

    “Paint Your Wagon” could be updated to “Trick My Vehicle!”

  • Brian says:

    How about “The Act”? Would it work if the central character was a famous athlete and reality star who has undergone a transition to a woman and now wishes to celebrate the results?

  • My vote is for one of my all time favorites – My Favorite Year – a vehicle for Nathan Lane to sink his teeth into. Lots of chances to update and recreate television skits.

  • Joshua Jordan says:

    Once on this Island. An Interracial take on it would be modern and more dynamic to the story line. Originally it was just different shades of dark skin.

  • Grace Kling says:

    I think it’s time for an updated “My fair lady” in which someone like Jennifer Lawrence or Emma Stone with a Liam Neeson or Hugh Grant could headline an older show- and update it a bit. Pull a “Vanessa hudgens does Gigi”.

  • Sarah P. says:

    Oklahoma! is a pretty sexist classic that could use an update of some kind…personally I’d love a lesbian version (maybe Curly could be a dashing butch?), but that’s just me. 🙂

  • Jeremy Terry says:

    From what I hear, a revival may already be in the works, but I’ve always been a fan of the film version of “Hello, Dolly!” No stage version I’ve seen can quite compare to Barbra’s interpretation of Dolly Levi and the way she changed the world around her.

  • Antonio F says:

    I would say “once upon a mattress” I would think it could have more technology around to find a true princess. Like a new spy equipment to find a real princess!!(= “we have an opening for a princess”lala

  • Stephen Marmon says:

    Turn The Jazz Singer into a modern story. The father is an evangelist pastor in Brooklyn, the son leaves for a life of rap and ruin in Manhattan. But when the church falls on hard times the son returns, mixing gospel with today’s music to create a revolutionary new sound that fills the church and gives meaning to the young man’s life.

  • John says:

    Funny Girl never received the recognition it deserved while on Broadway (Thanks to the also incredible Hello Dolly…No, this does not diminish my love Carol Channing ). I think it’s time to bring it back, revise it, and cement it in Broadway history as one of our best musicals. How exactly? In my opinion, that’s the best part…I have no idea what potential there is, and I would be excited to find out!

  • Solange De Santis says:

    Update “Baker Street,” the 1960s musical about Sherlock Holmes that starred Fritz Weaver, for the digital “Sherlock” era.

  • I don’t think it needs revisal per se but I would love to see a new production of Mame set in renaissance Harlem starring Queen Latifah. I also thought that it would be interesting to sometimes use the set for the play Auntie Mame – sort of a repertory situation.

  • Eddie S. says:

    A My Name is Alice has a great score but a lot of it is dated. Update Sensitive New Age Guys and other songs with lyrics pertaining to today.


    Let’s take a good look at the Harold Rome stage version and see why after all these years, its never made it to Broadway.
    The London opening night story made it to NYC by the start of the next NYC business day. Noel Coward was in the audience. Right in the middle of the musical Burning of Atlanta Act One finale number, the live horse on stage took a huge dump downstage center. Sir Noel Coward turned to his date and whispered “They should take that little Bonnie Blue girl and shove her up that horse’s arse.” NYC was laughing in hysterics at the start of business the next morning.

  • Kathleen says:

    I would update Carousel. As much as I like the music I have never liked the story line. Particularly in today’s economic situation, people need to change jobs to support their families. Fathers have to be a good role model to both sons and daughters. I have always felt Julie is almost an aside, not a strong figure. She could be much stronger,a more modern woman. I would keep the soliloquy, a song I love if sung by the right actor. How many of us go to a clambake now? Ir would need to be a picnic or perhaps a sports game. rewriting the lyrics would determine what more modern universal activity would be staged. A theme park would be a better start than a carousel, perhaps a traveling circus. There would have to be a reason for Billy to be a rover. I would keep as much of the last scene as possible. That to me is the redeeming scene, the reason for the entire show. I would do any rewrite to make that the ultimate, seminal scene, the purpose for the show.

  • Sue Cohen says:

    Meet Me in St. Louis, with an interracial cast.

  • Brian Spector says:

    I’ve always said that I would love to see West Side Story based on a black-white or a Jew-Arab conflict. Seriously. Just think of the possibilities and potential worldwide press.

  • Allison M says:

    What if we did a reboot of The Lottery for modern times. Oh wait. Isn’t that Hunger Games?

  • ‘Oliver’. Update it such that Fagin’s gang of pickpockets become young, sleazy investment pro’s. Pattern Fagin after Bernie Madoff. ‘You’ve got to pick a Pocket or Two, boys. You’ve got to pick a pocket or two’ becomes something like ‘The books are something you’ve go to cook, boys. Be gourmet chefs with those books’.

  • Joseph Peter says:

    The Baker’s Wife — every rare time the show is done it seems to get better and better reviews. I would suggest Steven Schwartz could do quite a bit of tinkering to the book and score and most importantly cut it down in length. With a kickass director and the right talent, I think it would soar.

  • Stewart Eiss says:

    Not that there is anything wrong with the original but I would make the gangs more modern to represent today’s gangsters . The original sharks and jets are to nice and clean cut . Keep them as the sharks and jets but make them a gang you would be really afraid of . The music is so classic that you can’t change it unless you get a real expert who can revise some of the gangs musical numbers to make them also more gangster.

  • Brian says:

    Lucky Stiff

  • Doug says:

    HIGH SPIRITS has a great score and a book that needs trimming and tightening. I could see someone like Jayne Houdyshell as Mme Arcarti and Laura Benanti as the seductive Elvira.

  • Stephen Sweeney says:

    I’d like to see an updated Singing In The Rain. It’s one of my all time favorite movie musicals that I think needs a little updating for stage. Some new songs would be great too.

  • Brandon P says:

    I remember really loving some of the songs and characters in the Street Scene opera by Weill/Hughes/Rice. It’s basically Avenue Q without puppets.

  • Without a doubt Little Johnny Jones!

    Such a great, almost forgotten, oldie. Those tunes are timeless and the story could easily be updated for the current generations!

  • Nick M. says:


    Hear me out. It is super cliché I know. As little kid watching it I never saw any problem with it. However, When I grew up it always bothered me how the big happy ending was because Sandy changed for Danny. I think with the way things are today, (especially with the lacking portrayal of women on stage) It would be empowering to see Sandy stay truthful to herself, then have the happy ending stem off of that.

  • Cara says:

    I’m thinking ‘Fame’ or ‘Grease’ would be pretty cool set in the present.

  • Dan Radakovich says:

    Hmmn. Teahouse of the August Moon’s musical variant, Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen, should undoubtedly be revised, newer music would be needed and it would have to be de-gayed and demisogyniized [check out the truncated filmed video on YouTube], and Asian actors in Asian roles not dudes in yellowface, at least in the initial run. And be called just Teahouse the musical. I could do it and get the rights to do it, but the guy’s other novel was better. Re. a successful musical, i think Gershwins’ Girl Crazy to reflect the modern dating scene, possibly just rename it Sex Crazy and multigender the relationships might be a hit.

  • Kyrsten Louchen says:

    Company. The score by Sondheim is amazing but the book is dated. It should be revisited so that it can reflect today’s modern views on sexuality and marriage.

  • Francesca says:

    Breakfast at Tiffanys, a musical version- with the Moon River song, a new score. The movie is so classic that I bet it’d draw a great audience and there’s so much beauty in the New York setting that could be done.

  • Marshall says:

    DON’T do what they did with “White Christmas!” Egad! What a lousy book!

    I suggest using the movie version story of “Bye Bye Birdie” with the “Speed Up with Feed Up” plot line. Now that B’way technology has advanced, the movie book could be brought to the stage–it’s so much more satisfying than the original stage play. And it’d provide some additional laughs and topical humor with the Russian conductor.

    Saw the original-original with full orchestra a few years ago. Act II was just a yawner. What a shame for the great music of Charles Strouse and Lee Adams!

  • rita says:

    How to succeed in business without really trying with Donald trump

  • John Presutti says:

    A Chorus Line 2015 … the lives of all the characters would be so different if they were all born later in the century…. the songs could take on different meanings….. Like would The Red Shoes still be mentioned? A whole new perspective of young dancers born in the 90s ………

  • Jessie Kastenbaum says:

    I think MY FAIR LADY could use a revisal. It never quite made sense to me why Eliza went back to Higgins and I would like an update where either she doesn’t go back or she has a legitimate reason to go back. (I suppose there is technically a reason in the original, but it just doesn’t really make sense to me.)

  • Brandon M says:

    i think a revised Fiddler on the Roof would be fun. I know arranged marriages aren’t really a thing anymore, but it could be one daughter wants to marry a man of a different race and the othe daughter wants to marry a woman. These kind of issues relate to many households today.

  • David A.. says:

    The great musicals, of which number twenty-five or so, don’t need revisions. It’s best we keep our greasy, grimy paws off of those. As what makes us laugh, however changes, I might offer a revised funnier book to the 1930’s script to ANYTHING GOES. In it’s recent most splendid revival, the original jokes played flat and unfunny. Not their fault. Humor changes in 80 years or so. A current funny bones joke meister might add some zip to what is otherwise a classic comic plot. Movies like anything from the Marx brothers, or television like Lucy Ball are in a time capsule, and will forever be funny. Not so with LIVE theater. FORUM. LITTLE ME and CITY OF ANGELS needn’t fear. They are STILL plenty funny.

  • Alyssa Mandel says:

    I like the idea of setting west side story in 2015, i think it would still work

  • Lisa W. says:

    City of Angels — with the world of social media, and computers, the detective could be you-tube videos or a blog come to life, the writer could be a modern day mystery novelist.

  • copa says:

    I was reading a story about several musicals that “died” on their way to Broadway or had abbreviated runs. One seemed ripe for revising, HAPPINESS, Music by Scott Frankel, Lyrics by Michael Korie [re=]

  • Allison says:

    I wouldI’ve to see a show from the 90’s be revised. With the technology available today, you could easily take an older show to another level. My first thought was Titanic, but I have heard a revival is already in the works (so let’s just hope the revival is actually a revisal).

  • John Dallal says:

    Maybe a revival of ‘Die Dreigoschenoper’, or, as it’s known in English-‘Three Penny Opera’, which
    premiered in Berlin in 1928, and from which the song ‘Mack The Knife’ came from.
    It’s about the deadly Mackie Messer, or ‘Mack The Knife’, a cruel and sinister character, and his
    involvement in robberies, murder, and other crimes such as rape & arson. I think this show could
    be easily shifted to modern times and possible incorporated with a white-collar crime scene.

  • Noah P says:

    ANNIE set during our country’s most recent recession

  • Donald Sanborn III says:

    “The Harvey Girls,” ideally with Angela Lansbury (who played Judy Garland’s rival in the film) in the Marjorie Main role. Add some additional songs (preferably from the Johnny Mercer and/or Harry Warren catalogues) and–much as one hates to edit Johnny Mercer–find a way to lose the line “alas and alack, it’s a great big world.”

    (Extra credit: Cohan’s “Little Johnny Jones” with the horse jockey updated to be a cyclist and/or NASCAR driver!)

  • Sarah Safford says:

    I would love a revisal of Wonderful Town, a great story of young creative hopefuls trying to make it in our great city – still a relevant theme, updated with lots of gay and gender questioning characters on Christopher St!

  • Elisa Clayton says:

    I think an updated version of “Oklahoma” with a contemporary Country Music flare would be awesome! There are even some wonderful stars such as Kristin Chenoweth,
    Blake Shelton and so many more that are from Oklahoma that if cast would make an excellent live television broadcast. Anyone from NBC reading this?

  • Alexa Bishop says:

    Moulin Rouge. Could be a great musical, needs a better book so it’s more about the story than just great songs all over the place!

  • Elliot Halperin says:

    I think a revised version of Cradle Will Rock would be very cool.

  • Jon says:

    Camelot.. after all these years.. someone really does need to fix that ending….

  • Andrew Good says:

    West Side Story has much potential to be revised and updated. It is a great show regardless, but updating the populations the two sides represent would be very interesting.

    Even more interesting would be if the couple were a gay couple coming from two families that do not support the LGBTQ community, or having the two represent two families that support the LGBTQ community, but come from two different ethnic backgrounds. Having that as the base premise make me think of so many West Side Story scenes and characters that could be revised in such a unique and artistic way!

  • Brittany says:

    I would like to see A Chorus Line with more modern pop culture references and present-day costumes!

  • Jacob says:

    i think it would be interesting if GHOST were revised. It’s fairly new but the material of the film is very strong and could possibly work as a play or revise the musical.

  • Noa says:

    I would love to see a revival of The Secret Garden. You could do a similar twist to what Roundabout Theatre did with Into the Woods and use a smaller cast and more intimate space. Make the show about representation of places instead of huge set pieces. I think if someone took the time to plan this out they could make this show work beautifully in a smaller venue with a limited budget.

  • Megan S says:

    I think A Chorus Line would be a great one to revisit and revise! The characters are still relevant to today’s culture, but I think if they added some of the new challenges with social media, blogs, twitter, etc. it would make for an interesting adaptation that would spur people to really think about how tough and resilient you must be in any work field.

  • John P says:

    I would think Flower Drum Song would need some serious rewriting. Especially the book. Very, very dated.

  • Roar of The Greasepaint, Smell of The Crowd…it was one of the first plays I ever saw (I was 5 and my uncle was doing it at his high school). I’ve always loved the music and the oddness of it, but it is so very British and 60’s and yet not Austin Powers enough to appeal to modern audiences. Tweak the script, maybe switch up the racial element — there are alas always multiple types of downtrodden to choose from. Pick one to be victorious. Show everyone the show that launched “Feeling Good”.

  • fran says:

    Actually, 2 shows I’d like to see reworked:
    Lestat. It wasn’t as bad as the reviews, with good music. The book opens in the countryside and stays there way too long. They should have moved the book forward to Lestat’s entrance in Paris, a newly made vampire and then tweaked the book some more.
    The Pirate Queen. It was staged like an mtv video. Opening fight on the pirate ship: loud chord, lightening. Another loud chord, a sword pierces the air, another chord … I was guessing all the staging, it was so predictable and this was the opening number! The second act, which dealt with the history of the pirate queen and the English court was wonderful, but I don’t think many were still awake to enjoy it. It’s a fascinating story and deserves a better production.

  • Clarissa says:

    I heard that COMPANY was being revised for a gay Bobby, as well as include LGBTQ couples. I’m sure that would be interesting! Not every show is ever really “finished” so these revisals are interesting to bring new light to classic pieces… like GIGI and SIDE SHOW…

  • Bobbi Smith says:

    One of my favorite musicals of all is “City of Angels”. You would have to put it in more modern times, but the idea of it would still work in today’s world.

  • Matthew Turkle says:

    “She Loves Me” I think needs an updated script. It can be a little dated here and there, and I think it would help get more people in seats. Perhaps e-mail and texting between Georg and Amalia? Is it too late for next year’s revival?

  • Ethan says:

    FORUM has some great songs and hilarious moments, but needs some revisions to play better with modern audiences, both in terms of sexist and sexual sensibilities. The new GIGI manages this pretty well, as it also deals with courtesans. It’s a shame the slated James Corden revival can’t happen given his TV commitments, but maybe with another actor and a good writer doing the revisal, this would have promise.

  • Jeryl M. says:

    The Most Happy Fella. Make it an internet love affair instead of a mail order love affair.

  • I’d love to see Gigi – I’ve seen enough interviews and previews to see what a lovely mature actress Ms. Hudgens is becoming. I’d love to see a “revisal” of both Company and Gypsy – two of my favorite classic musicals – or for a real creative challenge, My Fair Lady but featuring a girl from Manhattan, Kansas getting “updated and urban” in Manhattan, NY. (How kind of you to let me come – ay, fuggedaboudit!)

  • Queerbec says:

    I’ve always enjoyed and appreciated the film “It’s Always Fair Weather” but to adapt it to the stage would require making some updates, including the possibility of a slightly happier, but still believable, ending. Perhaps a more active role for the ad man’s wife, who’s been trying to get him out of his ennui with the pace and crush of the ad game, and who perhaps may be willing to give him a second chance, etc., and even the short order cook’s wife (who has accompanied him to the reunion). They could keep the time frame mid-50’s or move it post-Vietnam and update the score somewhat.

  • Scott says:

    NICK AND NORA. Fantastic source material with a charming cast that was derailed by a careening, muddled book, and a weak score. Is it still a “revisal” if you jettison everything and just start over?? I’d like to see Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman take a crack at the score; Shaiman has done some brilliant 30’s style scoring for film projects. It needs to be a mystery, so the ever-so clever Rupert Holmes comes to mind, but it would be wonderful to see a book by a new writer. And I’d give directing to Tommy Tune. No one does high-style better. The thought of that just makes me smile…I’d order tickets today!

  • Katrina says:

    I would like to see a contemporary version of My Fair Lady. Street urchin ala 2009 gets transformed into a “respectable” young lady by English professor who is reminded of his meager beginnings when he meets her and wants to pay it forward.

  • peg caruso says:

    Guys and Dolls. Pretty much Sit Down and re-do the rest!

  • Aaron Deitsch says:

    An update of Anything Goes would have a much longer list of things that “go” these days

  • Andrew says:

    How about No No Nanette? It’s very nostalgic but has some modern themes. I.e “you can dance with any girl at all.” You’d have to condense it into 2 acts instead of 3 and beef up the love story with Nanette and Tom. I saw Beth Leavel as Lucille at Encores and she was magnificent, she would have to reprise her role. I’d also love to see Lillas White as Pauline.

  • Randi says:

    “My Friend Irma” from 1949 and it can be about the girl/internet meme who says “erma gerrrd!”

  • Christa deSanti says:

    ‘They’re Playing Our Song’ was one of my favorite shows. I would love to see someone shake out the cobwebs and bring it back to Broadway. Maybe have the show flesh out more of Marvin’s life, similar to ‘Beautiful’.

  • Rick Shulman says:

    How about “I Love My Wife” by bringing it into the internet age.

  • Phillip L. says:

    It’s pretty obvious that West Side Story which is already a reworking of Romeo and Juliet, could have as modern rivals, Jews and Palestinians, or Democrats and Republicans. Actually, It Shoulda Been You sounds like a reworking already.

  • Christina Han says:

    I know this was just recently redone but Side Show could have been done to appeal a younger audience. Maybe if the conjoined twins wanted to be the next contestant on the voice and at the end, murder everyone out of anger of betrayal. No?

  • Alex says:

    I’d love to see a re-worked revival of “Fiorello”…there is so much beautiful material there, it just gets lost in the book….if they tighten the book, flesh out some of the female characters and re-write the hacks I think this could be a terrific production.

  • Roger Rifkin says:

    I would love to see a revisal of DEAR WORLD. I think it would be far more effective if it were done in a more intimate manner. I believe that was Jerry Herman’s original intention. Those group numbers do not need to be done in such a big, bombastic way. I would love to see it done along the lines of your beautiful show, THE VISIT. Maybe you should produce it!

  • Lana says:

    I would love to see “Grease” revised to today’s standards. “Grease” was my favorite movie of all time.

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