Writers: Alan Jay Lerner Frederick Loewe Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette


Show Information

Based On Book By
Based on the Play/Book/Film
Based on the book/film
Number of Acts
First Produced
Comedy, Romance
Period, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
1900s, paris, france
Cast Size
Orchestra Size
Some Dance
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, High School, Large Cast, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Star Vehicle Female, Star Vehicle Male
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes mature adult, young adult, adult, late teen, child, early teen characters


Gigi, a colorful and sophisticated tale with a sentimental heart, takes place in the ornate, elegant Paris of the 1900s -- when gentlemen of leisure strolled the verdant boulevards, and working girls in the oldest profession attained social heights as elegant courtesans, cultured ladies of some standing who served as public mistresses to lucky, wealthy men. Bright, appealing young Gigi, still a rambunctious girl-child, is being raised by her loving grandmother, Madame Alvarez, and her stern Aunt Alicia, the former flame of numerous royalty, to follow in their path. Gigi finds her lessons in deportment tedious, and would rather skip class and play at cards with Gaston Lachailles, an indolent and wealthy young visitor to her home. Gaston’s uncle, Honore, himself a former lover of Madame Alvarez, is trying to interest his nephew in the dissipated life: parties, girls, roulette, and more girls are the things that make life worth living! But Gaston is only happy in the humble Alvarez abode, clowning around with the girl he thinks of as his little sister. When Gigi blossoms into a beautiful young woman, both she and Gaston will have to confront the reality of their feelings for each other, and Gigi, fighting for her happiness, will have to convince her loved ones to look beyond the usual business arrangement. Filled with such beloved Lerner and Loewe compositions as the effervescent “The Night They Invented Champagne,” the sweepingly romantic “Gigi,” and the wry, nostalgic “I Remember It Well,” not to mention the classic “Thank Heaven for Little Girls,” Gigi is scandalous and sweet, a romantic story of puppy love, and a look at the business realities of life.

Lead Characters

Gigi guide sections