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The Eisenhower Theater seats 1,100, and is the smallest of the theaters on the Center's main level. It primarily hosts plays and musicals, operas, ballet and contemporary dance. Its namesake, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, signed into law the National Cultural Center Act in 1958, the first time in history that our government backed and helped finance a structure dedicated to the performing arts. The theater contains an orchestra pit for 40 musicians that is convertible to a forestage or additional seating space. The walls are of East Indian laurel wood. The red and black stage curtain of hand-woven wool is a gift from the people of Canada.

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Gigi

Description:

Set in the magical world of La Belle Epoque Paris--where fashion, glamour, and passion prevail--Lerner and Loewe's celebrated musical is a romantic comedy about one young woman's journey to find her true self... and her true love.  

Starring Vanessa Hudgens as Gigi, this Tony and Academy Award-winning musical features glorious songs such as "Thank Heaven for Little Girls," "I Remember It Well" and "The Night They Invented Champagne." Following its run at the Kennedy Center, this glistening, re-imagined production by Call the Midwife‘s Heidi Thomas and Follies director Eric Schaeffer will bring Gigi back to Broadway for the first time in 40 years! 

This highly anticipated, limited premiere engagement also features Tony Award winner Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza) as Mamita Alvarez, three-time Tony nominee Dee Hoty (Footloose) as Aunt Alicia, two-time Tony nominee Howard McGillin (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Anything Goes, The Phantom of the Opera) as Honore Lachaille, Corey Cott (Newsies) as Gaston Lachaille, and Steffanie Leigh (Mary Poppins) as Liane d'Exelmans.

"I can't imagine a better place to premiere this re-imagined production of Gigi than Washington. This city, designed by French-born architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant, is a perfect match for this wonderful show."
--Eric Schaeffer, director

Recommended for age 10 and up.