February 8 - 12
A thoroughly original retelling of Mark Twain’s classic novel about friendship, freedom, and the untamed Mississippi, Big River was a musical underdog as scrappy and restless as Huckleberry Finn himself. The show was created in the age of British spectacles by a quintessentially American artist—the beloved country-western singer Roger Miller—and his Tony Award-winning score is a scintillating blend of bluegrass, gospel, and honky tonk. More than thirty years later, Big River remains an affecting journey through 1840s America in all its beauty and savagery. This February, join Encores! for the ride.
The wonderful harmonies of “You Oughta Be Here With Me” by Lauren Worsham, Gizel Jimenez, and Megan Masako Haley are soul enriching. Times Square Chronicles
Encores! Big River video highlights.
Starring as Clara, Gizel together with UNIVERSES made their Public Theater debut with an explosive new work about the complicated legacies of the original Black Panther Party and the Young Lords Org/Party. Developed and Directed by Liesl Tommy (Eclipsed, The Urban Retreat).
Gizel starred as Anna in Disney's “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion,” the new musical adaptation based on blockbuster animated film of the same name. The show is playing at California Adventure's Hyperion Theater, the 1,873-seat venue that was home of "Disney's Aladdin -- A Musical Spectacular" for 13 years.
The Standard is a popular international clothing company known for their risqué billboards of nearly-naked models. It is during Malina’s time there as a store manager that she faces harassment and assault. She is desperate to press charges, but her CEO boss, Ira, paints a picture of an opportunistic young girl he practically had to fight off. In a sexually-charged industry - what is ethical? What is the truth? And who is really getting hurt? You decide.
Gizel Jimenez is a graduate of New World School of Miami, FL receiving a BFA in Musical Theater.
Other credits include: Paramount Theater Benefit (Carmen’s Habanera), Barclays Center (National Anthem), Will Spark’s Music video for Ultra productions (Salsa Dancer) and a Commercial with comedian Nick Kroll for Comedy Central and Funny or Die productions.