New in 2018 A new musical based on the beloved 1990 romantic comedy about a businessman who unexpectedly falls for a down-on-her-luck Hollywood call girl after hiring her as an escort.
From the producers: Vivian and Edward are unlikely soulmates who overcome all odds to find each other… and themselves. Experience the moments you love from the movie - and get to know these iconic characters in a whole new way - in this dazzlingly theatrical take on a love story for the ages. Brought to life by a powerhouse creative team representing the best of music, Hollywood and Broadway, "Pretty Woman: The Musical" will light up your heart.
Originally intended to be a dark cautionary tale about class and sex work in Los Angeles, the 1990 film "Pretty Woman" was reconceived as a romantic comedy with a large budget. It was widely successful at the box office and became one of the highest-grossing films of 1990. The film saw the highest number of ticket sales in the U.S. ever for a romantic comedy. Julia Roberts received a Golden Globe Award and a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance as Vivian Ward.
Bringing Julia Roberts’ character to life, the lovable sex worker Vivian, will be Samantha Barks (the film version of "Les Misérables"). Barks will star alongside Three-time Tony Award nominee and Olivier Award winner Andy Karl ("Groundhog Day," "Rocky") as Edward, the businessman who unexpectedly falls for Vivian after hiring her as an escort—played by Richard Gere in the film. The production will be directed and choreographed by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell ("On Your Feet," "Kinky Boots").
With anything mature or sensual systematically removed, "Pretty Woman: The Musical" goes all-in on fantasy, casting two sizzling talents as bland, pretty people singing pretty tunes with nothing much at stake. Stubbornly inconsequential, it's a morally uplifting fairy tale of which everyone, young and old alike, can be skeptical. Director-choreographer Mitchell and team toss a decided gloss over this G-rated version of Hollywood nights. Though the lyrics teem with cliche, the cast gives its all to sell them.
If you absolutely adore the film, director Mitchell has put together a show that will feel instantly familiar. And yet, "Pretty Woman" doesn't quite work as a musical. There are a couple of numbers that work well enough...but overall, the songs feel uninspired, a little cheesy, and lifeless. The lyrics can be downright lazy. There's pleasure to be had at "Pretty Woman," to be sure. But it's the pleasure of familiarity, not novelty.