‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ is coming to Broadway next year


I guess since Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber haven’t been working, it’s up to Broadway to mine even more popular movies to bring to the stage. We’ve seen musical adaptations of so many movies, including The Bodyguard, Dirty Dancing, Footloose, School of Rock and pretty much every Disney flick. With the eagerly anticipated Mean Girls arriving on the Great White Way in the Spring of 2018, we can now add another beloved movie to the list.

Deadline reports that a stage musical based on the 1990 movie that made Julia Roberts a star, the hooker with a heart of gold romantic comedy Pretty Woman, is on the way. The production, which the original film’s writer and director, Garry Marshall, was woking on prior to his death last year, features original music from Canadian rocker Bryan Adams. Samantha Barks, who played Eponine in the 2012 film version of Les Misérables (I guess this goes both ways, huh?) will don the blond wig and stiletto boots to take over Julia’s role as lady of the evening Vivian. Steve Kazee, a Tony winner for another film-to-musical, Once, takes on the Richard Gere role.

Announcing the project, producer Paula Wagner enthused “Our director Jerry Mitchell has expanded the narrative and storytelling of this acclaimed romantic comedy. He brings his unique perspective to the story which illuminates the characters and provides a new and satisfying emotional resonance.” Mitchell won Tonys for choreography for both La Cage Aux Folles and Kinky Boots (two more movie-to-stage adaptations that I actually love), so my interest level has piqued a bit.

The show will have a five-week tryout in Chicago starting in March of 2018 before arriving on Broadway in the fall.

I don’t know how to feel about this. I wasn’t a huge fan of the original movie, but I will admit that Bryan Adams is a somewhat guilty pleasure. I am just crossing my fingers that they will have a show-stopping number set in a Rodeo Drive boutique called “It’s Very Expensive.” And, if you do find yourself in the Big Apple next spring and want to see a musical about a woman who undergoes a glamorous transformation, you might be better served to see the revival of My Fair Lady which arrives next year as well. Just saying.

Interlude in Prague World premiere

Eclipsed Opening Night Arrivals

Magic at the Musicals - Arrivals

Photos: WENN.com

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  1. Nicole says:

    Not sure I’ll see either of these revivals next year. Broadway is crowded and I’m so careful about choosing what show to see. Dream girls is also supposed to move from West End next year as well. Lots of revivals coming to Bway.

  2. Mara says:

    Ok, so they will turn anything into a musical – at least School.of Rock and Dirty Dancing have music numbers in them

  3. MeAnnandEddiesEpicLoveStoryIsAHoax says:

    I must admit I love this movie but it also made me uneasy as well.

    Prostitute turns good girl via a rich mans patronage? It breaks every single freaking rule in the feminist handbook!

  4. Embers C says:

    Nostalgia out of control. The original was over-rated as a film, and is hugely problematic. This tendency to recycle warmed-over 80/90s franchises and extract every drop of blood from them is getting wearisome…

  5. Giulia says:

    It was a slick movie and I thought it was just ok. I guess the musical will follow the illustrious tradition of fantasy prostitute shows like Irma la Douce and Sweet Charity.

  6. magnoliarose says:

    I am not into it at all. I didn’t get the hype about the movie and am uninterested in glamorizing prostitution. It would be more believable if she were a high-end hooker. Some really have gone on to become celebrities and stars or marry wealthy men but the woman on the corner is usually desperate and abused with a pimp who treats them like dirt.
    There are so many things wrong with this that I can’t be bothered. I would rather watch the documentary I saw about women who survived being on the corner and went on to reclaim their lives and become amazing women with boatloads of courage. They saved themselves without a man as a hero.

    Yeah, I am a party pooper, but human trafficking isn’t romantic.

  7. Dana says:

    That top picture of Julia Roberts & Gere is (unfortunately) kind of startling in 2017.

    If it had been released today, they definitely would have airbrushed out the hair on Julia’s forearms and photoshopped her arm to appear thinner.

  8. Lucy2 says:

    I think La Cage aux Folles was originally a play before a movie.
    I don’t really have any interest in this, and I’m not sure how well it’s going to be received.
    Can you imagine the original movie now? One of his rich friends will probably find her Facebook page in moments, and everyone would instantly know she was a prostitute.

  9. MellyMel says:

    Definitely want to see this! Pretty Woman is one of my favorite movies. It probably wouldn’t be a hit or even made nowadays, but I still love it. And I really like Steve Kazee. I’ve had a crush on him since he was on Shameless.

  10. Tig says:

    I love her voice, so hope she’s given decent songs to sing! Wish CB had more B’way posts other than recounting the Tonys.

  11. Chaine says:

    Yuck. Does anyone need this now? In real life, she would be a toothless meth or heroin addict with hepatitis and he would be a balding, paunchy Republican county commissioner who is a deacon in his Southern Baptist church.