Ezra Knight replaces Kingsley Leggs in Pretty Woman: The Musical on Broadway

Pretty Woman: The Musical begins performances at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre on July 20, 2018.

Ezra Knight

Producers of Pretty Woman: The Musical have announced that Broadway alum Ezra Knight has replaced Kingsley Leggs and will play the role of James Morse in the cast of the Broadway premiere. Mr. Leggs has exited the production due to personal reasons and is expecting to return in September. Mr. Knight's previous Broadway credits include Festen anmd the 2007 revival of Cymbeline

The principal cast of Pretty Woman: The Musical includes 3-time Tony Award nominee & Olivier Award winner Andy Karl, who, as previously reported, replaced Tony & Grammy Award winner Steve Kazee in the male leading role of Edward Lewis, as well as Samantha Barks (as Vivian Ward), Tony Award nominee Orfeh (as Kit De Luca), Jason Danieley (as Phillip Stuckey), and Eric Anderson (as Mr. Thompson).

The Broadway premiere is set to officially open at the Nederlander Theatre on August 16, 2018, following previews from July 20.

Directed and choreographed by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell, Pretty Woman: The Musical features original music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner Bryan Adams and his longtime songwriting partner Jim Vallance, and a book by Garry Marshall and J.F. Lawton, the director and screenwriter, respectively, of the original movie.

Synopsis: "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 is guaranteed to lift your spirits and light up your heart."

The creative team features music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Will Van Dyke, scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Kenneth Posner & Philip S. Rosenberg, sound design by John Shivers, and hair design by Josh Marquette.

Pretty Woman: The Musical is produced on Broadway by Paula Wagner, Nice Productions, LPO, New Regency Productions, Roy Furman, James L. Nederlander, Caiola Productions, Hunter Arnold, Stage Entertainment and The John Gore Organization.

The world premiere of Pretty Woman: The Musical was staged at Chicago's Oriental Theatre from March 13 through to April 15, 2018.

Pretty Woman: The Musical Tickets are available now for performances from July 20, 2018 through to March 10, 2019.

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