Pretty Woman: The Musical

Pretty Woman: The Musical

Welcome to Rodeo Drive! Tickets are on sale now to see Pretty Woman: The Musical at the Nederlander Theatre on Broadway.

The cast features rising star of stage & screen Samantha Barks and three-time Tony Award nominee & Olivier Award winner Andy Karl, who take on the iconic roles of Vivian and Edward, made famous in the hit 1990 movie by Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, of course. The musical adaptation not only features a book by the late great Garry Marshall (who directed the movie) and J.F. Lawton (who wrote the screenplay), but it also boasts original music by Grammy Award-winning superstar Bryan Adams, along with his longtime songwriting partner Jim Vallance.

90's nostalgia is running wild at the Nederlander Theatre and if you're a die-hard fan of this musical's celebrated source material, you'll be pleased to hear that this stage adaptation has stayed clear of messing with the sacred. Even many of the classic Julia Roberts outfits are given identical (or at least strikingly similar) replicas, worn with gusto by Samantha Barks, and those iconic (cinematic) moments are reborn to the delight of the audience at each performance. From the playful snapping shut of the jewelry box to the delivery of the "Big mistake! Big! Huge!" line, there is an unmistakable electricity in the auditorium, whenever a shared moment of recognition brings the entire audience together as one. But this is live theatre, after all, and not cinema, and in director Jerry Mitchell's slick production, the theatricality comes in the form of our special guide through this Los Angeles love story. "Welcome to Hollywood" sings our Happy Man from the getgo and we are reassured we're in safe hands. Not only does he pop up sporadically throughout the performance but also (with a knowing wink to the audience) slips into the roles of the hotel manager Mr. Thompson (as well as a jazz pianist and opera conductor to boot). As a theatrical device, he is the conscience of the piece and our welcomed companion.

Andy Karl does a sublime job of bringing an empathetic quality to the potentially unlikeable character of Edward and, as the musical progresses, we discover that it is Edward's journey of self-discovery that holds the most weight. This is not merely a rags-to-riches tale of a Hollywood Boulevard sex worker, but of two human beings that rescue each other in more ways than one. Edward's business-centric mind, devoid of emotional connection and suffocating with isolation, undergoes the transformation, whereas Vivian's arc is ultimately more circumstancial.

Samantha Barks is perfect casting as our Pretty Woman, beautifully balancing toughness with vulnerability, and her vocals are crystal clear and soaring in anthemic numbers such as "I Can't Go Back". In addition, Orfeh also rousingly shows off her belting skills as Vivian's best friend, Kit De Luca, and visibly relishes her scene-stealing performance.

And then there's the infectious score by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance that boasts more than its fair share of infectious soft-rock melodies. The lyrics are simplistic without pretence, but it is the music that grasps you tightly, lets go, and strengthen its grip with the reprises. Vivian's theme "Anywhere but Here" and Edward's theme "Freedom" are prime examples.

Prior to Broadway, Pretty Woman: The Musical staged its world premiere at Chicago's Oriental Theatre for a limited 5-week engagement in the spring of 2018. Now, Broadway audiences are being asked the question: "What's Your Dream?" Maybe yours could come true with this theatrical trip to Hollywood... Once upon a Time in the 1980s... 

(Header Photo by Andrew Eccles / Production Photos by Matthew Murphy)

Running time: 
2hrs 25mins (including 1 intermission)
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About Pretty Woman: The Musical:

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.

Andy Karl
Andy Karl
as Edward Lewis

until 9 Jun 2019

Samantha Barks
Samantha Barks
as Vivian Ward

until 9 Jun 2019

Garry Marshall & J.F. Lawton
Paula Wagner, Nice Productions, LPO, New Regency Productions, Roy Furman, James L. Nederlander, Caiola Productions, Hunter Arnold, Stage Entertainment and The John Gore Organization
Jerry Mitchell
Songs by:
Bryan Adams & Jim Vallance
Kenneth Posner & Philip S. Rosenberg
John Shivers
David Rockwell
Jerry Mitchell
Gregg Barnes
Cast list:
Samantha Barks (as Vivian Ward), Andy Karl (as Edward Lewis), Orfeh (as Kit De Luca), Jason Danieley (as Phillip Stuckey), Eric Anderson (as Mr. Thompson), and Ezra Knight (as James Morse)
Other info:
Music Supervision, Arrangements and Orchestrations by Will Van Dyke, Hair Design by Josh Marquette
Pretty Woman: The Musical Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
July 20, 2018
Opening date: 
August 16, 2018
Booking to: 
June 9, 2019

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

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Nederlander Theatre

208 West 41st Street (between 7th and 8th Avenue), New York, NY 10036
Nearest subway station:
Times Square - 42nd Street station

Latest Pretty Woman: The Musical News & Features

Interview with Pretty Woman star Orfeh
December 12, 2018

We catch up with the Tony Award nominee who continues to steal the show at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre...

Samantha Barks & Andy Karl in Pretty Woman: The Musical
Official Broadway production photos of Pretty Woman: The Musical released
August 13, 2018

Producers of the Broadway premiere of Pretty Woman: The Musical, which began previews at the Nederlander Theatre on July 20, 2018 and is set to officially open this week, on August 16, have now released official production photos of the show.

Samantha Barks
Pretty Woman: The Musical begins performances on Broadway
July 20, 2018

Welcome to Rodeo Drive! The Broadway premiere of Pretty Woman: The Musical begins previews at the Nederlander Theatre tonight, ahead of an official opening on August 16, 2018. 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.

Ezra Knight
Ezra Knight replaces Kingsley Leggs in Pretty Woman: The Musical on Broadway
July 11, 2018

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. 

Our Review

Pretty Woman, the 1990 film that married the story of Pygmalion to the annoying trope of the 'hooker with a heart of gold,' has found its way to Broadway in a musical that aims high but falls short of the mark. Burdened by a lackluster score by Bryan Adams, whose style is more suited to country/pop than the stage, Pretty Woman: The Musical is what you get when bad music happens to good singers... Read more