Pretty Woman: The Musical

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Pretty Woman
The Musical
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Broadway Playbill
Music Bryan Adams
Jim Vallance
Lyrics Bryan Adams
Jim Vallance
Book Garry Marshall
J. F. Lawton
Basis Pretty Woman
by J. F. Lawton
Premiere March 13, 2018 (2018-03-13): Oriental Theatre, Chicago
Productions 2018 Chicago
2018 Broadway

Pretty Woman: The Musical is a musical with music and lyrics by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, and a book by Garry Marshall and J. F. Lawton. The musical is based on the 1990 film of the same name written by Lawton. It centers around a down-on-her-luck Hollywood prostitute Vivian Ward, who is hired by Edward Lewis, a wealthy businessman, to be his escort for several business and social functions, and their developing relationship over the course of her week-long stay with him.

The original production of Pretty Woman premiered at the Oriental Theatre, Chicago in March 2018, with direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell, and starring Samantha Barks and Steve Kazee, as Vivian and Edward. It made its Broadway debut at the Nederlander Theatre on August 16, 2018, where it had begun previews on July 20, 2018.[1]

Background[edit]

The musical is based on the 1990 film Pretty Woman.[2] The film was produced on a budget of just $14 million,[3] earning over $463 million in global box office receipts.[4] Written by J. F. Lawton, and directed by Garry Marshall, the film centers around a down-on-her-luck Hollywood prostitute Vivian Ward, who is hired by Edward Lewis, a wealthy businessman, to be his escort for several business and social functions, and their developing relationship over the course of her week-long stay with him.[5]

In March 2014, it was announced that a musical adaption of the film was being developed for the stage, with original screenwriter Lawton and director Marshall attached to write the book.[6] The following year Marshall revealed that rights had been secured.[7] Although Marshall passed away in July 2016,[8] producer Paula Wagner said that work on the musical would continue. "I know he would have wanted us to continue on and therefore we will bring this story to Broadway."[9] On September 26, 2017, the musical was officially confirmed, and it was announced that the show would receive its world premiere at the Oriental Theatre, Chicago, before an expected Broadway transfer in fall 2018.[4]

In an interview, director Jerry Mitchell said that the score "will have the feel of late ’80s-early ’90s rock: That’s one of the great things about Bryan Adams—it’s where he lives. So you’ve got the rock and roll stuff, the up-tempos."[10]

Productions[edit]

Pretty Woman: The Musical made its world premiere at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago, Illinois on March 13, 2018,[11] for a limited five week run until April 15.[12] Following its initial run it transferred to Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre beginning previews on July 20, 2018[13] before the official opening on August 16, 2018.[1] Cast for both the Chicago and Broadway productions features Samantha Barks, in her Broadway debut as Vivian,[14] Steve Kazee as Edward,[15] Orfeh as Kit, Jason Danieley as Philip Stuckey, Eric Anderson as Mr. Thompson and Kingsley Leggs as James Morse.[16] Kazee left the show after the Chicago engagement due to "family reasons" and was replaced by Andy Karl.[17] During previews on August 2, a performance was dedicated to the late Garry Marshall[18] and was attended by his family and original Vivian Julia Roberts.[19] A seat in the Nederlander Theatre was dedicated in his honour.[20] The musical broke the Nederlander Theatre box office record for an eight-performance week before its official opening August 16 with a gross of $1,142,989 (83.72% percent of its potential).[21]

The musical has a book by Garry Marshall and J. F. Lawton,[22] with direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell,[23] set design by David Rockwell,[24] costume design by Gregg Barnes,[25] and lighting design by Kenneth Posner and Philip S. Rosenberg.[26]

Music[edit]

Pretty Woman features an original score, with music and lyrics by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance,[27] sound design by John Shivers[28] and orchestrations by Will Van Dyke.[28]. The musical uses a nine-member orchestra consisting of keyboards, guitars, bass, drums, violin, viola, and cello.[29] The Broadway cast recording for the musical will be available from Atlantic Records digitally from September 21 2018. Physical CDs of the cast album will go on sale on October 26 2018. [30]

Musical numbers[edit]

Broadway[edit]

The musical numbers from the 2018 Broadway production are as follows:

Chicago[edit]

The musical numbers from the 2018 Chicago out-of-town production are as follows:

Cast[edit]

Character Chicago (2018)[12] Broadway (2018)
Vivian Ward Samantha Barks
Edward Lewis Steve Kazee Andy Karl
Kit De Luca Orfeh
Happy Man
Barney Thompson
Eric Anderson
Philip Stuckey Jason Danieley
James Morse Kingsley Leggs Ezra Knight
Violetta Allison Blackwell
Giulio Tommy Bracco
Alfredo Brian Calì
David Morse Robby Clater
Scarlett Anna Eilinsfeld
Rachel Jennifer Sanchez

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Clement, Olivia. " 'Pretty Woman' Musical Finds Its Broadway Home, Sets Summer 2018 Opening" Playbill, November 21, 2017
  2. ^ "'Pretty Woman' Is Coming to Broadway". wsj.com. The Wall Street Journal. 26 September 2017. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  3. ^ Pretty Woman: 15th anniversary (DVD). Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Touchstone. 2005.
  4. ^ a b "'Pretty Woman' as a Broadway Musical? Get Ready". nytimes.com. New York Times. 26 September 2017. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  5. ^ "'Pretty Woman': THR's 1990 Review". hollywoodreporter.com. The Hollywood Reporter. 23 March 2017. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  6. ^ "'Pretty Woman' heading to Broadway as a musical". nypost.com. New York Post. 12 March 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Director Garry Marshall Speaks Out About Pretty Woman Musical". people.com. People. 24 March 2015. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Pretty Woman director Garry Marshall dies". telegraph.co.uk. The Telegraph. 20 July 2016. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  9. ^ Viagas, Robert. "Garry Marshall's Death Will Not Halt 'Pretty Woman' Musical", Playbill, July 20, 2016.
  10. ^ Gans, Andrew. " 'Pretty Woman' Musical, Directed by Jerry Mitchell, Aiming for Broadway in 2018–2019 Season", Playbill, May 25, 2017.
  11. ^ "Broadway-Bound Pretty Woman Musical Begins in Chicago". playbill.com. Playbill. 13 March 2018. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  12. ^ a b "'Pretty Woman The Musical' opens in Chicago: Who needs Julia Roberts?". chicagotribune.com. Chicago Tribune. 29 March 2018. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Pretty Woman: The Musical Begins Previews on Broadway July 20". playbill.com. Playbill. 20 July 2018. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  14. ^ "Samantha Barks to be Broadway's Pretty Woman". bbc.co.uk/news. BBC News. 26 September 2017. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  15. ^ McPhee, Ryan. "Jason Danieley Joins Broadway-Bound 'Pretty Woman' Musical" Playbill, October 6, 2017
  16. ^ Clement, Olivia. " 'Pretty Woman' Musical Finds Its Broadway Home, Sets Summer 2018 Opening" Playbill, November 22, 2017
  17. ^ "Andy Karl Joins Cast of 'Pretty Woman' Musical". nytimes.com. New York Times. 23 May 2018. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  18. ^ "See Julia Roberts, Jerry Mitchell, and More Honor Garry Marshall at Pretty Woman". playbill.com. Playbill. 3 August 2018. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  19. ^ "Julia Roberts Catches Broadway's Pretty Woman: The Musical to Honor Director Garry Marshall". people.com. People. 3 August 2018. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  20. ^ "Julia Roberts Shows Up to 'Pretty Woman: The Musical' to Pay Tribute to Late Director Garry Marshall". etonline.com. Entertainment Online. 3 August 2018. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  21. ^ "Grosses Analysis: Pretty Woman Breaks Box Office Record Before Opening". playbill.com. Playbill. 13 August 2018. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  22. ^ "'Pretty Woman' musical will have pre-Broadway tryout in Chicago". chicagotribune.com. Chicago Tribune. 25 September 2017. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  23. ^ "'Pretty Woman' Musical Sets Broadway Path With Bryan Adams, Garry Marshall". variety.com. Variety. 25 September 2017. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  24. ^ "A Pretty Woman Musical Is Headed to Broadway and It'll Be Big. Huge". vanityfair.com. Vanity Fair. 26 September 2017. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  25. ^ "Finding the Look for Pretty Woman On Broadway". playbill.com. Playbill. 8 July 2018. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  26. ^ "What to Expect From the Broadway-Bound Pretty Woman Musical". playbill.com. Playbill. 22 January 2018. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  27. ^ "Watch Bryan Adams Perform Song From 'Pretty Woman: The Musical'". rollingstone.com. Rolling Stone. 18 June 2018. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  28. ^ a b "Samantha Barks and Andy Karl on What Pretty Woman Is Really About". playbill.com. Playbill. 20 July 2018. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  29. ^ a b c "Pretty Woman: The Musical - Opening Night at the Nederlander Theatre". playbill.com. Playbill. 16 August 2018. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  30. ^ "Pretty Woman: The Musical Cast Recording Sets September Release Date". playbill.com. Playbill. 10 August 2018. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  31. ^ a b "Pretty Woman Songs". ibdb.com. Internet Broadway Database. 16 August 2018. Retrieved 26 August 2018.

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