Pre-Broadway tryout: ‘Pretty Woman’


'Pretty Woman' musical will have pre-Broadway tryout in Chicago



Chicago’s next pre-Broadway tryout: “Pretty Woman: The Musical,” a new show based on the 27-year-old Julia Roberts-and-Richard Gere romantic comedy about a Sunset Boulevard prostitute who falls in love with an handsome corporate raider.

With a book by the late Garry Marshall (who directed the film) with J.F. Lawton (who wrote the screenplay), the long-in-gestation show features music and lyrics by the Canadian team of singer-songwriter Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance.

Adams’ many ballad-like hits include the chart-topper “(Everything I Do) I Do it For You.”

Samantha Barks, the actress who played Eponine in the movie version of “Les Miserables,” will play the role that rocketed the career of a 23-year old Julia Roberts. Steve Kazee (“Once”) will play the part famously associated with Richard Gere. Jerry Mitchell (“Legally Blonde,” “Kinky Boots”) will choreograph and direct.

With formidable title recognition (the film not only grossed nearly $500 million worldwide but re-invigorated a somnolent genre) and clear appeal to Broadway’s most enthusiastic demographic, “Pretty Woman: The Musical” will first walk the streets of Chicago for five weeks, from March 13 through April 15, 2018, at the Oriental Theatre.

The show, which is lead produced by Paula Wagner, is expected to then move to Broadway in the fall of 2018, although dates and the theater have yet to be announced.


Chris Jones

Chris Jones - Chicago Tribune 9/25/17



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