We wanted the fairy tale, and the fairy tale is coming to Broadway.
The musical adaptation of beloved romantic comedy Pretty Woman will officially hit the Great White Way in fall 2018, producers announced Tuesday.
With a book co-written by the film’s director, Garry Marshall, and screenwriter, J.F. Lawton, the stage production will also feature music and lyrics from Grammy winner Bryan Adams and his songwriting partner Jim Vallance.
The show will star Les Miserables’ Samantha Barks in the Julia Roberts-originated role of Vivian, the prostitute who finds herself falling in love with a corporate raider who pays her to be his escort for a week. Tony winner Steve Kazee (Once) will take on the role made famous by Richard Gere: Edward, a cynical Wall Street trader who learns to believe in fairy tales again when he meets Vivian.
“From the first time I saw this magical movie I felt it cried out to be a musical,” Mitchell said in a statement. “Pretty Woman is a classic story with a very contemporary message. I think we all want to fall deeply in love with someone — it is something you never stop hoping for. I got to work with Garry for over a year on this musical adaptation and experienced firsthand his sense of humor, his joy, his uplifting attitude in life, and mostly his love for these characters. … I want that to infuse what I am doing with Pretty Woman: The Musical as he is the true heart of this story.”
Pretty Woman: The Musical will make its world premiere at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago in spring 2018 before moving to a Nederlander theater (yet to be announced) in the fall.