The 1990 romantic comedy Pretty Woman, starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, is now a Broadway musical that’s hitting the stage this coming spring.
Before opening on Broadway, Pretty Woman: The Musical will have a limited 5 weeks at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago from March 13 to April 15, 2018 then open at the Nederlander Theater on Broadway in the fall.
The musical has a Kingston connection as it will feature an original score composed by rocker Bryan Adams – born here in 1959 – along with his long time friend and collaborator Jim Vallance.
The singer-songwriter has been busy traveling back and forth to New York City to work on new songs for the musical, while also performing in concert and at the Invictus Games closing ceremonies in addition to promoting the upcoming release of his new album “Ultimate”.
In November of last year, Bryan posted a photo of himself with Julia Robert at a Los Angeles memorial for Garry Marshall, the director of 1990’s Pretty Woman who also, before his death, collaborated with screenwriter J.F. Lawton on the musical’s book.
The film Pretty Woman was the #1 R-rated movie of 1990, coming in at #4 overall in a blockbuster year for Hollywood.
It followed the top three movies of 1990 – Home Alone, Ghost, and Dances with Wolves – while earning more than the other hits of the year, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (#5), The Hunt for Red October (#6), two Schwarzenegger films – Total Recall (#7) and Kindergarten Cop (#10) – as well as Back to the Future Part III (#11), Tom Cruise’s Days of Thunder (#13), Jonny Depp in Edward Scissorhands (#20) and Goodfellas (#26).
Samantha Barks will make her Broadway debut in the musical – taking on the role of Vivian made famous by Julia Roberts – with Steve Kazee as Edward, the wealthy business man performed on screen by Richard Gere. Tony nominee Orfeh will also be on stage as Vivian’s friend, Kit.