‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ adapts the timeless love story based on the beloved 90s film

By Jacqueline Parker

April 7, 2022

Pretty Woman: The Musical is the fourth of five Broadway musicals completing the season of Blumenthal Performing Arts’ Equitable Bravo series before it resumes in October. Adapted from the 1990 romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, the musical promises nothing but romance, fun and, of course, great music.

Pretty Woman: The Musical is directed and choreographed by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell, whose experience on and off stage spans three decades. Joining him is producer Paula Wagner to bring the production to life (Marshal, the Impossible mission series), and features a script by JF Lawton and the late Garry Marshall (the couple behind the original film). The musical had its world premiere in Chicago at the Oriental Theater in March 2018, where it ran for five weeks with its original cast. Unsurprisingly, the Covid-19 pandemic halted touring plans, but the musical is now back in action with a new and spirited cast.

Olivia Valli as Vivian Ward and Adam Pascal as Edward Lewis in ‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’. Photo: Matthew Murphy

Just like in the film, the story follows the budding romance of captivating and endearing call girl, Vivian Ward (Olivia Valli), and wealthy businessman, Edward Lewis (Adam Pascal). Pascal is no stranger to acting, having made a name for himself as Roger in Broadway’s To rent (1996), a role that earned him a Tony Award nomination. Valli, on the other hand, may be a newcomer, but the love of performing runs through her veins (she’s Frankie Valli’s granddaughter). Together, the two make a memorable pair as Edward and Vivian. They are supported by Jessica Crouch, who plays Vivian’s best friend Kit, and singer Kyle Taylor Parker as Happy Man, among others.

Jessica Crouch as Kit De Luca and Olivia Valli as Vivian Ward in ‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’. Photo: Matthew Murphy

Edward and Vivian’s dynamic love story wouldn’t be complete without the inspiration behind it all, Roy Orbison and Bill Dees’ 1964 hit, “Oh, Pretty Woman.” Although the song was originally left out of the 2018 musical adaptation, it was brought back in 2019 during the curtain call. The timeless song is complemented by an impressive original score by none other than Grammy Award winners Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance (“Summer of ’69” and “Heaven”).

Pretty Woman: The Musical plays charlotte April 12-17 at the Belk Theater.

Schedule :

Tuesday April 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday April 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday April 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 15 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday April 16 at 2 p.m.
Saturday April 16 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday April 17 at 1:30 p.m.
Sunday April 17 at 7:00 p.m.

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