The new musical version of Pretty Woman featuring a new string of songs by Bryan Adams and longtime collaborator Jim Vallance will open next week. BroadwayDirect.com reported the production kicks off on March 13th at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, and will run through April 15th. The show will then move to the “Great White Way” with previews starting on July 20th for an August 16th opening at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre.
The stage adaptation was conceived by the film’s late director, Garry Marshall, who died of pneumonia in 2016 at age 81. Pretty Woman: The Musical is being directed by two-time Tony Award-winning director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell — whose “numerous screen-to-stage projects” include Kinky Boots, Hairspray, Legally Blonde, and The Full Monty.
- Bryan Adams spoke about what the project was about for him and Vallance as songwriters: “This is a story about two people who have come to a point where they’ve both done what they needed to do in their lives, and they don’t realize that they’re about to embark on this new thing, which is falling in love.”
- Although the original 1990 Julia Roberts – Richard Gere blockbuster featured songs by David Bowie, the Go-Go‘s Jane Wiedlin, Roy Orbison, Go West, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Roxette, back in 2016, Bryan Adams told us that he and Jim Vallance were starting from scratch: [“They don’t want any of the songs from the film. They want all original music. What happens is you get given the book, which is, like, the stage adaptation. And throughout that are places that are marked out for a song here, a song there. And then just one at time, just sort of hit it and see if we can find a groove that works. There’s way more, sort of, production and arrangement that goes into a musical than, sort of, making an album. I’ve gotta write about 22 songs. I think we’ve written. . . 14? I’ve gotta be done by December.”] SOUNDCUE (:29 OC: . . . done by December)
- Bryan Adams next North American show is set for June 5th in Victoria, BC at Save On Foods Memorial Centre.