Pretty Woman, the 1990 flick that starred Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, is now being developed into a stage musical.
When the film was released it grossed a successful $463 million worldwide and, of course, to ensure the future success on the stage, production has secured the best of the best.
Tony Award-winning Steve Kazee will play businessman Edward while Samantha Barks makes her Broadway debut as Vivian. Jerry Mitchell, who directed and choreographed Kinky Boots, will also serve as director and choreographer for this production while Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance will handle music and lyrics.
Producer Paula Wagner hinted the musical would offer some updates to the movie. “Our director Jerry Mitchell has expanded the narrative and storytelling of this acclaimed romantic comedy, provid[ing] a new and satisfying emotional resonance,” said Wagner.
Pretty Woman tells the lush story of the most unforeseen love to ever blossom between a beautiful prostitute and a courteous john. The Broadway adaptation will seek to recreate the magic from its source material.
The Chicago production of Pretty Woman at the Oriental Theater is set to begin March 13 and run for five weeks while the Broadway production is expected to begin in the fall of 2018.