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Broadway: “Pretty Woman” with Songs from Bryan Adams, Sets Openings for Chicago, New York


“Pretty Woman” is finally in place to be a Broadway musical.

The Garry Marshall-directed hit film starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere is in place for 2018 with a Chicago tryout and a New York opening.

All of this will happen in 2018, with Chicago checked for a March 13, 2018 opening and Broadway set for one year from now.

Samantha Barks, who was so great in “Les Miserables” on stage and in the film, will play Vivian, the happy hooker. Tony winner Steve Kazee will take the Richard Gere role of Edward, the multi millionaire (by now a billionaire) who offers Vivian $3,000 to be his girlfriend for the weekend.

In the movie, SPOILER ALERT, they get together and marry. A better musical would have been called “What We Told the Kids.”

Anyway, Canadian songster and 80s rock star Bryan Adams has written the songs with long time collaborator Jim Vallance. Paula Wagner produces, Jerry Mitchell directs, and David Rockwell is designing the sets.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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