Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Broadway: With No Tony Awards Action, Musical “Pretty Woman” Becomes the Latest Show to Announce Summer Closing


Even adding the famous song it was named for has not saved Broadway’s “Pretty Woman.” The tepidly reviewed musical will close on August 18th after a rocky year on the Great White Way. The show received no Tony nominations.

“Pretty Woman” has great stars– Andy Karl, Samantha Barks, Orfeh– but it was yet another ill conceived show based on a movie. They come, they go. The songs by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance were not memorable. It was only last week that producers got the rights to the Roy Orbison song for which it was named. But it’s too late.

“Pretty Woman” joins a raft of shows closing this summer or already closed. They include three Scott Rudin productions (“Gary,” “Hillary and Clinton,” and “King Lear”), as well as “Be More Chill,” “King Kong,” “The Cher Show,” “The Ferryman,” “The Prom,” as well as limited runs like “All My Sons” and “Burn This.”

In their place, “Moulin Rouge” has arrived in previews. New shows will start trickling in after Labor Day. But Broadway is going to be a little quiet this August, that’s for sure. The Carole King musical “Beautiful” may be the next to go based on recent receipts. Last night, Carole, star Vanessa Carlton, and some upbeat performers appeared on PBS’s “Capitol Fourth” to promote the show. Let’s hope that works.


Roger Friedman
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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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