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  Pretty Woman: The Musical at Nederlander Theatre

Pretty Woman: The Musical

Nederlander Theatre
24 W. Randolph Chicago

From the iconic outfits and unforgettable moments of blossoming romance to the ... catchy songs? Wait a minute, Pretty Woman is a musical now? You bet your thigh-high boots it is -- and its pre-Broadway world premiere stage production is coming to Chicago this spring. With a book by Garry Marshall and J.F. Lawton (the director and writer, respectively, of the unforgettable 1990 film that featured Richard Gere and Julia Roberts), music and lyrics by the incomparable songwriting duo of Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, and direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, well ... you can pretty much rest assured that Pretty Woman: The Musical will be a wall-to-wall extravaganza of entertaining song, dance, laughs and romance. Don't miss this show's stunning production at the Oriental Theatre.

Thru - Apr 15, 2018



Price: $33-125

Show Type: Musical

Box Office: 800-775-2000

Running Time: 2hrs, 20mins; one intermission

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  Pretty Woman: The Musical Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
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Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...But this never is a crude nor an offensive show, the music is genuinely accessible to audiences who listen to Adult Contemporary FM, and, with Barks in truly ebullient charge, "Pretty Woman" has the potential to give a lot of hard-working people a good, fun night out, honoring their memories, the struggles of their present, and the impulse we all have to borrow someone else's credit card and hit Rodeo Drive, before it hits us in our pretty face."
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Chris Jones


Chicago Sun Times - Recommended

"...There is so much to like here, starting with Samantha Barks, whose portrayal of Vivian, the prostitute with a heart of gold, is every bit as endearing on stage as Julia Roberts' was on film. Barks' megawatt smile lights up the stage, her powerhouse voice packs an emotional punch to every note she sings, especially with the anthem-like "This Is My Life" and "I Can't Go Back." As Edward, Tony Award winner Steve Kazee is still finding his way out from under the shadow of Richard Gere, but he's on the cusp. Part of the problem may be that stage Edward, a multi-millionaire-turned-prince charming, is almost too dysfunctional to rescue the enchanting Vivian. Kazee has a captivating stage presence, and his gorgeous singing voice delivers the show's hauntingly beautiful ballad "You and I" with plenty of conviction and sincerity."
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Miriam Di Nunzio


Daily Herald - Somewhat Recommended

"...For "Pretty Woman" to be great, it has to be more and less: less obvious, more bold with higher stakes and a better-defined Edward -- one worthy of the empowered woman this musical imagines Vivian to be."
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Barbara Vitello


Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...Do the generically competent songs by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance have a country flavor inappropriate to the Hollywood setting? You noticed that too? Are the politics—? Yes, they are. For all that, the show is going to give a lot of people a nostalgic thrill. And supporting performers Orfeh and Eric Anderson are nothing short of amazing."
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Tony Adler


Windy City Times - Not Recommended

"...There is plenty of talent on stage in Pretty Woman. That only puts the wasted opportunities the show presents into stark relief. If they'd had even one woman on the lead creative team, maybe Pretty Woman wouldn't be as heinously sexist, tone deaf and offensive as it is. Then again, maybe not."
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Catey Sullivan


Time Out Chicago - Not Recommended

"...Director Jerry Mitchell seems, quite frankly, stymied by its smallness-a feeling which extends to David Rockwell's sketchy scenic design and Gregg Barnes's mimeographed costumes. There are no opportunities for big production numbers; even most of Vivian and Edward's songs, despite appealing work by Barks and Kazee, are less suited to advancing the story or character development than they would be to layering over end credits. As Cinda-fuckin'-rella stories go, this one's not quite ready for the ball."
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Kris Vire


Chicago On the Aisle - Recommended

"...And while this story is a tale as old as time, to borrow a line from yet another "Cinderella" riff, the method of "Pretty Woman's" transformation from the movie that half the American population has memorized line-for-line, into a staged production with entirely original music, is both reliably loyal in its adapting and solidly mainstream."
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Nancy Malitz


Stage and Cinema - Somewhat Recommended

"...Admittedly it's impossible to make fans forget Julia Roberts but Barks' Vivian is sweetly seductive and down-home decent in "This Is My Life" and "Look at Me Now." Kazee fares less well, a cold fish who never successfully swims or quite warms to her occasion. Orfeh is a force of nature as the mother hen to her portable bordello. Mitchell's fairly-minimal choreography is perfunctory fun."
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Lawrence Bommer


Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...Tonight, at the Oriental Theatre, I saw for myself that the stage musical retelling of this movie story with a book by Lawton and Garry Marshall and music and lyrics by Bryan Adama & Jim Vallance, I saw the light. It could be converted into a stage musical that would grab an audience. Directed by Jerry Mitchell, who also did the choreography, and who loves doing his new shows for our Chicago audiences in preparation for his New York opening, this is a tightly knit telling of the story of the very modern-day Cinderella, Vivian ( Samantha Barks is perfect in her character), a hooker with a dream of a better life. By chance, she meets Edward ( a dynamic performance by Steve Kazee, who has a great vocal range and moves well), a powerful businessman, who gets lost in Hollywood and turns to Vivian to be his live-in date for the week of meetings and parties while he closes the biggest deal of his life."
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Alan Bresloff


WTTW - Somewhat Recommended

"...It is simply to say that the show is predictable in every way, and that its score - which marks the first musical by award-winning pop music veterans Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance - is essentially a serviceable pastiche. It also is worth noting that the audience saved its greatest applause for the scene in which Edward takes Vivian to the opera (Verdi's "La Traviata," the story of a prostitute and her wealthy lover), and Allison Blackwell (earlier seen as a streetwalker) stops the show with her bravura performance of one of Violetta's arias."
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Hedy Weiss


Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended

"...Jerry Mitchell looks to have yet another Broadway hit on his hands, but out-of-town tryouts, like this, are meant to shed light on areas that need some adjustments. At times the show feels a little slow and lacking dramatic tension, particularly in Act II. The finale comes a bit too abruptly. A few songs, as good as they sound, might be cut in order to make the musical more streamlined. The show could also use some bigger, glitzier production numbers to really grab the audience. But terrific songs like Vivian’s “I Can’t Go Back” and “This is My Life,” along with Edward’s “Freedom,” are already bona fide hits. The combination of a heartwarming, familiar fairy tale, a toe-tapping score and a pair of outstanding actors in the leading roles will, with just a little bit of tweaking, turn into another nostalgic film that’s evolved into a beloved theatrical favorite."
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Colin Douglas


The Fourth Walsh - Somewhat Recommended

"...The musical IS the movie with intermittent songs. Unfortunately, the songs written by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance are mostly forgettable. Instead of big bold musical tunes, they sound like songs best sung on a couch with just a guitar accompaniment. Although that style works for Steve Kazee (Edward), the amazing Samantha Barks (Vivian) has the diva capabilities for a big blockbuster musical. We hear only snippets of Barks' vocal talents because of the lackluster score. The one emotionally engaging song is actually from La Traviatta and is sung with perfection by Allison Blackwell."
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Katy Walsh


Chicagoland Musical Theatre - Somewhat Recommended

"...The best moment of the whole show was when song and staging actually did get together, like when Eric Anderson, playing the manager of Edward's ritzy hotel (among other small roles, each one delightful), gives Vivian some dancing pointers prior to a business dinner date. "On a Night Like Tonight" isn't a great song - it's a swoony-enough tune, with a right dash of cha-cha, but still with bum lyrics - but having the bellhops teach some steps along with Edward goes some way towards giving Vivian some hope that she's not alone in this unfamiliar world."
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Patrick O'Brien


Chicago Theater and Arts - Highly Recommended

"...But it was the magic on stage wrought by Samantha Barks as Vivian, a Hollywood Blvd. upwardly-mobile-dreaming prostitute who knows cars, Steve Kazee as Edward, a heartless take-over mogul, Orfeh as Vivian's friend Kit and Eric Anderson as Mr. Thompson the friendly hotel manager of the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel (also plays Happy Man, a Hollywood Blvd. denizen) that captured the audience's attention and got a well-deserved standing ovation."
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Jodie Jacobs


Chicago On Stage - Highly Recommended

"...The late director Garry Marshall long had a dream of turning his 1990 movie hit Pretty Woman into a Broadway musical. The result, for which he and original screenwriter J.F. Lawton wrote the book, is having its world premiere at Chicago's Oriental Theatre, and I'm happy to report that it works brilliantly. From the original songs by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance to the stellar cast to the ace design team, this is one Broadway tryout where the creators got it right: from start to finish this is a sensational show, with a plot that has been somewhat modified for our more enlightened, feminist era."
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Karen Topham


Picture This Post - Recommended

"...Full of charming romance and clever reminders of the classic film, Pretty Woman The Musical makes for a lovely night of fun. This reviewer is curious to see how the production continues to grow in its Broadway Trial."
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Lauren Katz



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