After wowing audiences in America, premièring at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre in March 2018 and transferring to Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre, Pretty Woman: The Musical is now confirmed to head across the Pond. It will make its European debut in Germany at Hamburg’s Stage Theater an der Elbe at the end of the month, before coming to the West End in 2020; previews for the London production will begin on 13 February – just in time for Valentine’s Day.
“This classic love story really has become a great night out at the theatre”
As well as featuring the Roy Orbison classic Oh, Pretty Woman, the musical features original compositions from Grammy Award-winning Canadian rocker Bryan Adams and his songwriting partner Jim Vallance; the book was written by Garry Marshall and J.F. Lawton (the film’s screenwriter), and the show is directed & choreographed by Jerry Mitchell.
“The West End loves a big night out and none come bigger than this new production re-telling the iconic and much loved movie”, says Adam Speers of Ambassador Theatre Group Productions. “The UK has rocked to the legendary work of Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance for decades and we cannot wait to welcome audiences to the show”.
The original film was released in 1990 and was the third highest-grossing film worldwide in that year; to this day it holds the US record for the highest number of tickets for a romantic comedy.
The original Broadway production starred Samantha Barks and Andy Karl (taking over from Steve Kazee on transfer), though casting for the UK run has yet to be announced.
The creative team is as follows: scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Kenneth Posner & Philip S. Rosenberg, sound design by John Shivers, hair design by Josh Marquette, and music supervision, arrangements & orchestrations by Will Van Dyke.
“We cannot wait to welcome audiences to the show”
“It is really wonderful that UK audiences will get to experience Pretty Woman: The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre next year. Bryan and Jim’s original score for the show brings an electric new dimension to Garry Marshall and J.F. Lawton’s beloved film,” says Paula Wagner. “We were so fortunate to have Garry working with J.F. on the book of the show. They really captured the essence of Pretty Woman, and along with Jerry’s skillful direction and choreography, this classic love story really has become a great night out at the theatre. 2020 also marks 30 years since the release of the film, and I can’t think of a better place than the Piccadilly Theatre to celebrate!”.
Pretty Woman: The Musical runs at the Piccadilly Theatre from 13 February 2020 until the end of the year. Tickets will be available from Friday 13 September 2019.