Based on one of Hollywood's most beloved romantic movies about a chance encounter between a sex worker and an uptight businessman, Audience Choice Award-winner Pretty Woman: The Musical is at The Buell from August 2-14.
I was delighted to be invited to opening night — and also a little hesitant. I couldn't imagine how the movie could be transformed into a musical. Additionally, the iconic role of Vivian skyrocketed Julia Roberts into stardom. Could anyone else actually play the role with the perfect combination of charm, feistiness, and innocence?
DID YOU KNOW? Pretty Woman is widely regarded as the movie that laid the foundation for a new genre of film: the rom-com.
Turning Pretty Woman into a musical put a fresh take on the story I know so well. It is still familiar, keeping most of Vivian's outfits and many of the best-known lines ("Big mistake. Big. Huge!"), but there is an extra element of joy and light-heartedness.
The songs are so expressive, giving the audience deeper insight into what the characters are thinking and feeling, especially Edward Lewis (played by Broadway superstar Adam Pascal, who starred as and received a Tony Award® nomination for the role of Roger Davis in Rent). Through the lyrics, we understand why Edward is so drawn to Vivian and witness the evolution in both his feelings toward Vivian and his business ambitions.
Rising star Olivia Valli absolutely shines as Vivian Ward. She is strong, determined, and charismatic, but it is her voice that really steals the show. I got goosebumps more than once when she was singing!
Another standout role was Happy Man, played by Kyle Taylor Parker. I don't want to say much and spoil any surprises, but the audience clapped nearly as loudly for him as for Adam Pascal and Olivia Valli.
Led by two-time Tony Award®-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), Pretty Woman: The Musical features an original score by Grammy® winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance ("Summer of '69", "Heaven"), and a book by the movie's legendary director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J. F. Lawton.
Tickets start at $35 and are selling quickly! Buy and print online at DenverCenter.org or call (303) 893-4100.
ENTER TO WIN! Macaroni KID Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree is delighted to be giving away a pair of tickets to the 7:30 PM performance of Pretty Woman: The Musical on Sunday, August 14, 2022, at the Buell Theatre. Only one entry per email address, please; duplicate entries will be deleted.
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