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Recently, I was invited to see a showing of Pretty Woman the Musical on Broadway with my mother for an early Mother’s Day Gift. My mother loves plays and musicals probably even more than I do, so we were pretty excited. If you saw the movie, you will find that this musical version is very faithful to it. In fact, the late Garry Marshall, who directed the 1990 movie directed by J.F. Lawton, also wrote the book for the musical along with JF. Lawton. As we watched the musical I smiled because it really had the feel and a lot of lines from the movie. However, the staging and the musical numbers really illuminated everything and brought out the story even more. The music is written by Bryan Adam (my 15 year old self was dying) and Jim Vallance, who is a longtime collaborator of his.
My mom and I heartily enjoyed ourselves and totally fell in love with Samantha Barks and Andy Karl as Vivian and Edward. As my mother just came back from Florida and I hadn’t seen her since we were in Israel together in February, I totally treasured seeing this show with her.
I have to put it in here — this is definitely a show for grownups over 18 (as in don’t bring your kids). Not that there is anything wrong with that. It was a strong, romantic show with terrific music and we really had a wonderful time.
The songs that Edward sings especially highlighted his inner self as he was falling for Vivian, which really added to the story.
You may find yourself smiling and laughing a lot (which is a good thing!).
However, Orfeh as Kit De Luca and Eric Anderson as Mr. Thompson the Hotel Manager, really stole the show. Orfeh (pronounced “Or- fay”) is actually married to Andy Karl in real life (they met 18 years ago in Saturday Night Fever and also starred in Legally Blonde as Paulette and the UPS Guy). Plus Orfeh’s voice is spectacular. Keep an eye on her, I can’t wait until I see her starring as first lead in something.
We got to do a talkback after the show with Andy Karl (Edward), Orfeh (Kit), Robby Clator (David) and more of the cast and it was fascinating! Check out my video!
Would I recommend Pretty Woman the Musical? Absolutely. It’s perfect to take your mom, your girlfriends, or even for date night!
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Show Run Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.