Already closed | 2h 35m | Midtown W

Pretty Woman: The Musical (NYC)

From 746 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Romantic, Funny

About the show

One of the most beloved romantic comedies of all time comes to Broadway in this world premiere musical, with an original score co-written by Grammy winner Bryan Adams ('Summer of ’69,' 'Everything I Do'). More…

Vivian and Edward are unlikely soulmates who overcome all odds to find each other and themselves. Experience the moments you love from the movie — and get to know these iconic characters in a whole new way — in this theatrical take on a love story for the ages. 'Pretty Woman: The Musical' features direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell ('Kinky Boots,' 'Legally Blonde,' 'Hairspray'), and a book by the movie’s legendary director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J.F. Lawton.

2h 35m | Already closed | Nederlander Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (746)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Romantic, Funny

50
Great singing, Predictable, Mediocre, Campy, Indulgent

See it if you want to see an excellent vehicle for Orfeh to sing her face off and/or you like 80s power ballads with bad lyrics.

Don't see it if you want to see compelling storytelling that values hitting all the emotional beats to earn every moment along the way.

67
Funny, Cliched, Insipid, Fluffy, Banal

See it if If Cinderella were real and a tart this is exactly the kind of musical she would pay to see. Andy Karl's charisma is welcome on any stage.

Don't see it if The timing couldn't be worse for this unnecessary tuneless tripe. The world has shifted! C'mon.

59
Disappointing, Lacks creativity, Humdrum, Sluggish, Forgettable

See it if Great costumes & good musicians in the pit; Barks' and her dimples are adorable; Blackwell's opera singing wows the audience.

Don't see it if Poor score & direction; Andy Karl's voice can't handle the vocals/if he doesn't belt he cannot reach the notes; Show lacks energy.

Also The play would be more interesting if it did not try to duplicate the ... Read more Read less

55
Dated, Romantic, Overrated

See it if you loved the film and want to relive classic moments.

Don't see it if you're expecting this to be anything more than just the movie on stage.

Also I wish they had actually updated it with a more feminist perspective l... Read more Read less

60
Great singing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Ambitious

See it if you buy the premise of the cinderella story and loved the movie

Don't see it if the movie is what you will ultimately compare the stage production to, it pales by comparison

Also Voices are great, music and lyrics weak, close you eyes and Andy Karl ... Read more Read less

60
Disappointing

See it if you enjoy movie to stage transfers that have great leads and songs, is faithful to the movie, but lacks power & punch & leaves you so so.

Don't see it if you really loved the movie and don't want to see a cheap Broadway version with lackluster dancing and a general lack of excitement.

68
Ambitious, Banal, Entertaining, Disappointing, Dated

See it if Leads and support (Barks, Karl, Orfeh, Anderson) are individually spectacular; essentially a must-see for zealous fans of the movie

Don't see it if Script with zero surprises; Bryan Adams fans will recognize songwriting hooks which are hit or miss; audience seemed at most amused

50
Indulgent, Excruciating, Dated

See it if There is no reason for this show to exist in 2019. The plot is sexist and trite. The songs are boring. The hooker with a heart of gold trope

Don't see it if is tired. The staging is uninspired. The cast does its best with woefully uninteresting material. But it's time to let shows like this die.

50
Cliched, Fluffy, Slow

See it if See it for the cast. Samantha Barks is great and they are all having fun. If you like the movie, I suspect you'll like this.

Don't see it if you want to see something unique. This is just blah overall. It felt like a jukebox musical but with songs you don't know.

Also I just found the writing cliche. I know it's based on the movie, but I... Read more Read less

66
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Romantic, Dated

See it if Another uninspired 2nd rate screen to stage musical made tolerable by two terrific leads and a happy ending.

Don't see it if There are better light & fluffy romantic musicals out there - this isn’t one of them. Jerry Mitchel really dropped the ball on this one!

Also The highlight of the show was sitting directly behind Hugh Jackman and... Read more Read less

69
Entertaining, Romantic, Fluffy, Cliched

See it if you are an Andy Karl fan. As usual he is much better than material. If you loved the movie, you will probably like the musical.

Don't see it if you want a traditional Broadway score. Every song sounds similar and they sound like a Spotify shuffle of 80's light rock.

67
Ambitious, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Good singing

See it if you are a fan of the cast or expect to see a light and fluffy musical.

Don't see it if you expect a great entertainment with memorable songs.

55
Cliched, Cheesy, Sexist, Predictable, Fluffy

See it if you’re ok with a totally cheesy night out, surrounding by tipsy and rowdy fellow audience members.

Don't see it if you want your musical theater to have some weight or import to it.

68
Bland, Predictible, Kitchy

See it if you like unnecessary movie-based musicals that so closely follow the original material they lose their own identity & '80s rock-anthem songs

Don't see it if you're expecting anything original and memorable, beyond cruise-ship review level choreography, or charismatic ensemble performances

50
Disappointing, Banal, Excruciating, Fluffy, Insipid

See it if Don't! One of the worst on Broadway shows I ever seen. Great cast with a book and songs you can't see their talent. No chemistry btw leads.

Don't see it if The worst music. Horrible set. Horrible blood adaptation. The movie was great and this show is a disgrace to the movie. Horrible!

65
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Banal, Bland

See it if You love the movie and Bryan Adams' music. Iconic costumes, iconic scenes, iconic lines. A good "date" show-- even guys can get behind it.

Don't see it if It was a soggy piece of white bread. So bland and boring. Music was forgettable. Iconic lines weren't delivered correctly.

Also The tourists in town for the holiday and the bridge-and-tunnel folks s... Read more Read less

60
Fluffy, Great singing, Dated, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if you want to indulge in a full shot of nostalgia and see a carbon copy of the movie with the iconic quotes, outfits, and everything intact

Don't see it if you expect any kind of updates to freshen it up and make it suitable for our times. the music is bland and doesn't drive the plot forward

65
Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you love the story of the movie (not the movie music - obviously that not a part of the show) or if you like Bryan Adams

Don't see it if you're looking for something original - this is basically word for word the movie.

67
Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy, Quirky, Great singing

See it if you're looking a fun night out without any surprises or complexities. This show was fun and a carbon copy of the movie (but with music).

Don't see it if you don't like superficial shows. Also, why did they make Andy Karl sing like Brian Adams? Samantha Barks: great voice, awkward actress...

65
Only if you loved the film

See it if You find “billionaire meets prostitute” a romantic concept.

Don't see it if You dislike so-so shows based on old hit movies and would rather see something more creative.

65
Overrated, Fluffy, Disappointing

See it if you feel like you need to because you are a huge fan of the movie. It's my favorite movie and I was underwhelmed. Vivian's was well casted.

Don't see it if you have high expectations. They should've left this as play and not forced a musical. The end scene was good more than that pass.

60
Overrated, Mediocre, Unimaginative, Good cast, Uncreative

See it if You loved the movie so much that you really cannot resist a mediocre, bland, poorly conceived but well performed adaptation.

Don't see it if Expect a classic movie converted into a classic musical.

66
Funny, Dated, Disappointing, Insipid, Overrated

See it if IF u absolutely loved the movie, u might like this. But I'm no fan of re-enactments of movies. No emotional engagement. Totally predictable!

Don't see it if you want some depth of ideas. Performances & production values are mostly terrific, but the story is still just glamorized sophomoric bs.

Also A few noteworthy things: ... Read more Read less

50
Cliched, Fluffy, Boring, Poor writing, Strong performers

See it if you absolutely adore the movie (or Cinderella stories however misogynistic). You aren't picky about musical composition. Great physiques.

Don't see it if you tend to dislike movies turned musicals (this was the worst I've seen) or you want musical style to match character. No charm or finesse.

68
Dated, Entertaining, Romantic, Delightful, Fluffy

See it if you love the movie or are a fan of Andy Karl or Samantha Barks. It stays true to the film.

Don't see it if you want anything spectacular. Barks shines, but nothing else really stands out about the show. Great plot, but it's the same as the movie.


August 16th, 2018
"Ms. Barks is clearly a talented singer and actress...she has been given no chance to banish stardust memories of the woman who created her part. Directed and choreographed as if on automatic pilot by Jerry Mitchell. Its creators have hewed suffocatingly close to the film’s story, gags, and dialo...
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August 16th, 2018
"Mostly just a dutiful replica of the movie...Not only does this approach miss an opportunity to rethink the story’s sugar-daddy fantasy in a deeper way, it also gets stale fast; this ain’t our first time on Rodeo Drive...Adams and Vallance’s music does its job, but has a Broadway show ever had l...
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August 16th, 2018
"'Pretty Woman: The Musical' has plenty of problems outside of its politics...It’s the kind of lifeless clunker that makes your heart go out to its actors...It’s more concerned with checking the boxes of all the movie’s most famous moments than it is with telling us anything new about these chara...
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August 16th, 2018
"Reports that the creators...were 'reshaping' the story for the #MeToo era have been greatly exaggerated...But Lawton and the film’s director, the late Garry Marshall, who co-wrote the book, have clearly taken a 'don’t mess with success' approach...Samantha Barks is agreeable as Vivian, and Andy ...
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