Already closed | 2h 35m | Midtown W

Pretty Woman: The Musical (NYC)

From 794 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 (794)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Romantic, Funny

36
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Insipid, Uncreative

See it if you want to see a faithful (in story) musical adaptation of the 1990 film, and you really enjoy the cheesy AC music of Bryan Adams.

Don't see it if you wish to avoid a charmless Vivian, chemistry-free leads, out-of-touch book, vapid, generic score, cheap-looking sets & lazy choreography.

Also This is mercenary theatre at its worst: Throw a well-known, well-loved... Read more Read less

19
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Insipid

See it if you want a regressive musical with an inscrutable plot directed in a very workmanlike, movie-aping manner

Don't see it if you look for originality, consistent themes, good scores, or good American accents

40
Cliched, Disappointing, Fluffy, Middling, Overrated

See it if you are a huge fan of the movie & want a shot-for-shot replication. There are some standout performers, but not enough to lift this show.

Don't see it if you don't want something so incredibly average, that it becomes bad. The score, staging, dancing, & plot are unbelievably bland.

40
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Slow, Confusing

See it if Your ticket is free and you have nothing better to do 🤷🏻‍♂️ The bellhop was amusing.

Don't see it if You want memorable music at all :(. There were a few scattered cute moments. But mostly it was just boring and pointless.

Also but serious question - where is Vivien from because every line was a d... Read more Read less

1
Overrated, Excruciating, Awful, Torturous, Banal

See it if you get comp tickets.

Don't see it if you like musicals regardless if the production is good or bad.

Also Poor acting - Barks isn't convincing as a cocky street-smart woman of ... Read more Read less

40
Distasteful, Dated, Banal, Tacky, Cheap

See it if you have a friend obsessed with the movie. This will cure them. You have a friend resistant to opera. This may lure them.

Don't see it if you're enamored of flashy sets (none here), big B'way voices (lots of vocal fry), and romance (no chemistry). It is oddly capitalist though.

45
Slow, Fluffy, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if Want to see what the hype is about or like a regurgitation of the movie with bad acting and mediocre songs.

Don't see it if Want to be wowed.

Also Disappointed. I only watched it to see how it would be as remakes like... Read more Read less

15
Dated, Boring beyond belief, Terrible score, Unapologetically bad, Disappointing

See it if you like fluffy shows that parrot the movie they were based on.

Don't see it if you have any level of taste when it comes to music or scripts. This was maybe my least favorite musical of all time.

Also I want to preface this by saying: 1) that I've never seen the movie an... Read more Read less

30
Insipid, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if you're obsessed with the movie and don't mind if it strays from the plot.

Don't see it if you like good musicals.

49
Dated, Disappointing, Wasted talent, Boring songs, Nice voices

See it if you are a die hard fan of the movie and want to see the movie on stage. You love the iconic costumes and lines.

Don't see it if you wanted any sprinkle of originality, you think it will capture the original movie magic. You like memorable songs

Also Samantha and Andy are both charming and do manage to bring something n... Read more Read less

49
Great singing, Poorly written, Boring, Bad music, Awful choreography

See it if you must see Andy Karl, Samantha Barks, and Orfeh who are in fantastic voice.

Don't see it if you have no idea who these people are. I didn't hate it but I do want my time back...

Also Andy and Samantha are the only reasons I was curious to see this. They... Read more Read less

21
Romantic, Slow, Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You’re a fan of the movie and know it by heart.

Don't see it if You want something updated. Everything feels outdated and awful. Some of the cast was good, but even the production seemed cheap

35
Slow, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you like Samantha Barks. She's amazing.

Don't see it if you want to enjoy your time in the theatre. Some movie/musicals translate well. This did not. There was no attempt to add originality.

40
Fluffy, Romantic

See it if If you love Bryan Adams (as I do), you'll adore every guitar riff. The leads are excellent and have amazing chemistry.

Don't see it if If you have the original film memorized, the interruption of the songs may seem strange and unnecessary.

20
Vapid, Insulting, Insipid, Banal, Disappointing

See it if If you want to see a few movie moments recreated as a cheap dramatization of actual events.

Don't see it if You care about seeing an organic story that takes you on a journey.

Also Pretty Woman is the Broadway equivelant to straight to DVD movies and ... Read more Read less

38
Boring, Insipid, Disappointing, Cliched, Great singing

See it if you're a fan of the movie who doesn't really care about musicals and just wants to see a staged version of the movie.

Don't see it if you have taste. Seriously, if you want something of quality, or if you want anything darker or more mature or meaningful, don't watch

Also Yeah, this is kinda rough. Despite a few really strong performances, t... Read more Read less

40
Great singing, Overrated, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

See it if You enjoy incredible supporting role actors- Ofra (kit) was Outstanding.

Don't see it if You were hoping it would be as good as the movie- it’s not. It repeats it but loses something in translation to broadway.

Also It would have been better if the show could stand on its own. It did n... Read more Read less

41
Disappointing, Poorly written

See it if you really, really like the movie and are not going to sit and analyze the text while watching.

Don't see it if you want to see a well constructed musical. The writers clearly had no idea how to write for theatre and it shows, big time.

16
Disappointing, Dated, Cliched, Slow, Excruciating

See it if You want to be bored, disappointed and shocked how this creative team put together something this bad. Just don't see it, it was terrible.

Don't see it if You're expecting a good score, a funny book, or anything remotely entertaining.

45
Disappointing, Excruciating, Fluffy, Insipid, Overrated

See it if you loved the movie and would rather overpay to see it live than rent it on Netflix

Don't see it if you think musical theater is an art form or don't enjoy pandering with toast

4
Indulgent, Insipid, Slow, Cliched, Banal

See it if You like the actors.

Don't see it if You like the movie, it re imagines nothing, and translates everything scene for scene from the movie, the music was unmemorable.

28
Dated, Cliched

See it if You loved the movie and just want to see it as a musical. The music was lack-luster with some pretty fun dance numbers. TRIED to be funny.

Don't see it if You want a clever, thought-provoking show. No thinking is required.

18
Raunchy, Insipid, Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if you actually liked the movie, and/or you're a diehard Samantha Barks or Andy Karl fan.

Don't see it if horrible depictions of women offends you, if you want to see Andy Karl shirtless for longer than like 3 seconds, if you like good musicals.

25
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Excruciating

See it if You can't get enough of the movie and that's all you care about.

Don't see it if This show was completely tone-deaf to the current #metoo climate. Though the performers were great, it was painful to watch.

49
Disappointing

See it if If you’re interested in a light, romantic show, then this is for you.

Don't see it if If you loved the movie with Richard Gere & Julia Roberts, you will be very disappointed in this show all around.


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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