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
77
Avg Score

86
Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Romantic

See it if You are a fan of the movie. The performances are excellent (esp Barks, Karl & Orfeh). Music is pleasing & the story is a classic. Very fun

Don't see it if You don't like the movie or are looking for a highfalutin show. They could have spent more money on the sets which were not great.

78
Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Carbon copy, Forgettable

See it if You liked the movie. This is a nice recreation with great singing and acting, a few special moments though no songs rise to stay in memory.

Don't see it if You expect any sort of originality or interesting interpretation at all. This is strictly film to stage, almost scene for scene.

Also Bryan Adams music was good, like listening to an 80’s soft rock FM rad... Read more Read less

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.

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

78
Entertaining, Cliched, Great singing, Fluffy, Funny

See it if you're a fan of the film or the stars, curious about Brian Adams as composer, like fluffy rom-coms, fine singing, modern fairy tales

Don't see it if don't like too much cuteness, rom-coms, predictable plot, low stakes, glorying of prostitution, forgettable music, or the film

Also Samantha Barks is too lovely to be an on-the-street hooker(high class ... Read more Read less

73
How do you make a memorable musical out of an iconic movie w a career-defining performance by the lead? this doesn’t tho is reasonably entertaining

See it if you want a good facsimile of the movie including replicating most scenes & using dialog directly from the movie; strong singing by leads

Don't see it if dull; w/o memorable music or lyrics and w/ good but not incandescent performances, this musical rarely has the magic of the fairy-tale movie

78
Entertaining, Great singing, Cliched, Fluffy, Romantic

See it if You love the movie and/or Bryan Adams music and are in the mood for a light, semi-mindless, entertaining show.

Don't see it if You’re sick of middle-of-the-road movie-to-stage adaptations that don’t improve on their source material.

76
Entertaining, Refreshing, Romantic, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if You just want to compare this staging with the renowned film. You love all typical romantic musicals.

Don't see it if You are looking for something that forces you to think about an issue. This is well-done but basically just fluff.

81
Delightful, Romantic, Relevant, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoyed they movie. There are some changes for the better. Wonderful singing and staging.

Don't see it if you did not like the movie.

Also The changes for the better include some wonderful lyrics of empowermen... Read more Read less

76
Liked enough to see once, Great singing, Tourists will love it, Successful movie to musical transfer

See it if You liked the movie and believe if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

Don't see it if You believe a musical is capable of adding something more or prefer impactful acting to songs belting out emotion.

Also To make time for songs, character building conversations and nuanced i... Read more Read less

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.

75
Cliched, Funny, Romantic

See it if you loved the movie; this is pretty much a redux, albeit a fun, pretty to look at one, but the performances are strong and compelling.

Don't see it if you're looking for anything particularly original. The book and the costumes are directly lifted & the songs don't stick in one's memory.

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

85
Good music. good performances. fun

See it if You like movies being turned into musicals on Broadway. This is a good one. Good story and good music.

Don't see it if You want original musicals that don't come from films.

79
Entertaining, Cliched, Great singing, Fluffy, Good for what it is

See it if you like traditional musicals.Set is clever.Show is predictable.Lead is great but belts every song.Nothing original, but it's fun.

Don't see it if you were expecting something significant or moving.From opening scene you can predict the ending, even if you haven't seen the movie.

79
Great singing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if If you are a fan of the story and you enjoy musical variety. Good stage adaptation and nice musical and choriografical additions.

Don't see it if You did not like the movie (it is faithful to the story), do not enjoy musicals or would prefer a play which just replayed the movie plot

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

77
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if See if you are a fan of the film, this is very similar. Andy Karl and Sam Barks were excellent. Lots of glitz..an old fashioned musical.

Don't see it if Do not see if you are not a fan of the film or of Karl & Barks. If you prefer a drama this is not for you.

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.

80
Talented & charismatic actors, A watered-down version of an iconic film, Skews-adult, Uneven level of music/lyrics, Semi-problematic gender-role presentations

See it if you want a familiar yet semi-dated tale reframed as a musical, with outstanding performances by Samantha Barks, Orfeh, and Andy Karl.

Don't see it if expecting a duplicate of the cinematic version; uncomfortable with sexuality and prostitution; and / or seeking something deeply provoking.

Also The 1990 film Pretty Women, troublingly, reduces women to “manic pixie... Read more Read less

70
Funny, Entertaining, Cliched, Overrated, Romantic

See it if You love the movie and musicals

Don't see it if you want to see a play.

75
Entertaining, Great singing, Funny, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if The show closely follows the movie plot.The show is very entertaining,although predictable.The lyrics and music are good.The cast excels.

Don't see it if You didn't like the story or movie. You won't be disappointed by the talented actors performances. Samantha Barks is a gem!

70
Ambitious, Great singing, Confusing

See it if you want a show with lavish sets that follows the same plotlines of the movie.

Don't see it if you are looking for originality.

Also I honestly liked this show more than I expected to. I do love Andy Kar... Read more Read less

76
Entertaining, Romantic, Cliched

See it if you love the two leads. I do and saw it for that reason. Ir was better than I expected but falls into the "why" make this a musical.

Don't see it if you didn't like the movie or if great songs are important to you in a musical.


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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