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Pretty Woman: The Musical (Chicago)

From 10 critic and 26 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Fluffy, Romantic

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.

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Chicago Onstage

"This is one Broadway tryout where the creators got it right: from start to finish this is a sensational show, with a plot that has been somewhat modified for our more enlightened, feminist era...The bottom line is that this is a star-making vehicle for Barks. From her first appearance, she commands our attention...If the producers wish to tweak it more before its Broadway debut this summer, that’s fine...But as far as I’m concerned, they don’t need to do too much...A dynamite production." Full Review

Around The Town Chicago

"A 'happily ever after' play with some powerful songs that help to propel the story-telling and a vibrant cast of player to make it happen...I don’t think it will win any Tony Awards, but for those who loved the movie (about half of the audience knew every scene), this is a must-see. The nice part of the show is that even if you never saw the original movie or even were aware of the storyline, this production would make for an evening of solid entertainment." Full Review

Chicago On the Aisle

"Both reliably loyal in its adaptation and solidly mainstream. If this promising musical can figure out now to nail the equivalent of a movie close-up on the personality of 'inward' Edward...then I think 'Pretty Woman' will have a long life...Otherwise, the music already brims with enough vitality and stick-in-your-ear motifs to indicate the show will probably meet the demands of Broadway audiences...But the show as a whole doesn’t seem finished yet." Full Review

Chicago Tribune

"As the movie made a star of a young Julia Roberts, so 'Pretty Woman: The Musical' likely will do the same for the sensational 27-year-old actress Samantha Barks...Although he has nary a moment of inauthenticity, Kazee needs to perk up, sex it up, charm it up, take off his shirt, emote less and smile more...You really have to admire how well 'Pretty Woman' has walked the line between respecting the affection people hold for the source movie and avoiding its threatening potholes." Full Review

Chicago Now

"Barks was strong, witty and has great pipes. She more than held her own and suppressed my worries about the story being too sexist for the times...Maybe because of worries about sexism, Kazee's Lewis was needy, weak and too sensitive for a shrewd New York businessman who makes his millions by raiding failing corporations. Tony Award nominee Orfeh nailed the role of ‘Kit.’" Full Review


"Samantha Barks proves highly capable of sweeping us up, if not completely away, into this faithfully scripted, blandly scored, capably but not imaginatively directed version of the 1990 mega hit...The songs don’t contain drama, nor are they specific enough to play the important story-telling role of filling in for the lack of cinematic close-ups...The lack of creativity surrounding her only makes Barks’ performance more noteworthy." Full Review

Daily Herald

"Several moments suggest the creative team recognized the plot's thornier issues and tried to square them. But the attempts seem like afterthoughts...It's escapist fare that fans will find appealing when it opens in New York later this year...For 'Pretty Woman' to be great, it has to be more and less: less obvious, more bold with higher stakes and a better-defined Edward." Full Review

Chicago Tonight

"This is not to disparage the show’s exceedingly attractive and talented leads who forge such a palpable chemistry. It is simply to say that the show is predictable in every way, and that its score is essentially a serviceable pastiche...There is something a little tired and overly familiar about 'Pretty Woman,' a story that feeds on the decades-old roots of the #MeToo movement even as it simultaneously tries to serve as a deftly massaged corrective." Full Review

Stage and Cinema

"It’s got the credentials and, at times, the chops, to justify the screen-to-stage transformation. But just barely…For many audience members, the show’s cinema-to-showbiz shocks of recognition will be sufficient satisfaction. But right now, still on its pre-Broadway shakedown cruise, 'Pretty Woman: The Musical' lacks the urgency to justify this switch to three dimensions." Full Review

Time Out Chicago

"Feel free to walk on by this rote and regressive new musical with old sensibilities...A collection of songs largely stripped of character, coherence or specificity...Even if you leave aside the highly questionable decision to revisit this particular entry in the Annals of Patriarchy—in 2018, with an all-male creative team, and without altering the arc to give its female lead more agency—there’s more to adapting a movie to the stage than simply restaging its scenes." Full Review

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Exquisite, Entertaining

See it if Andy Karl is great and Samantha Barks

Don't see it if You didn't like the movie

Delightful, Great acting, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You loved the movie. See it if you love good acting. See it if you love good music. See it if you love to smile for 2 1/2 hours. SEE IT!!!!

Don't see it if You have no interest in the movie or don’t like to be entertained.

Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Entertaining

See it if If you liked the movie, you will love this. The cast is wonderful,the voices superb it’s an old fashioned musical. Enjoy.

Don't see it if I can’t think why you wouldn’t like this. Sweet soppy and wonderful

Ambitious, Great acting, Must see, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if You loved the movie.

Don't see it if You hated the movie.

Also It has to be difficult to make a musical of a classic motion picture w... Read more Read less

Romantic, Cliched, Slow, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if If you love Bryan Adams music and the movie you will love this. Orfeh one of stars has an unbelievable voice

Don't see it if Acting and singing could have been stronger. I was bored a lot. It would have 10 points if leads had stronger voices

Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Fluffy, Popcorn

See it if You want a fun evening and don’t expect a life-changing experience. It’s worth going just to see Eric Anderson. He’s the real star.

Don't see it if You prefer something with depth and passion. This is the broadway version of a popcorn movie.

Also Go to see Eric Anderson. He plays about 1/3 of the characters in the s... Read more Read less

Delightful, Exquisite, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if See the show if you loved the movie, like a feel good romantic musical comedy, enjoy great choreography, acting and singing.

Don't see it if If you only like very intellectual shows.

Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if It was a really fun show, great karma by the two leads. Singing and staging was really good! It is a fell good show!

Don't see it if If you do not like a love story that deals form rags to riches!

Funny, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You love the movie. Pretty much the same thing, with some singing added. If your in the mood for a romantic comedy.

Don't see it if Worth watching.

Entertaining, Fun, Fluffy

See it if You loved the movie, like happy musicals

Don't see it if You can't imagine Pretty Woman without Julia Roberts, don't like musicals without singable songs

Also Much better than the reviews, very enjoyable. Songs are not memorable ... Read more Read less

Clever, Great acting, Romantic, Entertaining, Enjoyable

See it if you are a movie lover of the story. Cast voices, costumes, was wonderful. Kit is great. Edward and Vivian had great energy together

Don't see it if you expect something over the top. It was "the story" set to songs. If you are looking to be wowed you will be disappointed.

Romantic, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You want to hear some Adams creates and scores music. If you want to see a romantic musical with a predictable ending

Don't see it if Me too means a lot to you. This remake of a silver knight riding out to rescue to fair maiden is a trope that needs to retire

Cliched, Slow

See it if are a fan of musicals that are fluff and puff and not too much depth

Don't see it if you want to see something creative and original

Quirky, Raunchy, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you are a fan of the movie but are alright with some modern-day updating. Samantha Barks and Steve Kazee also give great performances

Don't see it if you are married to the movie's datedness or are hoping the shopping scene is staged with the impact it deserves.

Disappointing, Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You love the movie and like Bryan Adams...

Don't see it if You are expecting something a bit more than the movie.

Also The musical was a bit flat...wanted more then just famous lines from t... Read more Read less

Cliched, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Standard score

See it if you like the movie and want to revisit the story, dialogue & characters, or if you like fluffy, romantic fare that is mildly entertaining.

Don't see it if you felt the movie was just okay & don’t love the story & characters, or you prefer your Broadway muscals to be edgy & thought-provoking.

Also When will creators of Broadway musicals realize that movies are not th... Read more Read less

Overrated, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if if you loved the movie. The story is nicely intact an there are great performances and nice touches.

Don't see it if you have expectations of good music or smart lyrics. Every song, though well performed, was totally forgettable and some cringe-worthy lyric

Disappointing, Great singing

See it if You love the movie.

Don't see it if You appreciate thought out musical numbers and character-driving songs.

Funny, Clever, Romantic, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want to see a love story unfold before your eyes AND if you want to see a star born (Samantha Barks is worth all the money).

Don't see it if you don't like romance, humor, or dancing. You can't not like it.

Delightful, Great acting, Romantic, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it. Wasn't really interested because I knew the movie, but everything came together nicely.

Don't see it if If you don't like romance.

Delightful, Great acting, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if You are a hopeless romantic

Don't see it if You are coldblooded

Disappointing, Cliched, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You want to see the movie with singing (and a little dancing). The talent is fantastic.

Don't see it if You prefer a creative take on the movie. That's not what this is.

Also The talent was excellent and I did enjoy the show, but I was disappoin... Read more Read less

Romantic, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you want to hear Samantha Barks soar as a singer and actress. She deserves to be a star.

Don't see it if The show is overrated and the pieces of the show don't fit together. There are major gaps that need to be filled, music that is ill-suited.

Great acting, Must see, Romantic, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You loved the movie. Anything with Adam Pascal is worth it!

Don't see it if You don’t like shows that are word for word from the movie.

Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Theater lady

See it if I took a group of 23 ladies to see Pretty Woman and we are all very savvy theater goers. To a woman we found the show to be charming,

Don't see it if you choose to listen to the critics, all of whom must have had a very bad day. They missed the boat of this production.

Also upbeat, well acted and well sung. While the songs weren't memorable, t... Read more Read less

Cast & Creatives (16)