Pretty Woman: The Musical (Chicago)
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Pretty Woman: The Musical (Chicago) Reviews and Tickets

79%
(29 Reviews)
Positive
86%
Mixed
14%
Negative
0%
Members say
Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Fluffy, Delightful

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').

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Member Reviews (29)

73
Fluffy, Great singing, Raunchy, Quirky

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.

62
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.

Critic Reviews (10)

March 29th, 2018

"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."
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March 29th, 2018

"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."
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March 29th, 2018

"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."
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March 29th, 2018

"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."
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March 29th, 2018

"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."
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March 29th, 2018

"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."
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March 30th, 2018

"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."
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March 29th, 2018

"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.’"
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March 30th, 2018

"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."
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March 30th, 2018

"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."
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