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Pretty Woman: The Musical (Chicago)

Members say: Great singing, Fluffy, Cliched, Disappointing, Entertaining

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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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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85
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

80
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

80
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

70
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

70
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

60
Variety

"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

60
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

55
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

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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

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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


82
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

73
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.

70
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

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.

70
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


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