Ever since Pretty Woman: The Musical was announced, the West End has been waiting for the news of a transfer, and now the wait is over.
It was announced today (September 9) that Pretty Woman: The Musical will open at London’s Piccadilly Theatre on February 14, 2020 (yep Valentine’s Day) for limited 46 week run. Pretty Woman: The Musical is directed and choreographed by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde) and features original music and lyrics from Bryan Adams and Jim Valance. The book has been co-written by Garry Marshall (the original film’s director) and the film’s screenwriter J.F. Lawton.
“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 dazzlingly theatrical take on a love story for the ages.”
Brought to life by a powerhouse creative team representing the best of music, Hollywood and Broadway, Pretty Woman: The Musical is guaranteed to lift your spirits and light up your heart.”
Talking of the announcement, Ambassador Theatre Group spokesperson Adam Speers said; “The West End loves a big night out and none come bigger than this new production re-telling the iconic and much loved movie. The UK has rocked to the legendary work of Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance for decades and we cannot wait to welcome audiences to the show”.
Producer Paula Wagner said: “It is really wonderful that UK audiences will get to experience Pretty Woman: The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre next year. Bryan and Jim’s original score for the show brings an electric new dimension to Garry Marshall and J.F. Lawton’s beloved film. We were so fortunate to have Garry working with J.F. on the book of the show. They really captured the essence of Pretty Woman, and along with Jerry’s skillful direction and choreography, this classic love story really has become a great night out at the theatre. 2020 also marks 30 years since the release of the film, and I can’t think of a better place than the Piccadilly Theatre to celebrate!”
There is no news on who will take on the iconic roles of Edward and Vivian, however it would not be unsurprising if Samantha Barks who originated the role on Broadway, returned home to the West End for the show. I would also love it if Andy Karl (Groundhog Day) came back to London to reprise his role as Edward.
Pretty Woman: The Musical has costumes designed by Mitchell’s long time costume designer Gregg Barnes (Kinky Boots), with sets designed by David Rockwell and lighting design by Kenneth Posner and Philip S. Rosenberg.
Whilst we are waiting for Valentine’s Day 2020, you can always listen to the Original Broadway Cast recording which is available on all digital music platforms.
Tickets will be available for general sale at 8am BST on Friday September 13.