Pretty Woman is about to get the Broadway treatment, with Les Miserables star Samantha Barks portraying the role of Vivian (the role made famous by Julia Roberts), and Tony-winning performer Steve Kazee stepping into the role of Edward (portrayed by Richard Gere in the film). The upcoming musical will feature songs co-written by Bryan Adams and a script that Garry Marshall (the director of the original Pretty Woman film) worked on before his death last summer.
Pretty Woman is that property with one of the highest-grossing romantic comedies of all time (raking in $463 million in total worldwide), the 1990 classic earned Julia Roberts a Golden Globe win and an Academy Award nomination (her first of either in a leading role).
The film centers on a businessman named Edward who hires a prostitute named Vivian to stay with him for the weekend. As they spend time together, they begin to develop a bond, and Edward soon finds himself falling in love with her. Eventually, hilarity AND drama ensue as they find themselves forced to reconcile their decidedly different worlds in their quest to stay together.
The stage production of Pretty Woman will start in Chicago next March and then move to Broadway in the autumn of 2018.