Pretty Woman: The Musical Is a Delight (Review)

Pretty Woman Musical (L to R) Adam Pascal and Olivia Valli. Photo by Matthew Murphy for MurphyMade
Pretty Woman: The Musical (L to R) Adam Pascal and Olivia Valli. Photo by Matthew Murphy for MurphyMade

Pretty Woman is a classic Hollywood romantic film starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, directed by Garry Marshall and written by J. F. Lawton. The film’s production budget was $14 million, and it became a hit sensation and grossed over $463 million at the global box office. Decades later, it was adapted into a musical and premiered in Chicago in 2018.

Pretty Woman: The Musical is now touring across the country in 32 cities, and it arrived in Los Angeles at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood under Broadway in Hollywood. We had the chance to check out the show on opening night, and it featured enjoyable characters and great performances while receiving a standing ovation at the end.

The stage musical is set in 1980s Hollywood, where a Hollywood sex worker, Vivian Ward (played by Olivia Valli), is learning the tips of the streets from her friend and roommate, Kit De Luca (played by Jessica Crouch). She meets Edward Lewis, a wealthy and handsome businessman played by Adam Pascal (Rent), and her life gets turned into a Cinderella story.

The Pretty Woman: The Musical Cast

The cast of Pretty Woman: The Musical is stellar. Pascal’s signature voice is unmistakable and is truly something to experience in person. His performance of “Freedom” feels effortless and emotional, even if the lyrics are about a rich man who just wants to break away from his current life. Valli is lovely and sizzling at the same time, and she brings an adorable allure to the stage. She can hold her own with songs like “I Can’t Go Back” where her character desires to be more than what she was.

The supporting performers are also magnificent, especially Jessica Crouch as De Luca and Kyle Taylor Parker as Happy Man. Both actors electrify the stage with Crouch’s captivating and strong voice and Taylor Parker’s charisma whenever he’s in a scene.

The original songs are fun and nice, but overall none were really catchy that had a lasting effect on us after the show was over. Of course, we can’t forget about the iconic song, “Oh, Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison that’s been featured in the film. The show does a good job of teasing their version to the audience, and it does not disappoint.

A PG-13 Musical?

The musical features sex workers and includes a little bit of implied sexual content, so it’s no surprise that this is one of the spiciest stage musicals I’ve seen. There are scenes that really push the boundaries of a major musical production. As a result, Pretty Woman: The Musical feels like a PG-13 movie that almost crosses the R rating line.

Final Reaction

Pretty Woman: The Musical is a delightful show and the actors really elevate the music and story including Olivia Valli, Adam Pascal, Jessica Crouch, and Kyle Taylor Parker. There are corny moments including a song about dreams, but hey, it is a musical.

Pretty Woman: Show Information

Pretty Woman: The Musical is set in 1980s Hollywood and will be shown at the Dolby Theatre from June 15 to July 3, 2022. It will play Tuesday through Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., and Sundays at 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are available starting at $39 and are available to purchase at www.BroadwayInHollywood.com or www.Ticketmaster.com. You can also get tickets by phone at 800-982-2782 or at the Dolby Theatre Box office located at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard.

Pretty Woman: The Musical is recommended for ages 13 and up. The run time is 2 hours and 30 minutes including intermission.

For those wanting to see the show in Orange County, the tour will also head to Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa from July 5 to July 17, 2022. Tickets are available at www.SCFTA.Org starting at $28.

About Pretty Woman: The Musical

Pretty Woman: The Musical, based on one of Hollywood’s most beloved romantic stories of all time, is now on tour! Starring Broadway superstar and Tony Award-nominee Adam Pascal as Edward Lewis and rising star Olivia Valli as the charming and charismatic Vivian Ward, Pretty Woman: The Musical springs to life with a powerhouse creative team led by two-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde).

Brought to the stage by lead producer Paula Wagner, Pretty Woman: The Musical features an original score by Grammy winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance (“Summer of ’69”, “Heaven”), and a book by the movie’s legendary director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J. F. Lawton.

Featured in the musical is Roy Orbison and Bill Dee’s international smash hit song “Oh, Pretty Woman.”

For more information, visit https://prettywomanthemusical.com/.

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