Jerry Mitchell Reveals Details on New Songs, New Scenes & More for Broadway-Bound PRETTY WOMAN Musical
In a new interview with EW, director Jerry Mitchell (KINKY BOOTS, LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL) reveals details of the upcoming stage musical adaptation of Garry Marshall's 1990 classic Pretty Woman. Featuring a book by Marshall and the film's original screenwriter J.F. Lawton, and a new score by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, the musical is aiming to premiere on Broadway during 2018-2019 season.
Discussing how he will translate some of the film's iconic moments to stage, Mitchell shares, "I knew she [Vivian] was going to have to go back to Rodeo Drive and go back to that shop and say, "Big mistake. Huge." It's in a song called "You're Beautiful." It's a big number, and she succeeds in a big way." For the classic scene in which Vivian and Edward go to the opera, the director explains, "I'm going to have an opera box that's sort of going to be floating around the stage while the opera is going to be happening all around them. [Vallance and Adams have] written a beautiful, beautiful ballad called "You and I" that takes us from the night they're getting dressed to go to the opera, all the way to the opera, then I've included the opera ball, where everybody's dancing after the opera at the gala. That takes them back to the penthouse suite where they're getting undressed and getting ready for bed and he falls asleep. It's all in one number. It's going to be quite romantic and magical, I hope."
Regarding the casting of the iconic roles, Mitchell shares, "Vivian needs to be able to sing like a dream, obviously, because it's a new show and a new score, 23 songs and she's got 8 of them, I think. With the role of Vivian, I'm looking for a girl who is vulnerable, who can share those emotions on stage. Also comic timing: It's going to have a lot of comedy in it. Somebody who's really funny is going to be important to the part."