Are you ready to fall in love all over again? “Pretty Woman” the film was a smash hit when it was released in 1990. Now, 32 years later, the story jumps from the screen to the stage with Pretty Woman: The Musical — which makes its Music City debut at Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Jackson Hall Sept. 27 through Oct. 2.
Starring Tony Award-nominee Adam Pascal as Edward Lewis and rising star Olivia Valli as the charming and charismatic Vivian Ward, the story springs to life with a creative team led by two-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde). The show features a book co-written by the film’s director, the late Garry Marshall.
Pretty Woman: The Musical features an original score by Grammy winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance (Summer of ’69, Heaven). In an interview, director Jerry Mitchell said that the score “has the feel of late ’80s-early ’90s rock: That’s one of the great things about Bryan Adams — it’s where he lives. So you’ve got the rock and roll stuff, the up-tempos.” Roy Orbison’s “Oh, Pretty Woman” was originally excluded from the musical. However, the show started including it after a fortuitous curtain call in 2019.
It centers around a free spirited Hollywood prostitute Vivian Ward, who is hired by Edward Lewis, a wealthy businessman, to be his escort for several business and social functions, and their developing relationship over the course of her week-long stay with him.
Single tickets start at $33 and are on sale now at TPAC, by phone at 615-782-4040 and in person at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St., in downtown Nashville.