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‘Pretty Woman’ heading to Broadway as a musical

Postby berlioz on Wed Mar 12, 2014 6:07 pm

‘Pretty Woman’ heading to Broadway as a musical

Here’s a good idea for a musical: A girl is struggling to make ends meet. She’s selling all that she has. A man comes along and is willing to buy what she has to offer, though what she is selling is not what he wants.

If the girl is selling flowers in Covent Garden, we have, of course, Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison in “My Fair Lady,” which, as far as I am concerned, is the perfect musical.

But let’s imagine she’s selling something else. Let’s imagine she’s selling herself.

And instead of Rex Harrison, let’s cast Richard Gere.

And instead of Julie Andrews, let’s cast Julia Roberts.

And now we have the new version of “My Fair Lady.”

It’s called “Pretty Woman.”

And it made $500 million at the box office.

I’m surprised it’s taken this long for someone to figure out that the 1990 megahit could be a musical.

But — “all I want is a room somewhere” — somebody has: Garry Marshall, who directed that terrific movie.

He’s in town this week with producer Paula Wagner, and they’re meeting with composers, lyricists and directors, all of whom are vying to bring “Pretty Woman” to the stage.

J.F. Lawton, who wrote the screenplay, is going to write the script, and he has a lot of sway in how this show will come together.

I’ve looked up Mr. Lawton’s other credits and I’m concerned. He wrote “Under Siege” and “Blankman.”

Clearly, we’re not working with Arthur Laurents here.

There is no “Gypsy” or “West Side Story” listed among his Wikipedia entries.

But I’m willing to give Lawton the benefit of the doubt. He reinvented “My Fair Lady” for a new generation with “Pretty Woman.”

And that’s exactly what Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe did when they took George Bernard Shaw’s play “Pygmalion” and turned it into “My Fair Lady.”

So long to an old friend, the critic and writer Martin Gottfried:

If you’re reading this column, then I have no doubt you have on your bookshelf Martin’s 1979 book, “Broadway Musicals.”

It was published by Abrams back in the day when publishers had the money to spend on lavishly illustrated coffee table books. Martin’s book was, as my friend John Barlow calls it, “the bible of musical theater.”

Martin captured in prose and pictures the history of the Broadway musical, from Irving Berlin to Stephen Sondheim, from “Oklahoma!” to “A Chorus Line.”

I read that book cover to cover on the day I got it from the Fireside Book Club (a primitive version of Amazon.com) when I was 15.

Most kids fall in love with musical theater when they do “Bye Bye Birdie” in high school.

I fell in love with musical theater the day the Fireside Book Club sent me Martin Gottfried’s “Broadway Musicals.”

Boy, does Martin have a lot to answer for!

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Re: ‘Pretty Woman’ heading to Broadway as a musical

Postby swamer on Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:45 pm

That would be a nice musical. But, I'm surprised Hollywood didn't think about a movie remake, as it is a classic.
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Re: ‘Pretty Woman’ heading to Broadway as a musical

Postby berlioz on Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:55 pm

i don't know, it looks like a remake is bound to happen someday... but pretty woman is classic not for the story but for its actors, so the same formula with different talents it's not gonna work. it's like breakfast at tiffany's: after 50 years no remake yet because nobody else could be holly golightly.
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Re: ‘Pretty Woman’ heading to Broadway as a musical

Postby mcv on Wed Mar 12, 2014 10:10 pm

since most successes are eventually remade, no doubt it'd be remade in the future. that said, the broadway musical idea is sweet.
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Re: ‘Pretty Woman’ heading to Broadway as a musical

Postby berlioz on Tue Mar 18, 2014 9:20 pm

It's Official, 'Pretty Woman' Is Heading To Broadway

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Re: ‘Pretty Woman’ heading to Broadway as a musical

Postby swamer on Fri Apr 03, 2015 7:05 pm

Now that all the internet is talking about it, Emmy Rossum's name was mentioned in several websites especially for her singing abilities. The other day, there was a poll where Rossum, Stone, Kendrick, Seyfried and Michele (LOL) were proposed. Personnally I like Rossum but I just can't see her good enough. A big NO to Michele, so my favorite is Stone obviously.

So who do you think would be appropriate for playing vivian?


Edit: If only Chastain was 20 years younger, hahaha
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Re: ‘Pretty Woman’ heading to Broadway as a musical

Postby mcv on Sat Apr 04, 2015 6:54 am

someone unknown would be good.
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Re: ‘Pretty Woman’ heading to Broadway as a musical

Postby swamer on Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:03 pm

Samantha Barks from Les Miserables, the only movie I know her from, was cast as Vivian.
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