Tony-nominated Broadway star Adam Pascal will join the production of the Broadway musical Pretty Woman. Pascal, who best remembered for originating the role of “Roger” in the original 1996 Broadway production of Jonathan Larson’s legendary iconic musical Rent. Pascal will join the production in the role of Edward Lewis, spelling Andy Karl when he takes a leave from the production this January. His short stint with the show will commence January 15 and conclude on January 20.
Besides his Tony-nominated performance in Rent, Adam Pascal has appeared on Broadway in Cabaret, playing the Master of Ceremonies in 2003. He originated the role of Radames in the Disney musical Aida with a score by Elton John and Tim Rice. He was a replacement for the character of Huey in Memphis in 2011, played Billy Flynn in Chicago in 2013, originated the role of Chad in 2016’s Disaster!, and played William Shakespeare in 2016 in the musical comedy Something Rotten!
Pretty Woman is adapted from the popular 1990 film of the same name by screenwriter J.F. Lawton, with direction by the late Garry Marshall who, together, are responsible for the stage production’s book. Director-choreographer Jerry Mitchell helms the production that stars Samantha Barks, Andy Karl, Orfeh, Jason Danieley, Eric Anderson, and Ezra Knight. The ensemble includes Allison Blackwell, Tommy Bracco, Brian Calì, Robby Clater, Jessica Crouch, Nico DeJesus, Anna Eilinsfeld, Matt Farcher, Lauren Lim Jackson, Renée Marino, Ellyn Marie Marsh, Jillian Mueller, Jake Odmark, Jennifer Sanchez, Matthew Stocke, Alex Michael Stoll, Alan Wiggins, Jesse Wildman Foster, and Darius Wright.
“Based on one of the most beloved romantic comedies of all time, this modern spin on Cinderella is the story of Vivian, a spirited diamond in the rough who dreams of a better life. A star-crossed meeting with Edward, a shrewd corporate raider from New York who is lost in Hollywood, turns a simple business deal into a week of romance and a journey of self-discovery for both Vivian and Edward. This contemporary theatrical take on the iconic love story will sweep a new generation off their feet and make them believe in the power of “Happily Ever After.”
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.