Pretty Woman, the new musical romantic comedy that opened at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre late last summer, will launch a North American Tour in 2020. The musical, which is based on the popular film of the same name, features music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, and a book by Garry Marshall and screenwriter J.F. Lawton. The tour will commence in October 2020, at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
J.L. “Lynn” Singleton, President and CEO of the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) said “We’re ecstatic to be the venue chosen to launch the national tour of Pretty Woman: The Musical. The story is so well-known and beloved, it is a part of American culture. Giving our Rhode Island audiences the chance to be the first to see this dazzling and romantic musical live on our stage will be nothing short of spectacular! PPAC has been honored to open more than 17 tours in the past decade, and we look forward to welcoming the entire company to Providence.”
Pretty Woman opened on Broadway on August 16, 2018 under the direction and choreographic mind of two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell. Currently in its eleventh month at the Nederlander Theatre, Pretty Woman just played its 300th performance. The piece currently stars Samantha Barks as Vivian opposite three-time TonyAward nominee and Laurence Olivier Award winner Andy Karl Groundhog Day, Rocky) as Edward.
Rounding out the cast are Tony Award nominee Orfeh (Legally Blonde) as ‘Kit’, Eric Anderson (Waitress) as Mr. Thompson, Jason Danieley (The Full Monty) as Philip Stuckey, and Kingsley Leggs (Sister Act) as James Morse.
The company includes Allison Blackwell, Tommy Bracco, Brian Calì, Robby Clater, Jessica Crouch, Nico DeJesus, AnnaEilinsfeld, Matt Farcher, Lauren Lim Jackson, Renée Marino, Ellyn Marie Marsh, Jillian Mueller, JakeOdmark, Jennifer Sanchez, Matthew Stocke, Alex Michael Stoll, Alan Wiggins, Jesse Wildman Foster, and Darius Wright.
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.