Musician Bryan Adams has begun work on a Pretty Woman Broadway musical.


He and writing partner Jim Vallance are already writing songs and an original score for the production, using the book by the late Gerry Marshall and film screenplay by J.F. Lawton as their basis. The show will feature Les Mis film actress Samantha Barks in her Broadway debut as Vivian, the prostitute portrayed by Julia Roberts in the movie adaptation. Tony Award winner Steve Kazee (Once) will take on Richard Gere‘s role as Vivian’s lover Edward.

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Pretty Woman: The Musical will have the heart, humor, warmth and joy of the film, with a stunning original score,” promises lead producer Paula Wagner.

Jerry Mitchell will serve as director, after previously bring Legally Blonde and Kinky Boots successfully to the stage. He worked with Marshall for over a year on this project before he passed away. The play is set to open fall 2018, after a five week stint at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre beginning March 13, 2018.

“It is not a bad movie to have follow you around for 25-odd years,” Roberts has said, admitting it took her some time to understand its popularity. “I think it takes years to realize that level of how it has been absorbed into popular culture. It takes this many years because those are the words that I hear the most from people. It is nice, at least it is a nice title, you know it could be worse.”

Adams is known for his hits such as “Summer of ’69” and “(Everything I do) I Do it For You.” His latest album Get Up came out in 2015. Adams has put a lot of his time into photography, doing multiple shoots, though music is still his number one priority.