Samantha Barks, who played Eponine in the 2012 big-screen musical “Les Misérables,” will star opposite “Shameless” actor Steve Kazee in the Broadway-bound musical version of “Pretty Woman.”
The new production, with a score by Grammy winner Bryan Adams and his longtime songwriting partner Jim Vallance, will premiere at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre on March 13, 2018, in advance of an expected Broadway opening in fall 2018.
Two-time Tony winner Jerry Mitchell will direct the new musical, which boasts a book by the late director Garry Marshall and the 1990 film’s screenwriter J.F. Lawton.
Barks, who made her movie debut in the Oscar-winning musical “Les Misérables,” will make her Broadway debut as Vivian, the prostitute hired by a millionaire corporate raider who winds up capturing his heart. Julia Roberts and Richard Gere memorably starred in Marshall’s movie, which reinvented the modern romantic comedy.
Kazee won a Tony Award in 2012 for Best Actor in a Musical starring in another stage adaptation of a hit movie, “Once.” He subsequently starred in the TNT series “Legends” and Showtime’s “Shameless.”
The show’s team also includes scenic designer David Rockwell, costumer Gregg Barnes, lighting designers Kenneth Posner and Philip S. Rosenberg, sound designer by John Shivers, hair designer Josh Marquette and music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Will Van Dyke.
The show is produced by Paula Wagner, Nice Productions, LPO, New Regency Productions, Roy Furman, James L. Nederlander, Caiola Productions, Hunter Arnold, Stage Entertainment and The John Gore Organization.