When Pretty Woman: The Musical, the stage adaptation of the 1990 romantic comedy, arrives at London's Piccadilly Theatre, the cast will be headed by Aimie Atkinson (Olivier nominee for Six) as Vivian and Danny Mac (Wicked, Legally Blonde) as Edward.
Previews will begin February 13, 2020, at the Piccadilly, where it will play a limited engagement of 46 weeks. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
Director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell said in a statement, “When I first saw Aimie, I knew I wanted to work with her. Her star quality, attack, and voice in Six leapt off the stage. I have wanted to work with the very talented Danny Mac for ages. His voice is perfectly suited for Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance’s romantic score. Together, Aimie and Danny will make the West End production of Pretty Woman: The Musical sizzle, and with them we’ll all be falling in love again with Garry Marshall and JF Lawton's romantic story.”
Directed and choreographed by Mitchell, the musical began previews on Broadway July 20, 2018, and opened August 16, following a world premiere in Chicago. At the time of closing, it played 27 previews and 420 regular performances.
The opening-night cast included Samantha Barks as Vivian and Andy Karl as Edward. Jillian Mueller and Brennin Hunt (of Fox's Rent) took over those roles July 22.
Based on the movie about a star-crossed meeting between a sex worker and a disillusioned businessman, the stage musical features a book co-written by the film’s director, the late Garry Marshall, and screenwriter J.F. Lawton, plus music by Grammy winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. Also featured in the musical is Roy Orbison and Bill Dee’s hit song “Oh, Pretty Woman.”
A national tour will launch in Providence, Rhode Island, in 2020.
The London production features scenic design by David Rockwell, costumes by Tom Rogers from the original Broadway designs by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Kenneth Posner and Philip S. Rosenberg, sound design by John Shivers, hair design by Josh Marquette, and music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations by Will Van Dyke. 101 Productions, Ltd. is the US general manager.
Pretty Woman: The Musical will be produced in London by Ambassador Theatre Group Productions, Paula Wagner, Nice Productions, and LPO.