ARTS & CULTURE
Pretty Woman: The Musical Dazzles at Walton Arts Center
By Anna VanHorn | Photos courtesy by Joan Marcus
You’d be hard pressed to find someone who still hasn’t seen the classic rom-com movie Pretty Woman. One of Hollywood’s most beloved films, it tells the story of Vivian Ward and Edward Lewis, an unlikely pair who overcome the odds to find love in Hollywood.
Pretty Woman: The Musical will be making its Arkansas debut at Walton Arts Center Sept. 20-25 in an eight-show run. Brought to the stage by lead producer Paula Wagner, the show features an original score by Grammy winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance (“Summer of ’69,” “Heaven”), and a book by the movie’s legendary director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J. F. Lawton.
The musical springs to life with a powerhouse creative team led by two-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde). The touring cast stars Broadway superstar and Tony Award nominee Adam Pascal as Edward Lewis and rising star Olivia Valli (granddaughter of Frankie Valli of the Four Seasons) as the charming and charismatic Vivian Ward.
Of Pascal’s portrayal of Edward, the Chicago Tribune said, “The score by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance is a lot of nostalgic fun for Pascal to sing, and his presence here will surely appeal to former Rent-heads who once rocked out to Roger and are happy to slide back into the lite rock sounds of the 1990s.”
Pretty Woman — the film — was an international smash hit when it was released in 1990. Now, 30 years later, Pretty Woman: The Musical is “Big romance and big fun!” said Broadway.com. “Irresistible! A romantic fantasy. A contemporary fairy tale,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Pretty Woman: The Musical recreates the iconic movie, bringing all the magic of the original to life on stage. With the characters you love and the characters you love to hate, Pretty Woman: The Musical delivers on all the iconic moments you remember. Get ready to experience this dazzling theatrical take on a love story for the ages.
To miss Pretty Woman: The Musical at Walton Arts Center? Big mistake… huge.
Add on a cocktail class Sept. 30, and our master mixologists will lead you through the steps to create two themed drinks paired with light appetizers. Tickets for the show range from $41 to $92, and the cocktail class is $35.
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