Pretty Woman, the hit 1990 romantic comedy movie which made a star of Julia Roberts, is headed to Broadway as a musical. Garry Marshall, who directed the film, is in New York with producer Paula Wagner (The Heiress with Jessica Chastain) to interview composers, lyricists and directors to work on the project. J.F. Lawton, who authored the screenplay, will co-write the book for the musical with Marshall.
Marshall, best-known for his film and TV work, has previous theater credits including writing and directing a stage version of his hit series Happy Days which toured regionally; writing a short-lived Broadway comedy called The Roast; and co-authoring Wrong Turn at Lungfish (with Lowell Ganz) which had an Off-Broadway run starring George C. Scott.
Influenced by George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion and My Fair Lady, the subsequent musical version, Pretty Woman focuses on the unexpected romantic relationship between a suave but cold millionaire and the rough-edged prostitute he hires to act as his escort at social functions. Starring Richard Gere as the businessman, the film launched Roberts’ career and grossed more than $400 million worldwide. It’s considered by many critics as the most successful romantic comedy of all time.
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