Pretty Woman: The Musical reviews: What did the critics say?
It’s the Hollywood romcom that’s captured audiences for generations. Now, Rodeo Drive comes to the West End in style with Pretty Woman: The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre. See the relationship between iconic characters Vivian Ward and Edward Lewis unfold before your very eyes, with the musical featuring Roy Orbison’s well-known song and a book by the movie’s original director and screenwriter, Garry Marshall and J.F. Lawton respectively. Read what the critics had to say about the show in these Pretty Woman: The Musical reviews and book your tickets now.
Pretty Woman: The Musical reviews at the Piccadilly Theatre
“Pretty Woman: The Musical seeks to combine a hard-edged reality with a real romance and happy ending. Aimie Atkinson, in the Julia Roberts role of Vivian Ward, has a perfect combination of quirky vulnerability and the strength of a survivor; and there’s good support from Rachael Wooding and Neil McDermott as friends to each of them. If Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance’s score lacks serious break-out hits of its own, there’s at least a curtain call reprise of Roy Orbison’s famous 1964 hit single that gave the original film its title to send you out on a high.”
“Jerry Mitchell’s light-touch direction and choreography, and David Rockwell’s impressionistic sets, underline the idea that this is an escapist fairytale, not remotely real. Danny Mac plays it straight and gives the coltish, magnetic Atkinson room to shine. One of the original stars of Six the Musical in the West End, she is infectious in her glee, intensely moving when hurt, and brings both power and depth to her big numbers.”
“They keep you waiting a long time for that famous title song, which finally arrives at the close, after a playful false start or two. Is it worth being patient? Yes, it is, even if this show is ultimately just another attempt to cash in on the success of a film. If you’re seeking to relive popcorn memories, you will have fun muttering along with the romcom’s snappiest lines.”
“Jerry Mitchell dutifully recreates the key scenes – the shopping sequence, the polo match, the other shopping sequence… the strikingly staged and musically inventive scene in which Edward takes Vivian to the opera… As Vivian’s best friend Kit, Rachael Wooding has a belting voice and warmth to spare, but the production seems far more enamoured with Bob Harms, who doubles as both Barney, the paternal hotel manager, and an insufferably cheery street vendor-cum-narrator who is constantly banging on about chasing your dreams.”
“This feels like a shallow and at times tasteless show but, within the rules of a romcom, it works in its central, schmaltzy storyline of love despite the odds. Rachael Wooding as Vivian’s fellow sex worker, Kit, is especially impressive alongside Bob Harms in his double role as the hotel manager and a figure called Happy Man. We wait for Roy Orbison’s signature song, which comes at the end and is the best musical moment of the night.”