‘Pretty Woman’ to become a Broadway musical

By Julianne Mosher,

One of Julia Roberts’ most famous films will soon be gracing the Broadway stage.

A musical adaptation of Pretty Woman is currently in the works, The New York Post reported last week and plenty of people are wondering why it took so long for the film to finally hit the stage.

Entertainment Weekly confirmed the rumored plans and stated that director Gary Marshall is working with the film’s screenwriter J.F. Lawton and film and theater producer Paula Wagner to plan the stage adaptation.

The 1990 film will be celebrating its 24th birthday later this month and originally brought in $500 million to the box office. The love story of a prostitute who goes from rags to riches with the help of a new love (Richard Gere) will surely join the popular Broadway dramatizations of prostitution including shows like Les Mis and The Sweetest Little Whorehouse in Texas.

In 1994, just two years after the release of the film, an interview was published with the actress and she discussed how she felt as a major movie star.

“They say I can open movies, and that’s nice in that it puts it into people’s minds that women can do it,” she said. “It’s not just Kevin Costner, not just Arnold Schwarzenegger. Not just guys.”

This powerful mindset for the Academy Award winning actress comes into play with the release of the musical and the impact the film has made on Broadway.

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