Director Garry Marshall Speaks Out About Pretty Woman Musical
Director Garry Marshall will rework the classic romantic comedy into a stage adaptation, PEOPLE has confirmed
Cue the Roy Orbison theme song – Pretty Woman is making its way to Broadway.
Director Garry Marshall has spoken out about his plans to turn the classic 1990 rom-com into a musical, confirming the ongoing speculation.
“I had so much fun doing Pretty Woman the first time around that I’m trying it again as a Broadway musical,” the director, 80, said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. “We have secured the rights to do a stage adaptation.”
The veteran writer-producer also revealed that he is collaborating on the theatrical version with producer Paula Wagner and the author of the original screenplay, J.F. Lawton.
Marshall – who is also known for his work on The Odd Couple, Runaway Bride and The Princess Diaries – first received a draft of the original “dramatic and dark” script 25 years ago. He was asked to lighten up the love story, turning a tale of a scrappy prostitute Vivian (played by Julia Roberts) and a lonely financier (Richard Gere) into a “fairy tale with a happy ending,” he said.
More than two decades later, Marshall hopes that the film’s ’90s charm will translate to the Broadway stage. “To see Vivian and Edward brought to life again with music will hopefully be something to cheer about the second time around too,” he said
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