A pretty, nice and clever girl from a very poor family meets a rich, charming but somewhat snobbish man. Although they are divided by enormous social differences, they fall in love and change one another. Although that may seem like a summary of Cinderella, this is actually a modern story that is just as popular and well-known. What perhaps needs to be added is that the main characters in this romance are called Vivian and Edward, that she is a prostitute and he a businessman, and that it will bring back memories of a certain 1990 film starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. Garry Marshall´s American comedy movie is, without a doubt, one of the most popular films of the 1990s, even though it was made at the very beginning of that decade. With a budget of 14 million dollars and earnings of 463 million, it was also a serious blockbuster, and it not only brought Julia Roberts a Golden Globe, but also kicked off her career as a movie star.
In 2014, screenwriter J.F. Lawton decided, together with the director, Marshall, to adapt the popular story for the stage. Even though Marshall died during the preparations, the producers continued with the work, convinced that Garry would have wanted it that way. They wanted to make a musical, so they approached Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance and had them write music and songs for it. These musicians were chosen due to the high profile they enjoyed in the 1990s where the story is deeply rooted, and they do a great job of conjuring up the atmosphere of those years. The musical version of Pretty Woman had its premiere in Chicago in 2018, from where it quickly moved to Broadway, and its London premiere was prepared for the spring of 2020. It is fantastic that we can also offer our audience this new production so quickly, as a Czech premiere directed by Stanislav Moša!