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Unfortunately, not an outstanding performance (November 17/22 Ottawa) which was largely unbalanced and lacking in terms of character portrayal and delivery. At times some scenes came across like a high school play and for $300 for two orchestra seats, value for entertainment was questionable, there’s certainly room for improvement. I had to ask myself did I miss something when the finale brought the full house audience to a standing ovation. Sadly, the two main actors for Vivian and Edward just didn’t get past two-dimensional characters delivering lines, unconvincingly and without the emotion the scene demanded and the fuller portrayal of their characters. As for their singing voices, Edward admittedly with a fine vocal range, was often just too loud and overbearing. On the other hand, Vivian’s musical voice was at times frail, lacking projection and timbre and her speaking lines delivered without much in-character emotion. By contrast, the supporting actors with significant theatrical stage experience brought life to the plot and stood out in their performances. Noteworthy, Kit’s performance was excellent, she was immersed in the character, and she raised the bar on how the part should be acted in this romantic comedy.
Kudos for set designs, blocking and scene changes, the lively chorus ensemble and supporting cast, musicians, and costumes. The Adams/Vallace musical score was presented by a tight, small combo group, and I could hear audible echoes of the writing duo’s top pop compositions, motifs, and chord progressions in various bars of the songs.
Patricia Wornom from San Antonio, Texas
PRETTY WOMAN, THE MUSICAL
Hard to recreate such an iconic film. I did not care for the expanded story of Kit. I felt the actor portraying Edward did not fit the character. Not a bad actor or singer, just not a good fit. His singing voice was all wrong for the character. Sounded more like he would be with a band or a country singer. I enjoyed the actors playing the hotel manager and main bellboy. Playing the theme song at the end of the show was a disappointment.
NDub from Detroit, Michigan
WAS THIS REALLY NECESSARY?
I didn't have high hopes for this in the first place. Maybe I don't understand the appeal of reimagining a 90's romcom into a 2 hour musical. But good grief, I needed some wine and crackers to go along with the sheer CHEESINESS of this thing. The acting was so overblown and over the top, it felt like a play for children. Olivia Valli's portrayal was so obnoxious and over the top, it was completely unbelievable that she had charm enough to win the affections of anyone, let alone a billionaire. The movie worked because even though the 2 main characters were from opposites sides of the tracks, there was a something endearing about both of them that allowed them to fall for each other. I never would have imagined that these rolls required any kind of gravitas to pull off, but apparently they do because the absence of it is on full display on this production.
The 2 stars are for Amma Osei's voice. Amazing.
Tina from St. Louis, Missouri
Pretty Woman is my all time favorite movie. I just could not get into the show, the actress who played Vivian was too over the top. My husband and I left at intermission. It was also distracting having the ushers walking up and down the aisles during the show with paddles saying wear your mask.
Kimberly G from St. Louis, Missouri
Bored 😴 not at all what I was expecting...
Disappointed Customer from Minneapolis, Minnesota
NOT WORTH IT
The set was poor. High school production has better set. Vivian was a little over the top. Her voice was mediocre. Country song?! Really? Kit had a phenomenal voice. Opera was awe-inspiring. Just wasn’t worth the time and money spent. Disappointing.
from Minneapolis, Minnesota
The supporting cast was great, the set was great but I just could not get over Vivian's over the top and plain out bad acting. It was hard to enjoy the show when the main character was obnoxious and not at all charming. The Kit character was great and so were so many other roles. The music was meh not horrible but nothing that move me.
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