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What happened to the theme song???? Ruined it for me....just threw it in at the end while everyone was leaving and it was awful. Loved the opera singers!! Vivian's role was too over the top...not at all like the movie. It was entertaining but was disappointed.
Laurie from Boston, Massachusetts
PRETTY WOMAN THE MUSICAL
First of all I think trying to create a musical based on such an iconic and ridiculously well-loved movie ESPECIALLY one starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere was going to be an enormous feat. And set up to fail on a certain level through no fault of the actors'. With that being said here's my review. The actors and actresses voices were wonderful. Very talented in that respect. The acting itself was both good and mediocre at different times. I agree with another reviewer that it took me a bit to warm up to Edward but I found myself really liking him and his unconventional rasy voice. Vivian on the other hand was a character I really couldn't connect with. Her lines seems forced and somewhat unnatural. Which was really tough for me as she is my FAVORITE character in the movie. Although certainly musically talented, she just didn't deliver a believable performance in most scenes. Although, I am sure there is an element of bias in my review. I would not want to be silently compared to Julia Roberts. A
I was also disappointed that a couple of iconic scenes in the movie were replaced with more socially accepted concepts. I certainly agree with the reasons behind the changes but disappointed nonetheless to see the original scenes missing or changed. The musical additions and dance numbers were fine. I certainly wasn't expecting the musical to be exactly like the movie itsel; I attend these shows because of my love for the theater. Overall, enjoyable but that was also because I was enjoying the experience with my family. I applaud the actors for taking this project on and my hope is the characters grow into their roles more so with time.
Dawn McCrary from Madison, Wisconsin
EAR PLUGS NEEDED
A fun mindless play. The audio was sooo loud it was hard to enjoy.
Some of the softer songs were loud enough for the whole play.
It was also hard to listen to “Edwards” song as he has a real country sound to his voice. Didn’t really blend well with “Vivian’s.”
RCN from Ottawa, Ontario
SOME STRENGTHS....SOME WEAKNESSES
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.
Sue from Vancouver, British Columbia
It was just ok. Like other reviewers, high school production at best. The set was underwhelming. Lead performances completely lacked chemistry....instead they were going through the motions. The connection and passion what was supposed to bring them together was completely lacking. The actor's who played Kit and the narrator - outstanding. Multiple comments that the women who played Kit should have been cast for Vivian's role. It was, just, ok.
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.
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