Garry Marshall Says Pretty Woman Stage Musical, Developed with Disney, "A Year Away" | Playbill

News Garry Marshall Says Pretty Woman Stage Musical, Developed with Disney, "A Year Away" A musical version of the 1990 film "Pretty Woman," is heading to the stage in the near future, according a interview with the film's director Garry Marshall.

Julia Roberts in the film
Julia Roberts in the film

Earlier this year, Marshall stated that he was meeting with with potential composers, lyricists and directors, but did not name who would write the show's score in his latest interview. Recent readings of the script used "temporary music," he said.

Paula Wagner (Mothers and Sons, Grace) is producing the musical that is in development with Disney, according to Marshall. "It's a year away but Disney’s behind it," he stated.

Marshall added that Disney and the film's screenwriter J.F. Lawton each own half of the property, and that Disney Theatrical Group president Thomas Schumacher "has been very, very supportive and helpful."

The book for the musical version of "Pretty Woman" is by Marshall and Lawton.

He also noted that Disney executives were cautious about presenting a stage musical whose central character was a prostitute, and that it was at one point suggested the role of Vivan Ward, played on screen by Julia Roberts, be rewritten as a model.

The romantic comedy, which brought in $500 million at the box office, was billed as such: "A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets... only to fall in love."

"Pretty Woman" also featured Ralph Bellamy, Jason Alexander, Laura San Giacomo and Alex Hyde-White. Roberts, who was nominated for an Academy Award, won the Golden Globe for her performance.

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