"Pretty Woman" has officially moved from the screen to the stage, and now to your earbuds.
It was hard to distinguish cast from crowd at Nomo SoHo on Monday night, where the team behind "Pretty Woman: The Musical" was celebrating the release of the official Broadway recording at an intimate reception. When not performing, cast members Samantha Barks (Les Miserables) and Andy Karl (Groundhog Day: The Musical) could be found rubbing elbows and making small talk with fellow theater lovers.
Barks and Karl — who take on the roles originated by Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, respectively — treated the small audience to favorites from the new show, including "Anywhere But Here," "Freedom," and "Never Give up on a Dream." But perhaps the biggest treat of the night was a surprise appearance by Bryan Adams, who co-wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway adaptation. Adams was joined by his cast for a performance of his 1985 hit, "Summer of '69."
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"Pretty Woman: The Musical" is based on the 1990s romantic comedy, with a book by Garry Marshall (who also directed the film) and music and lyrics by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. Its run continues at the Nederlander Theatre in New York City. Not in NYC and want the fairy tale right now? Get your hands on the cast album by Atlantic Records.
Rebecca Linde is a writer and cultural critic in NYC. She tweets about pop culture and television @rklinde.
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