The show is based on the hit 1990 movie starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere as a prostitute and wealthy businessman who fall into an unlikely romance. Samantha Barks, who is probably best known for her turn as Eponine in the 2012 film version of “Les Misérables,” will play the title role.
Kazee won the 2012 Tony Award for best actor in a musical for his performance as Guy in another film-to-stage adaptation, “Once — The Musical.” The award completed an unlikely journey from a modest upbringing in Ashland to Broadway stardom. He was introduced to music by teachers at Boyd County and Fairview high schools and then stumbled into musical theater when he accompanied a friend to an audition at Morehead State and ended up being cast in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”
The Tony win was a bittersweet moment for Kazee, as his mother, Kathy Withrow Kazee, died after a long battle with breast cancer, as the show was preparing to open.
Since winning his Tony, Kazee has been busy on screen with roles in series such as “Nashville,” “Shameless,” and “Legends.” “Pretty Woman” will mark his return to the Great White Way.
According to NPR, the musical will premiere at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre in a five-week run starting March 13 and move to Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre in the Fall of 2018. The music will be by Bryan Adams — yes, the Bryan Adams — and Jim Vallance. The show will be directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, who has been good for Kentucky stage artists as he guided Laura Bell Bundy to her Tony-nominated turn in 2007 as Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde — The Musical.”
Rich Copley: @copiousnotes