PNC Broadway Brings ‘Pretty Woman’ to the Benedum (Tues., 2/1/22)

PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL by Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance, Garry Marshall, and J. F. Lawton. Touring company at Benedum Center, Feb. 1 -6.

Corporate raider, Edward Lewis (Adam Pascal) chats up call girl Vivian Ward (Olivia Valli) for a 'date' in PNC Broadway's 'Pretty Woman.' (photo: Matthew Murphy for MurphyMade)

Corporate raider, Edward Lewis (Adam Pascal) chats up call girl Vivian Ward (Olivia Valli) for a ‘date’ in PNC Broadway’s ‘Pretty Woman.’ (photo: Matthew Murphy for MurphyMade)

It’s the romantic comedy that has had reviewers and feminist scholars alike debating its meanings and merit. Pretty Woman began as a 1990 movie, a star vehicle for Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. Now there’s a stage musical. The touring production of Pretty Woman: The Musical visits Pittsburgh, and what was true of the movie seems equally true of this show—audiences love it. The musical is said to follow the movie’s story line closely. A corporate raider from Wall Street, visiting L.A. to do a takeover, encounters a pretty woman on Hollywood Boulevard. Her profession is sex worker; he hires her to pose as his trophy girlfriend while he negotiates the business deal. Who could have guessed they’d fall into that thing called love? Maybe you did, but if you want tickets, reserve promptly. Good seats are going faster than shares of a hot IPO. Pretty Woman: The Musical plays at Benedum Center, 237 7th St., Cultural District. (M.V.)