I went to see Pretty Woman: The Musical last week at the Piccadilly Theatre and haven’t stopped thinking about it ever since.
I went along with low expectations after hearing nothing but bad things about the Broadway production (which I didn’t see) which only ran for a year. But from the second the overture started I was engrossed and had the happiest Wednesday afternoon of my gay little life!
Working girl Vivian meets billionaire Edward on the streets of LA and she gets more than she bargained for – $3,000 to spend the week on Edward’s arm, providing uncomplicated company both behind closed doors and at work events. But as the days go by, can the pair stick to their rules of no commitment and no kissing on the mouth?
Ex-Six-queen Aimie Atkinson plays the role of Vivian to perfection – not trying to imitate the legendary Julia Roberts who made the film so iconic but making the role her own.
When you think of suarve and sophisticated actors, Danny Mac is an obvious choice to play Edward and doesn’t disappoint in the role.
Rachael Wooding is brilliant and hilarious as Vivian’s friend Kit de Luca and Bob Harms carries the show with a variety of comedic roles.
But it is without doubt Alex Charles who steals the show in his West End debut at hotel bell-boy Giulio. One of the most talented dancers in the whole cast, Alex also plays a great comedy part with sincerity and eyes that could melt even Elsa’s frozen heart.
The music by Bryan Adams is good and whilst none of the songs were overly memorable, they were beautifully crafted and excellently fit within the story.
I adored every second of Pretty Woman: The Musical and am already planning a return visit. I highly recommend you get booking too. It’s big fun. Huge.
Reviewed by West End Wilma