Review: ‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ is a big hit at Detroit’s Fisher Theatre

"Pretty Woman: The Musical" stars Broadway superstar and Tony Award®-nominee Adam Pascal as Edward Lewis and rising star Olivia Valli as the charming and charismatic Vivian Ward. (Photo: Broadway in Detroit)

Detroit — Alas!  The Fisher Theatre in Detroit is back in business.  Now playing from November 2-14 is “Pretty Woman: The Musical”, one of the best romantic comedies of all time.  This is a musical version of the late Garry Marshall’s 1990 movie with the original score co-written by Grammy winner Bryan Adams.

The musical begins with “Welcome to Hollywood, everyone has a dream.”  A story about a Hollywood Boulevard prostitute, Vivian Ward, (Olivia Valli) who accidentally runs into a mega-rich businessman, Edward Lewis (Adam Pascal).  She is taken to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel to be his escort for six days and is paid $3,000 to be his “Beck and call girl.”  He introduces her to superb dining, expensive gowns, and ballroom dancing.  And she likes it.

However, during the course of the week, Edward thinks she is someone special but is reluctant to show his real feelings.  Eventually they fall in love.  And who doesn’t love a happy ending.

There was a 20-minute intermission between the two Acts.  The magic from Marshall’s movie is translated on stage with much enthusiasm. 

The musical ensemble was electrifying and they sang songs such as:  “Welcome to Hollywood,” “I Could Get Used to This,” “Rodeo Drive” and of course, “Pretty Woman.”  The choreography was perfect.  Vivian’s infamous red dress was exactly the same as in the movie.  Also, Valli’s performance seemed to be more lively, cheerful and energetic than in the movie.

Actually, I liked this musical better than the movie.  It was totally entertaining and you will love it, because “everyone has a dream.”

The Fisher Theatre is located at 3011 West Grand Blvd, Detroit.  Showtimes are as follows:
Tuesday through Saturday evening performances at 8:00 p.m. Sunday evening performance at 7:30 p.m.Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Tickets for “Pretty Woman: The Musical” begin at $39 (includes facility and parking fees) and can be purchased online at or and also by phone 800-982-2787.

*All Fisher Theater patrons must present proof of negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event or proof of full Covid-19 vaccination (2nd dose at least 14 days prior to the event) with government ID for entry.

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