Pretty Woman | Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Pretty Woman New Review (Theater and Comedy) The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 15 2018

There’s really no arguing with this musical version of the hit 1990 movie, getting its shakedown run in Chicago on the way to a Broadway opening next summer. Are the leads less alluring than Julia Roberts and Richard Gere were in the original? Well, duh. Is the Pygmalion-made-simple story—in which a streetwalker and a billionaire meet cute, fall in love, and learn that money isn’t everything while spending loads of it—just a wee bit idiotic? Of course. Do the generically competent songs by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance have a country flavor inappropriate to the Hollywood setting? You noticed that too? Are the politics—? Yes, they are. For all that, the show is going to give a lot of people a nostalgic thrill. And supporting performers Orfeh and Eric Anderson are nothing short of amazing. —Tony Adler

Price: $37-$122

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