To mark the first day of rehearsals, the full cast of the Pretty Woman: The Musical has been announced. Joining the previously announced Aimie Atkinson as Vivian Ward and Danny Mac as Edward Lewis are Rachael Wooding as Kit De Luca, Bob Harms as Happy Man/Mr Thompson, Neil McDermott as Philip Stuckey and Mark Holden as James Morse. The musical begins performances at the Piccadilly Theatre on 13 February 2020, where it will play for a strictly limited engagement until 2 January 2021.
The cast also includes Jemma Alexander, Andy Barke, Kimberly Blake, Katie Bradley, Oliver Brenin, Alex Charles, Olly Christopher, Ben Darcy, Daniel De Bourg, Hannah Ducharme, Nicholas Duncan, Paige Fenlon, Damon Gould, Alex Hammond, Antony Hewitt, Matt Jones, Serina Mathew, Katie Monks, Lily Wang, Joanna Woodward and Charlotte Elisabeth Yorke.
Directed and choreographed by the two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell, Pretty Woman: The Musical features original music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, a book by Garry Marshall and the film’s screenwriter J.F. Lawton.
Featured in the musical is Roy Orbison and Bill Dee’s international smash hit song ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’ which inspired one of the most beloved romantic comedy films of all time. Pretty Woman the film was an international smash hit when it was released in 1990.
Pretty Woman: The Musical has scenic design by David Rockwell, costumes by Tom Rogers from the original Broadway designs by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Kenneth Posner and Philip S. Rosenberg, sound design by John Shivers, hair design by Josh Marquette, and music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Will Van Dyke.
The show had its world premiere at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre in March 2018 before transferring to Broadway where it ran at the Nederlander Theatre. The German production opened in Hamburg at the Stage Theater an der Elbe on 29 September 2019 and the US tour will begin in September 2020.
Aimie Atkinson (Vivian Ward) was in the original West End cast of the hit musical Six at the Arts Theatre and was nominated for an Olivier Award for her performance. Her other credits include Daniela in In the Heights at King’s Cross Theatre, Serena in Legally Blonde at Kilworth House and Chloe in Never Forget – The Take That Musical and Luisa in Zorro The Musical, both on national tour.
Danny Mac (Edward Lewis) was most recently seen as Bob Wallace in White Christmas at the Dominion Theatre in the West End. His many other theatre credits include Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard and Nino in Amelie, both on national tour, Gabey in On The Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and the West End productions of Wicked and Legally Blonde.
Rachael Wooding (Kit De Luca) West End credits include Meat and Scaramouche in We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre, Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray at the Shaftesbury Theatre and Annette in Saturday Night Fever at the Apollo Victoria. She has appeared in the UK tours of Fat Friends The Musical, Footloose and played Eva Peron in Evita.
Bob Harms (Happy Man/Mr Thompson) most recently appeared in Come From Away at the Phoenix Theatre. His other West End credits include Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Palace Theatre, Footloose at the Novello Theatre, Imagine This at the New London Theatre, Chicago at the Adelphi and Cambridge Theatre and Dirty Dancing at the Aldwych Theatre. Bob has appeared in the UK tours of Jackie The Musical, Spamalot, Jesus Christ Superstar and Anything Goes and in the international tour of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake.
Neil McDermott (Philip Stuckey) is probably best known for playing the role of Ryan Malloy in the BBC’s EastEnders. West End credits include Shrek the Musical at Theatre Royal Drury Lane and The Wind in the Willows, Follies and The Sound of Music, all at the London Palladium. He has also appeared in the UK Tours of Club Tropicana and The Sound of Music.
Mark Holden (James Morse) most recently played Bill Devaney in The Bodyguard at the Dominion Theatre and on a UK tour. His other theatre credits include the UK tours of Fame and The Jungle Book.