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‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ Team Teases a Sexy and True Broadway Adaptation (Exclusive)

‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ Team Teases a Sexy and True Broadway Adaptation (Exclusive)
Pretty Woman is headed to Broadway -- and the cast and crew promise the musical adaptation will feature everything that fans love about the iconic 1990 romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.

“I don't want to give away too much, but I think all the standards are there. I watched the film the other night for just a reference point and I was like, we got that; we got that. There are those moments that you have to have,” Steven Kazee teases to Et at Garry Marshall Theatre's First Annual Founders Gala. “What we're trying to do is tell the story in the same way to a new audience. We just want to try to be as true to the story as possible.”

The movie-turned-musical about a prostitute and a wealthy businessman who fall in love with each other is set to open on Broadway in the fall of 2018 following a five-week engagement at the Oriental
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Laurie Metcalf Talks 'Political' Revival Season of 'Roseanne,' Oscar Buzz for 'Lady Bird' (Exclusive)

Laurie Metcalf Talks 'Political' Revival Season of 'Roseanne,' Oscar Buzz for 'Lady Bird' (Exclusive)
It's been a big year for Laurie Metcalf! The 62-year-old actress is back as Jackie Harris on the set to air next year, and is earning Oscar buzz for her role in Lady Bird

Et's Lauren Zima caught up with Metcalf at the Garry Marshall Theatre's First Annual Founders Gala in Burbank, California, on Monday, where she dished all about her exciting times ahead. 

"We had a [for Roseanne] today! This morning of episode number five [and] six, and they added one so we'll do nine instead of eight [episodes] which is fun to hear!" she revealed. "Everyone is really surprised at how it feels like no time has passed at all even though decades -- I hate to say -- have gone by." 

"I guess it's like riding a bike, you know? We spent so much time together, nine years together. and the writers are writing very true to the characters, so it's like we picked up right where we left off
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Tig Notaro Addresses Louis C.K. Fallout: 'It's Important to Keep the Conversation Going'

Tig Notaro Addresses Louis C.K. Fallout: 'It's Important to Keep the Conversation Going'
Tig Notaro believes you can't solve the problem without addressing it.

After several women came forward accusing Louis C.K. of sexual harassment -- claims the comedian admitted are true -- Notaro opened up to Et about the importance of continuing on with the discussion about harassment in Hollywood at the Garry Marshall Theatre's First Annual Founders Gala on Monday night.

"I think it's so important to keep the conversation going," the 46-year-old comedian shared. "I know it's said all the time, but I think there's something to the fact that continuing to communicate always makes something better. When you abandon a discussion, you're not getting anyplace."

In regard to C.K. specifically, Notaro said she is "in full support of the victims," noting, "I said everything I wanted to say about Louis."

More: Comedian Tig Notaro and Wife Stephanie Allynne Welcome Twins

Notaro's powerful 2012 stand-up set, Live, about her past struggle with cancer, was initially published
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John Stamos Says It'd Be ‘a Tragedy' If He Didn't Have Kids With ‘Perfect’ Fiancée Caitlin McHugh (Exclusive)

John Stamos Says It'd Be ‘a Tragedy' If He Didn't Have Kids With ‘Perfect’ Fiancée Caitlin McHugh (Exclusive)
The wedding hasn't happened yet, but John Stamos is already thinking ahead to starting a family with his “perfect woman,” Caitlin McHugh!

Et’s Lauren Zima caught up with the Fuller House star at the Garry Marshall Theater's First Founders Gala on Monday, where Stamos got candid about wedding plans, fatherhood dreams, having co-star Bob Saget “copy” his proposal move and a special encounter with Julia Roberts.

“I hope [to have kids],” the 54-year-old actor and musician said about his hopes to start a family. “That's always been my plan. It's just taken me a lot longer than I anticipated. It would be a tragedy if I didn't have children and I finally found the right woman -- the perfect woman.”

“I know my parents are smiling down,” he added. “I know they would love her. She's a gentle, kind, graceful soul who would be a good mother.”

Exclusive: John Stamos Is 'On Cloud Nine' Over Engagement to Caitlin McHugh

The pair started
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Happy 50th to Underappreciated Steve Zahn

by Nathaniel R

"Bad Ape" is still one of the best movie characters of 2017. He comes courtesy of the ambitious War for the Planet of the Apes, various visual effects technicians, and Steve Zahn who brilliantly embodies him. On the actor's 50th birthday a quick list of our 5 favorite Zahn performances over the years. He's one of Hollywood's most reliable (and most adorable) character actors and still has never really gotten his due. 

01 "Sammy Gray" in Reality Bites

02 "Glenn Michaels" in Out of Sight

03 "Lenny Hase" in That Thing You Do!

04 "Bad Ape" in War for the Planet of the Apes

05 "Fuller" in Joy Ride

P.S. Also celebrating birthdays today: actors Whoopi Goldberg, Gerard ButlerXiaoming Huang, Frances Conroy, Chris Noth, Joe Mantegna, and Shawn Yue, cinematographer Conrad W Hall, and director Gary Marshall; And though they are departed they are not forgotten: author Robert Louis Stevenson, and actors Hermione Baddeley,
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Broadway-Bound ‘Pretty Woman’ Musical Is Casting in New York

The new theater season has just begun, but it isn’t too early to look ahead towards the next one. The “Pretty Woman” musical, based on the Garry Marshall film, is coming to Broadway in 2018. Before it does, the production will hold an out of town tryout in Chicago—which you can be a part of. Led by Telsey + Company, the team will hold both Equity Principal Auditions and Chorus Calls in New York City. Equity Chorus Calls will be held on Oct. 25 for male talent, aged 20–39, and female talent, aged 20–30. Performers must be strong technical dancers as well as strong pop and rock singers. Meanwhile, a male actor, aged 50–79, is sought for the principal role of James Morse, a baritone who doesn’t necessarily have to be a strong singer. Talent will be seen Oct. 27. Principal and ensemble talent will both be hired adhering to Equity Production (League) Agreements
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Greenlit: The ‘Pretty Woman’ Musical Has Found its Edward and Vivian

  • Backstage
Greenlit means a project is officially a go, so all you have to do is follow these leads to stay up to date. You never know where you’ll find an opportunity to land an audition! “Pretty Woman” is the latest movie-to-musical adaptation coming to Broadway, and the production has found its leads. Tony-winner Stave Kazee will play the stage version of Richard Gere’s Edward, a single, rich businessman in need of a weeklong companion. The companion, Vivian, for whom he develops feelings, will be played by Samantha Barks, best known for her portrayal of Eponine in the 2012 “Les Misérables” film. The show will come to the Great White Way in the fall of 2018 following a five-week preview in Chicago at the Oriental Theater beginning March 13, 2018. The team behind the Garry Marshall movie adaptation includes Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance creating original music and lyrics, book by Marshall and J.F. Lawton,
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“Pretty Woman” Coming to Broadway, Samantha Barks to Star

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Vivian Ward made it to Rodeo Drive and now she’s going all the way to Broadway. “Pretty Woman” is headed to the stage. According to the BBC, “Les Misérables” actress Samantha Barks will play the role of Vivian, made famous by Julia Roberts in the 1990 romantic comedy the musical is based on. Steve Kazee (“Once”) is taking on the role of Edward Lewis, originally played by Richard Gere.

The story follows the romance between a sex worker and a womanizing corporate raider.

Set to begin performances on Broadway next autumn, the show will have a five-week run in Chicago from March 13 through April 15, 2018 at the Oriental Theatre.

The film’s director, the late Gary Marshall, and J.F. Lawton, who penned the screenplay, wrote the book for the production. “Pretty Woman” will feature original music by Grammy winner Bryan Adams.

The show’s lead producer, Paula Wagner, said to expect the musical to have the “heart, humor, warmth, and joy of the film.” She added, “We found two amazing, charismatic actors with incredible chemistry to play Vivian and Edward — the gorgeous triple-threat Samantha Barks, and one of Broadway’s most dashing and talented leading men, Steve Kazee.”

Pretty Woman” grossed over $463 million worldwide on a budget of $14 million. Roberts’ star-making role earned her a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination.

Pretty Woman” Coming to Broadway, Samantha Barks to Star was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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‘Pretty Woman’ Musical Heading To Broadway In 2018

Pretty Woman: The Musical is heading to New York’s Broadway in the latter half of 2018. The new musical, which will be based on the popular 1990 film that starred Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, will feature music and lyrics by rock legend Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, with a book by Garry Marshall and J.F. Lawton.

Here’s the official blurb, which was released yesterday.

One of the most beloved romantic comedies of all time is coming to Broadway!

Pretty Woman: The Musical is the World Premiere stage production featuring direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde, Hairspray), an original score by Grammy® winner Bryan Adams (“Summer of ’69,” “Everything I Do”) and his longtime songwriting partner Jim Vallance, and a book by the movie’s legendary director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J.F. Lawton.

Vivian and Edward are unlikely soulmates who overcome
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American Horror Story gets closer to the election to move beyond it

  • The AV Club
This week’s episode was kind of reminiscent of the middle of Valentine’s Day if the Garry Marshall film had included a lot more bloodshed. Four episodes into Cult and the audience knows how the characters are connected, but what hadn’t been explained, exactly, is why all these people from different backgrounds have…

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A Pretty Woman Musical Is Happening - Meet the Actors Playing Vivian and Edward!

  • BuzzSugar
Over two decades since its release, Pretty Woman is finally getting a musical adaptation! Although news about the musical hit earlier this year, additional details are just starting to roll out. The musical is set to premiere in Chicago on March 13, 2018, and it will head to Broadway later that Fall. Now, the two leads have also been announced. Starring as Vivian Ward is Samantha Barks, and Edward Lewis will be portrayed by Steve Kazee. The musical will be directed by Jerry Mitchell, who previously worked on the Legally Blonde stage adaptation and Kinky Boots. Grammy winner Bryan Adams will provide the music and lyrics. In a press statement, Mitchell said he worked closely with Garry Marshall, the film's director, before his passing in 2016. "I got to work with Garry for over a year on this musical adaptation and experienced firsthand his sense of humor, his joy, his uplifting attitude in life,
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'Pretty Woman' to Return as Broadway Musical

'Pretty Woman' to Return as Broadway Musical
A musical adaptation of the film Pretty Woman is set to debut on Broadway in the fall of 2018.

Samantha Barks will make her Broadway debut in the role of Vivian, originally helmed by Julia Roberts, while Steve Kazee will play Edward Lewis, the character first portrayed on screen by Richard Gere. The score for Pretty Woman will be written by rocker Bryan Adams in conjunction with Jim Vallance.

In a statement, producer Paula Wagner promised that the musical adaptation would honor its beloved, $463-million-grossing source material. "Pretty Woman: The Musical will have the heart,
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‘Les Miz’ Movie’s Samantha Barks to Star in Broadway-Bound ‘Pretty Woman’ Musical

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‘Les Miz’ Movie’s Samantha Barks to Star in Broadway-Bound ‘Pretty Woman’ Musical
Samantha Barks, who played Eponine in the 2012 big-screen musical “Les Misérables,” will star opposite “Shameless” actor Steve Kazee in the Broadway-bound musical version of “Pretty Woman.” The new production, with a score by Grammy winner Bryan Adams and his longtime songwriting partner Jim Vallance, will premiere at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre on March 13, 2018, in advance of an expected Broadway opening in fall 2018. Two-time Tony winner Jerry Mitchell will direct the new musical, which boasts a book by the late director Garry Marshall and the 1990 film’s screenwriter J.F. Lawton. Also Read: 'Pretty Woman' Cast Reunion Reveals Film's Dark Original.
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Pretty Woman: The Musical to Open on Broadway in Fall 2018 with Music from Bryan Adams

Pretty Woman: The Musical to Open on Broadway in Fall 2018 with Music from Bryan Adams
He helped bring both Legally Blonde and Kinky Boots to the stage. And now director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell is setting his sites on one of the most beloved romantic comedies of all time: Pretty Woman.

The 1990 Garry Marshall rom-com, which starred Julia Roberts and Richard Gere as a prostitute and the man who hires and falls in love with her (respectively), will jump from the big screen to Broadway — opening as a musical in the fall of 2018 in a Nederlander Theater to be announced.

When it does it’ll come with an original score from “(Everything I Do) I
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Inside the Secrets, Scandals and Legacy of ‘Full House’ From Creator Jeff Franklin (Exclusive)

Inside the Secrets, Scandals and Legacy of ‘Full House’ From Creator Jeff Franklin (Exclusive)
September 22, 1987. Thirty years ago. Ronald Reagan was president, and “Full House” debuted on ABC’s worst night at 8 p.m. Friday, considered to be not a time slot, but rather a “death slot.” We barely made the Top 75. The reviews of the show were terrible — “cheesy, saccharine, mind-numbing” — and that was from the one positive review.

If you had told me I’d be running the same show with the same cast in 2017, I would’ve asked what drugs you were on, and could I please have some? And yet, today, “Full House” has become one of the most beloved, popular and iconic family sitcoms ever. How on earth or any planet is this possible? Here’s how…

My big break happened when Garry Marshall “hired” me for fifty bucks a week to be a “researcher” on “Laverne and Shirley.” He did this with a couple young writers each season — a cheap way to put them on
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Eva Longoria Says Anna Faris is 'Doing Great' Post-Split From Chris Pratt

Eva Longoria Says Anna Faris is 'Doing Great' Post-Split From Chris Pratt
Eva Longoria says her friend Anna Faris is doing just fine.

Anna is the best human being in the world,” Longoria told People of her Overboard costar and new Bff at the Kiss This 4Mbc campaign launch event in New York Friday. “She plays my best friend so I was like, ‘we’re gonna be best friends. We Are best friends now.’ And she was like, ‘Okay you’re scaring me.’ But no, we fell in love quick. And she’s just a really great human being.”

And even in the face of her split from husband Chris Pratt, Longoria
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Wamg Giveaway – Win Two Tickets to Shotspeare! at Playhouse @ Westport

Shotspeare combines the greatest playwright in history with endless amounts of drunken amusement, creating a must-see comedic twist on classic literature. After years of successful performances in New York City and festivals around the world, Emery Entertainment, Inc. brings this laugh-out-loud show to the Playhouse @ Westport Plaza for a triumphant return engagement October 5-7 for five side-splitting performances. Tickets may be purchased through MetroTix at or by calling 314/534-1111. Additionally, tickets will be available at the Playhouse @ Westport Plaza box office one hour prior to show time. All seats are $55.

We Are Movie Geeks has a pair of passes to give away for the opening night performance of Shotspeare! That’s Thursday, October 5th at 8pm. Leave a message below letting us know what your favorite film based on a Shakespeare play is (mine is Forbidden Planet). It’s so easy!

Official Rules:

1. You Must Be In The St.
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I Do…Until I Don’T – Review

June (the big wedding month) is soooo three months ago, and February (home of That holiday) is nearly half a year away, but the new indie comedy for the first of September looks at romance and marriage. Now, this isn’t a sweet “rom-com” all about the bloom of “new love” and the rocky, but ultimately smooth road to the altar. No, this basically concerns three couples who have made that committment (one hasn’t got the certificate, but they’ve got a child), but they’ve hit a bump (actually one is moments from careening off the highway). You could say that the last tier of the wedding cake is in the fridge, the foil is frayed, and freezer burn is imminent. Though somehow there are still lots of laugh at this look at relationships whose title harkens back to the big event, I Do…Until I Don”T.
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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Alum Shay Mitchell Sets Overall Deal at Warner Bros. TV, Joins Lifetime Series ‘You’

‘Pretty Little Liars’ Alum Shay Mitchell Sets Overall Deal at Warner Bros. TV, Joins Lifetime Series ‘You’
Pretty Little Liars” star Shay Mitchell has signed an overall deal with Warner Bros. Television Group, which produced the teen drama series for its entire seven-season run.

Mitchell has formed her own production company called Amore & Vita Productions, Inc. with a multi-year pod deal at the studio. Under terms of the agreement, Mitchell and producing partner David Dean Portelli will develop ideas for new scripted and non-scripted programming for broadcast, cable, streaming, and digital platforms for Warner Bros. Television, Warner Horizon Scripted Television, Warner Bros. Animation and Wbtvg’s digital venture Blue Ribbon Content.

The agreement also includes a talent holding deal for Mitchell. In her first role under the new pact, Mitchell has signed on to be a series regular in the upcoming Lifetime series “You,” which is based on the Caroline Kepnes’ best-selling novel of the same name.

The series follows obsessive, yet brilliant twenty-something Joe (Penn Badgley), who uses the hyper connectivity of today
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