The 1990 rom-com classic “Pretty Woman” has been turned into a Broadway musical.
But how does the story, which centers on a sex worker and the rich businessman who falls for her, fare in the era of #MeToo? The musical's director, Jerry Mitchell, said the stage production has an underlying message of empowerment.
“If you are in a less than fortunate place, if you don't lose hope if you don't lose a sense of who you are and your dreams, there's a chance to get out,” he told Inside Edition on Thursday at the show's premiere.
Singer Bryan Adams, who co-wrote the music with Jim Vallance, said he's shocked the movie, which stars Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, wasn't turned into a show earlier.
"[It is] kind of strange at the same time. I never imagined myself here its really exciting," he said. "I am really surprised this story didn’t get made 20 years ago."
Actress Susan Lucci added, “I'm really looking forward to this. I love the movie.”
"Pretty Woman" aficionados will appreciate that the production doesn't stray too far from the film, including the costumes. The provocative white crop top and blue mini-skirt that made Roberts’ character so iconic is in the Broadway production, as is the elegant red gown donned by the character.