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Director Garry Marshall’s beloved film ‘Pretty Woman’ turned into a musical at Dolby, Segerstrom Theaters

HOLLYWOOD (KABC) — The late Garry Marshall worked on the musical version of “Pretty Woman” on Broadway, but sadly didn’t live to see the debut of the stage version of his 1990 film.

The musical is now at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

Eyewitness News visited Marshall’s office at his Toluca Lake theater.

That’s pretty much how he left it when he died in 2016.

His memories are everywhere you look.

Marshall was looking to turn “Pretty Woman,” his much-loved film starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, into a Broadway musical.

When this happened after his death, his widow, Barbara, said there was a special performance in his honor.

“Julia came with me and we sat together, but when the music comes up you can’t not feel it,” she said. “But we all know he’s there. The cast talks about him. One night one of the cast members said to me, ‘You know, Garry was backstage tonight.’ I said, “Really? Next time you see him, say hello for me.”

‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ is now touring the country and stars Adam Pascal and Olivia Valli.

“There are people who dress like Julia Roberts. You’re like, ‘This is crazy!’ Like, you have people wearing, like, the red dress or the brown and white polka dot dress, and the people are just emotional,” Valli said. “You’re going to see the moment with the jewelry box, and the audience can’t help but laugh a little bit because they’re like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s still a homage to the movie. “”

Pascal thinks it’s important to take these iconic scenes and make sure they show up on stage.

“It’s what people remember, and they remember it because they were working,” she said. “The way Garry built a lot of these scenes in the movie translates perfectly on stage. There’s no reason to change it. It worked really well there. Let’s put it here, you know, and sing around with some great songs and boom! It should work, right? And it does.

What may not work on stage has worked for Marshall throughout his career.

For small roles, he often hired “fogs”, better known as “Friends of Garry”.

His wife was one of them.

“If he was having dinner and a waitress said something nice to him or something and she said, ‘Can I be in your next movie?’ It would say, ‘Give me your name and address’ no matter where we were,” Barbara Marshall said. “It was amazing, and he mostly did it!”

“Pretty Woman” runs until July 3.

It will then move to Orange County and begin a two-week run at the Segerstrom Center in Costa Mesa.

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