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REVIEW: Pretty Woman The Musical at Palace Theatre Manchester

Step into the dazzling world of ‘Pretty Woman The Musical’ at The Palace Theatre, where glitz, glamour and romance intertwine to craft an unforgettable experience.

Based on the beloved 1990 film, this musical adaptation brings its audience a contemporary twist on the Cinderella tale; centering on the relationship that develops between free-spirited Hollywood hooker Vivian and wealthy businessman Edward.

After Edward hires Vivian as his high-class escort for a week, the two discover there are significant hurdles to overcome as they try to bridge the gap between the disparities of their very different worlds.

Paige Fenlon wonderfully captures the confidence of a young woman striving to make ends meet, while also embodying a genuine warmth that instantly endears Vivian to the audience.

Whether belting out a show-stopping number or delivering a tender ballad, her vocals were a force to be reckoned and had us completely in awe.

She was perfectly paired with Philip Stuckey, who exuded charm and charisma. Their on-stage chemistry was electric from the get-go - they really are a match made in theatrical heaven!

Every single cast member was flawlessly chosen, playing their role with such conviction and skill, however the star of the show for us was undoubtedly Noah Harrison.

Noah’s performance was truly unforgettable. His portrayal of both Giulio and an ensemble member displayed a remarkable depth of talent and skill. His ability to seamlessly transition between the contrasting roles was nothing short of brilliant. With such remarkable versatility and potential, Noah undoubtedly has a bright future ahead in the entertainment industry.

His seemingly spontaneous dance numbers with Strictly winner Ore Oduba add a great deal of humour and are a sheer delight to watch.

Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance collaborated as the musical duo behind the show's music and lyrics. Adams' signature power ballads and rock-and-roll flair were unmistakable in the original soundtrack, evoking a classic, 1980s vibe which was very on-brand for the show.

The show maintained its 80s aesthetic with vibrant neon signs and brightly colored costumes in the Hollywood Boulevard scenes. Additionally, the opulent dresses and power suits donned by the cast during the Rodeo Drive scenes resembled those seen on episodes of Dynasty.

With this irresistible, feel-good musical, you are certainly in for a treat! Pretty Woman The Musical is at The Palace Theatre until Saturday 16 March, tickets can be purchased here: https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/pretty-woman-the-musical/palace-theatre-manchester/.


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