Theatregoers attending Thursday night’s Broadway performance of “Pretty Woman: The Musical” received an unexpected treat when Canadian rock icon Bryan Adams made a surprise appearance onstage after the curtain call.
Adams, 59, who co-wrote the music for the play with longtime collaborator Jim Vallance, was greeted with ecstatic cheers from the crowd when he strode onstage to perform a medley of songs from the stage adaptation of the Julia Roberts-Richard Gere film classic.
While “Pretty Woman: The Musical” is Adams’ first foray into musical theatre, Thursday’s performance marked his Broadway debut as a performer, singing a solo acoustic rendition of the musical’s ballad “You and I” before he was joined by the entire cast for the upbeat “Together Forever”.
In addition to video of his performance being posted on YouTube, Adams also took to social media to share a photo of himself prior to the performance, rehearsing with the band in the theatre pit.
The musical is based on the iconic 1990 rom-com in which Roberts plays a neophyte prostitute who falls in love with a dashing billionaire who hired her (Gere), written and directed by the late Garry Marshall.
In an interview with People, J.F. Lawton described the experience of working on the musical’s book with Marshall before his death in July 2016.
“I got to work with Garry for over a year on this musical adaptation and experienced firsthand his sense of humour, his joy, his uplifting attitude in life, and mostly his love for these characters,” said Lawson. “I want that to infuse what I am doing with ‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ as he is the true heart of this story.”