Broadway's Pretty Woman will welcome two new leading players this summer. Jillian Mueller, who appears in the ensemble of the musical and understudies the role of Vivian Ward, will take over for current star Samantha Barks full-time beginning July 22. That same day, Brennin Hunt, an alum of Fox's recent Rent, will step in for Andy Karl as Edward.
They'll join a company that includes Orfeh as Kit, Eric Anderson as Mr. Thompson, Kingsley Leggs as James Morse, and (beginning June 11) Charlie Pollock as Philip Stuckey.
Featuring a score by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance and a book by J.F. Lawton and the late Garry Marshall, Pretty Woman officially opened at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre in August last year. The Jerry Mitchell–directed musical, based on the 1990 romantic comedy, is also slated to launch a national tour in 2020.
Mueller has previously appeared on Broadway in Bye, Bye, Birdie and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In addition to playing Roger in Fox's Rent, Hunt recently rapped production on the indie film Walking With Herb.