When Andy Karl signed on to play Edward Lewis for the Broadway adaptation of Pretty Woman, the expectations were high; ’90s flick fans have adored Richard Gere’s charming millionaire hero for years. However, Karl has been able to bring his own style to the role. “My wife, Orfeh, played Kit De Luca in the pre-Broadway production, and I loved watching her and the cast tell this great story,” he says. “When I was asked to come on for the Broadway production, I had a unique perspective of knowing and seeing what I was getting into and how the role plays to audiences. That knowledge helped me figure out what I could bring to the show and to director Jerry Mitchell that could refine the character.” Here, the Broadway veteran picks his favorite spots in New York.
“Call me boring, but when I pick up my venti green tea latte from the Starbucks counter, a sense of calm comes over me. Later in the day, a triple espresso excites me to jump-start the next level of life.” 1500 Broadway
“At Lincoln Center, I have seen operas, dance, musicals, award shows and banquets; I’ve researched parts at the library, workshopped plays in rehearsal spaces and walked through this beautiful part of town countless times—a great space for art and relaxation.” 10 Lincoln Center Plaza
“I went to the Met Opera gift shop to buy a poster of Verdi’s La Traviata to put in my dressing room. It’s the opera Edward Lewis takes Vivian to in Pretty Woman."
“My favorite thing is to know you’ve won over an audience. Whether a huge applause or laugh, I just love knowing that the night has shifted and everyone is enjoying themselves.” Pretty Woman, through June 2019, Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st St.
“If you like to bike, rent from Citi Bike and ride through any part of Central Park during the fall. It’s impossible not to enjoy.”