Tampa’s Alexandra Kinsley coming to region with “Pretty Woman”

By Lee J. Green

Alexandra Kinsley’s journey from Tampa to her first national Broadway tour with the musical “Pretty Woman” has been a beautiful one, filled with family support and a love of dance.

Kinsley wasn’t born yet when the iconic “Pretty Woman” movie starring Julia Roberts (Vivian Ward) and Richard Gere (Edward Lewis) came out. But when her parents introduced the movie to her, she was hooked.

“It’s almost like a surreal dream to be in a musical based on such a beloved movie and on my first national Broadway tour,” just less than a year after graduating with a degree in Musical Theatre from Point Park University, said Kinsley, who plays an ensemble role in Pretty Woman. The show will be at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex from April 30 to May 5, the Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson on May 6, the Bologna Center in Cleveland, Miss., on May 7, the Von Braun Center in Huntsville from May 10 to 12, and the Saenger Theatre in Pensacola on May 13 and 14.

Kinsley said the musical follows the plot of the 1990 movie, adding all original music and lyrics from Grammy Award-winner Bryan Adams, as well as Roy Orbison’s smash hit song “Oh, Pretty Woman.”

“It really is a modern-day Cinderella story,” she said. “The musical emphasizes how Vivian is so smart, beautiful and how she is growing as a woman. If you loved the movie, you will adore the musical.”

Kinsley said her family was very involved in the Tampa Jewish community. “Temple was a huge part of my life. My older sister and I went to Sunday School classes there and I had my Bat Mitzvah,” she said.

She will be on the road with the tour during Passover, but plans to Zoom with family to celebrate, and with a couple Jewish castmates. “It seems that I’ve always been the youngest at our Seders so I’ve always read the Four Questions,” she said.

Kinsley got involved in dance and gymnastics when she was young. But it was when she started attending a performing arts high school that solidified her love for musical theatre.

“My parents have been so supportive and I’m so incredibly grateful for all they did for me,” she said. “We would go to Broadway shows… and we got to experience the Yiddish production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof.’ It was so beautiful, I was in tears. I knew then that musical theatre was the path I wanted to take.”

In between her junior and senior years at Point Park, Kinsley earned her first professional theatre opportunity with a production of the musical “Legally Blonde” in Massachusetts.

She credits the university for helping to open doors on Broadway. “Our senior year is all about Showcase. They flew us to New York City, helping us arrange meetings, auditions with productions and casting agents,” said Kinsley.

In the spring of 2023, she got a call to come to New York to audition for “Pretty Woman.” Then just two weeks after graduating, she got a callback and earned a role in the production, which opened Oct. 2 in Utica, N.Y.

The previous “Pretty Woman” tour came to Tampa, but the current tour came to nearby Sarasota. “A big group of my friends, family and former teachers came to see the opening night there,” she said. “It was such a special experience to come back home and I was so grateful to everyone who came out.”

Kinsley has never been to Birmingham, but she looks forward to exploring the Magic City in-between shows.

“It is such a joy to perform every night… and being on a national tour has given me the opportunity to experience so many places I’ve never been to,” she said.