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Julia Roberts delights theatregoers by making a surprise appearance at Pretty Woman: The Musical

It was all in honour of the man who helped her get her big break.

Julia Roberts has attended a special performance of Pretty Woman: The Musical on Broadway in New York City that honoured the life of Garry Marshall, the Pretty Woman movie's director. For the event, Julia also paid homage to the late filmmaker — who sadly died in 2016 from pneumonia — by donning a Laverne & Shirley t-shirt, as the beloved 1970s series was also a show that Garry helped create.

In a previous interview with Entertainment Tonight, Julia said that she will always be grateful for everything that Garry taught her throughout her career.

"Enough could not be said of my relationship with Garry Marshall and what that's done for me as a person, just having the confidence to be funny, and goofy, and find that side of creativity," she shared. "I've never thought twice when Garry asked me to do something."

Julia and Garry at the premiere of 'Valentine's Day' in 2010.
Julia and Garry at the premiere of 'Valentine's Day' in 2010.

At the Pretty Woman event, Julia was dressed to impress. She was mobbed by paparazzi when she arrived and wad reportedly overheard telling the photographers to give her more space. But Julia appeared to relax more when she joined honouree Garry's close friends and family for a few red carpet pics.

Julia poses with Garry's family, L-R Kathleen Marshall, his wife Barbara Marshall and Scott Marshall.
Julia poses with Garry's family, L-R Kathleen Marshall, his wife Barbara Marshall and Scott Marshall.

Garry's widow, Barbara Marshall, and their family attended the event and took a few photos with Julia before heading inside to watch the show. When Barbara spoke to Entertainment Tonight, she explained how happy Garry would be to have Julia watch the performance. "He'd be so excited," Barbara said. "We're sitting with her to watch what she thinks when she sees the singing and the dancing."

Julia got her big break starring alongside Richard Gere in *Pretty Woman*, which Garry Marshall directed.
Julia got her big break starring alongside Richard Gere in Pretty Woman, which Garry Marshall directed.

Unfortunately, Richard Gere — who played Edward Lewis in the 1990 Pretty Woman film — was unable to make it to the NYC performance because he's busy working in London, but assured Barbara he'd see the show at a later time. Pretty Woman: The Musical is set to open on Broadway on Aug. 16.