“Making of a Princess in SF” / Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday the Musical / San Francisco / Spotted SF

Did you know that a Broadway musical is being produced here in San Francisco? And not just any musical, but Roman Holiday based on the 1953 Academy Award-winning film starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck! An all-time favorite romance, this production is the next project from the creative team behind BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical and will feature music from the legendary Cole Porter. The cast includes the lovely Stephanie Styles, who will be making her Broadway debut in the role of Princess Anne, and other notable cast includes Broadway favorite Drew Gehling (as Joe Bradley), Tony-nominee Jared Spector, TV and stage star Sarah Chase.

Roman Holiday is currently making its pre-Broadway premiere here in the city at the SHN Golden Gate Theatre for a short run until June 18th. A few days ago I went behind-the-scenes, passing stage sets and props along the way, before having an opportunity to spend time with Ms. Styles before she hit the stage. It was magical to see one of my favorite films come to life! And now I want to share a little bit of that magic with you by giving you a special sneak peek from her dressing room to witness the “Making of a Princess in SF”. This is two whole hours before show time…so get ready…it’s all exquisite!

Roman Holiday the Musical / San Francisco / Spotted SF

12:00 PM: Makeup. Stephanie arrives at the theater, applies all her own makeup as she does her vocal warm-ups.

Roman Holiday the Musical / San Francisco / Spotted SF

She is surrounded by gifts, cards and other well-wishes from her beloved friends and family. There are posters, Audrey Hepburn photos, mini Vespas and music on her playlist—all bringing a little more of Rome closer to home.

Roman Holiday the Musical / San Francisco / Spotted SF

Roman Holiday the Musical / San Francisco / Spotted SF

1:00 PM: Wig. The hair designer arrives, carefully pinning sections of Stephanie’s locks to ensure everything is as flat as possible before placing on her wig cap.

Roman Holiday the Musical / San Francisco / Spotted SF

Roman Holiday the Musical / San Francisco / Spotted SF

The microphone is strategically placed above her forehead and secured before the wig is attached.

Roman Holiday the Musical / San Francisco / Spotted SF

Roman Holiday the Musical / San Francisco / Spotted SF

The first scene calls for a chignon and her sparkling crown.

Roman Holiday the Musical / San Francisco / Spotted SF

Roman Holiday the Musical / San Francisco / Spotted SF

1:20 PM Fight Call. At this point Stephanie has exited her dressing room to meet her fellow actors onstage to practice stage combat. This event happens before each show begins. They practice their fight moves in slow motion, then up to actual speed. And this is when I get a closeup of all her gorgeous costumes.

Roman Holiday the Musical / San Francisco / Spotted SF

1:45 PM: Costume. Stephanie has returned from fight call and the wardrobe assistant has arrived to get her into costume for her opening scene: the shimmering pink ballgown. Layers of tulle, crystals and ribbons adorn this ethereal dress.

Roman Holiday the Musical / San Francisco / Spotted SF

Roman Holiday the Musical / San Francisco / Spotted SF

1:55 PM: Costume is on. And the director has just walked in to give Stephanie some final notes.

Roman Holiday the Musical / San Francisco / Spotted SF

2:00 PM: Alas…show time. And the princess is ready.

I hope you enjoyed this preview of the “Making of a Princess”. I can’t tell you enough how dazzling everything is, so you really must see it all for yourself. Plus it’s rare to have a musical of this caliber produced in San Francisco before it makes its way to Broadway. Roman Holiday kicked off performances May 23rd and runs through June 18th—so a couple weeks left. Highly recommend you score tickets now to see this in the city before it makes its way to NYC!

For more info and tickets visit here.

*All images by me, Leslie.