A Devil Wears Prada musical adaptation is in the works, and Sir Elton John will be scoring it! Deadline reports the artist is collaborating with playwright Paul Rudnick (I Hate Hamlet, Addams Family Values) to bring a mix of Lauren Weisberger’s 2003 novel and the 2006 film starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway to Broadway.
While John will handle the music, Rudnick is set to work on the book and lyrics. "Re-imagining The Devil Wears Prada for the musical theatre is super exciting," John said in a press release. "I’m a huge fan of both the book and the feature film and a huge aficionado of the fashion world. I can’t wait to sink my musical teeth into this hunk of popular culture."
The artist is no stranger to scoring major Broadway adaptations, as he previously worked on 1997’s The Lion King and 2008’s Billy Elliot: The Musical, which both won Tony awards for Best Musical. Bob Cohen of Fox Stage Productions and McCollum said a joint statement:
“To bring The Devil Wears Prada to the stage, we knew we needed to find artists as inimitable as the characters in the story We needed artists whose work has run the gamut from music and publishing to drama and fashion. We could think of only two names: Elton John and Paul Rudnick. That’s all!”
The Devil Wears Prada tells the story of Andy Sachs, a curious young college graduate who gets thrown into the fashion world working for the posh and ruthless Miranda Priestly, the editor-in-chief for the famed Runway magazine (another role Streep scored an Oscar nomination for). The Broadway musical will be produced by Kevin McCollum, Fox Stage Productions and John’s Rocket Entertainment. But the production timeline has not yet been announced.
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