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Fans of the 2006 hit movie The Devil Wears Prada can rejoice as a Broadway musical adaptation, which was first rumoured back in May 2015, seems to becoming more and more a reality. Exciting new details have now been announced for the project that has the whole world of musical theatre spinning (on six-inch heels!). Sir Elton John and playwright/screenwriter Paul Rudnick have been officially confirmed as part of the creative team for the musical to write the book, music and lyrics. Although a production timeline for Broadway (and hopefully the West End) is yet to be announced, we are certainly keeping a close eye on this one.
Sir Elton released the following statement:
"Re-imagining The Devil Wears Prada for the musical theatre is super exciting. 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 Devil Wears Prada is being produced by top Broadway producer Kevin McCollum, Fox Stage Productions (a division of Twentieth Century Fox) and Rocket Entertainment. McCollum and Bob Cohen of Fox Stage Productions released the following 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!”
Sir Elton John is no stranger to musicals with Disney's The Lion King still running in London, New York and all over the globe, and Billy Elliot - The Musical enjoying 11+ years in the West End and over 3 years on Broadway. Those musicals earned Elton John Tony nominations for "Best Original Score" in 1998 and 2009, respectively. He won a Tony Award in 2000 for his score of Aida, and he also wrote the music for the 2006 vampire-themed musical Lestat and was listed as a producer on the 2019 production of Next Fall on Broadway.
Playwright/screenwriter Paul Rudnick (also known by his pseudonym Joseph Howard) has a rich history in both Hollywood and in New York. His many screenplays include "Sister Act," "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit," "Addams Family Values," "In & Out," and "The Stepford Wives," whilst his off-Broadway plays include 'Jeffrey,' 'The Naked Truth,' 'The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told,' ' Valhalla,' 'Regrets Only,' 'The New Century,' and 'Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays.' Rudnick made his Broadway debut with the 1991 comedy I Hate Hamlet.
We will keep you updated when news of casting, dates and a theatre have been released.
Synopsis: "The Devil Wears Prada is the story of Andy Sachs, a smart, curious and innocent young woman making her way in the world. Andy's a few years out of college and while she's determined to become a serious writer, she's waylaid into a job as a Second Assistant at Runway, the world's foremost fashion magazine. Andy ends up working for Miranda Priestly, Runway's legendary, notorious Editor-in-Chief. Miranda is brilliant, impossibly demanding and merciless, and she introduces Andy to 15 hour workdays, the glory and complexity of fashion, and the dazzle of Fashion Week in Paris. Along the way, Andy finds friendship, romance and a killer wardrobe. She also begins to grow up and decide exactly who she truly wants to be, amid the many temptations of a high-octane Manhattan career. The Devil Wears Prada explores a world that's passionate, comic and touching: as Andy discovers, it's a great ride."
The 2006 film's cast included Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, and Stanley Tucci. Meryl Streep earned her 14th Oscar nomination (Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role) for the film, which also received a nomination for Best Achievement in Costume Design. Streep picked up the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical. Emily Blunt was nominated in the Actress in a Supporting Role category and the film itself was nominated for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical. The Devil Wears Prada also earned 5 BAFTA nominations.
The partnership of producers Kevin McCollum and Fox Stage Productions also has a musical adaptation of the mush-loved Mrs. Doubtfire movie in the works.