A musical adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada – featuring music written by Elton John – will premiere in 2020. Tony-winning director Anna D. Shapiro will adapt Lauren Weisberger’s best-selling book – whose famous 2006 movie adaptation starred Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway – for the stage.
“Re-imagining The Devil Wears Prada for the musical theater is super-exciting,” Elton John previously said in a statement. “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 musical, which was first announced in 2017, will make its pre-Broadway world debut in Chicago on 14 July 2020 and play through to 16 August 2020, Deadline reports. Details on the Chicago cast and the musical’s Broadway run are not yet available.
The musical will feature all-new music by John, whose Broadway bona fides include The Lion King and Billy Elliot the Musical, and lyrics by singer-songwriter Shaina Taub. In 2018, Taub told Deadline she’d written the first batch of songs for The Devil Wears Prada that summer.
Taub sang John’s praises in the 2018 interview: “He’s an incredible artist and so kind, and so open, and so collaborative, and it’s just been a really powerful experience to work with a legend who really is an artist who loves making music and loves to collaborate with new people.”
She added that she was a “huge fan of Elton’s work” and revealed that she had visited him over the summer, during which time she “wrote the first batch of songs with Elton”.
The Devil Wears Prada follows protagonist Andy, a young writer who starts a job at a prestigious publication in New York City under a “stylish yet terrifying boss”, as the musical’s official synopsis reads. As Andy finds herself caught between the glamorous life she thought she wanted and the things that truly matter, she “struggles to navigate life’s runway to find her rightful place.”