The Devil Wears Prada is heading to London’s West End, with someone called Elton John (never heard of him) doing the music.
The iconic film version of The Devil Wears Prada was a huge critical and commercial success on its release in 2006. Directed by David Frankel and written by Aline Brosh McKenna, based on the novel by Lauren Weisberger, the plot saw Anne Hathaway’s meek collage graduate go up against Meryl Streep’s domineering editor.
Popular properties don’t stay dormant for long, and as is the case with many popular films with lasting cultural impact (and some with very little), The Devil Wears Prada is being adapted into a West End musical.
Kate Wetherhead will write the book, while Elton John and Shaina Taub will write the music and lyrics, respectively. Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots) will direct and choreograph.
Interestingly, The Devil Wears Prada happened to be the film that convinced Streep to give up the whole process of method acting. Having spent much of the production maintaining a cold distance from the rest of the cast – all the better to play the part of imposing boss, Miranda Priestly – Streep found herself thoroughly depressed by the experience. ““It was horrible,” Streep told Entertainment Weekly. “I was [miserable] in my trailer. I could hear them all rocking and laughing. I was so depressed! I said, ‘Well, it’s the price you pay for being boss!’ That’s the last time I ever attempted a method thing!”
While the musical version’s cast hasn’t yet been announced; it’ll be intriguing to see who takes over as the formidable Miranda Priestly – and whether or not they decide to go Full Method for the role.
We can we expect to see the much anticipated musical production of The Devil Wears Prada open in the West End in October 2024.
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