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The Devil Wears Prada musical is in the works

28 January 2017

WORDS BY Fashion Quarterly New Zealand

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New Devil Wears Prada musical set to get a touch of pop brilliance

Music legend Elton John will write the songs for the upcoming stage show based on the bestselling novel and hit movie The Devil Wears Prada.

Sir Elton said he was a huge fan of both the book and the film, and a “huge aficionado of the fashion world,” the BBC reports.

“I can’t wait to sink my musical teeth into this hunk of popular culture.”

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The singer will compose the score alongside famed American writer Paul Rudnick.

The character of Miranda Priestly is said to have been based on Anna Wintour. Photo: Fox 2000 Pictures.
The character of Miranda Priestly is said to have been based on Anna Wintour. Photo: Fox 2000 Pictures.

The 2003 best-selling novel, rumoured to be based on the experience of author Lauren Weisberger’s time spent working as an assistant to American Vogue editor Anna Wintour, became a hit movie after its release in 2006.

The comedy drama starred Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep, who was cast as the fearsome Miranda Priestly. Streep’s star turn as the icy editor also saw her earn an Oscar nomination in 2007 for her legendary performance.

The go-ahead for a Broadway stage adaption was announced in 2015. The musical is being produced by Kevin McCollum – the man behind theatre hits Rent and Avenue Q – and Bob Cohen of Fox Stage Productions.

The show’s producers said the decision to approach Sir Elton and Paul Rudnick to work on the stage show was because it needed “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.” the pair said in a joint statement. “We could only think of two names: Elton John and Paul Rudnick. That’s all!”

Sir Elton has penned hits to musicals in the past including the score for the hit The Lion King and the stage adaptation of Billy Elliot.

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Photos: Courtesy Fox 2000 Pictures

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