A musical based on a movie. For Broadway? Groundbreaking.
Yes, a musical inspired by the hit 2006 movie The Devil Wears Prada will strut to the Great White Way, first heading to Chicago’s James M. Nederlander Theatre on July 14, 2020.
The out-of-town engagement will run until August 16, where the musical adaptation will presumably make its way to Broadway. There’s no word on who will take over the parts made famous by Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, and Emily Blunt (“a million girls would kill for that job”). However, the show’s music will come from Elton John with lyrics by Shaina Taub. It will be directed by Tony winner Anna D. Shapiro with a book written by Paul Rudinick. The forthcoming project’s official description reads:
“Andy, an ambitious young writer in New York City, lands a job at a prestigious magazine. Trying to survive under her stylish yet terrifying boss, she finds herself caught between the dreams she thought she wanted, and the cost of what that reality brings. A joyous, funny, and – of course – ultraglamorous story about navigating life’s runway to discover where you’re meant to be, The Devil Wears Prada is a new musical that gives the hit film a fabulously fresh makeover. Sometimes the best fashion statements are sung.”
The film was originally based on Lauren Weisberger’s bestselling 2003 novel of the same name and garnered a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Meryl Streep. Adapting popular films into stage musicals has long been a tradition of the theater. Other movies to recently get the musical treatment for Broadway include Pretty Woman, Tootsie, Beetlejuice and Moulin Rouge! Tickets for the Chicago run will go on sale October 6.