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Elton John is writing the score for a musical adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada, and we are so ready for it

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Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada

A musical version of the beloved 2006 film The Devil Wears Prada is making its way to the stage next summer. That’s all.

We officially live in a world where the one and only Elton John is writing songs for a musical adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada, and we can all safely assume this is the peak of humanity’s existence. 

That’s right, ladies and gents: the amazing 2006 film (and 2003 novel by Lauren Weisberger, less we forget) is getting its very own theatrical treatment, with songs written by Sir Elton John himself.

The musical adaptation itself was first announced back in 2017, but now we know that the show will officially make its off-Broadway debut in Chicago in summer 2020, taking residence at the James M. Nederlander Theatre from 14 July – 16 August. It is then intended that the musical will begin a Broadway engagement. 

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The Devil Wears Prada musical: Elton John is writing the songs for the stage adaptation.

While this is good news for American fans of the story, there are currently no concrete plans for the musical to come to the West End. However, we can keep our fingers crossed: the Pretty Woman musical debuted off-broadway in Chicago, and after a hit Broadway run, has now made its way to London. 

“Re-imagining The Devil Wears Prada for the musical theatre is super-exciting,” John said in a previous 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.”

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For people who aren’t familiar with The Devil Wears Prada, the story follows the character of Andy (played in the film by Anne Hathaway), an ambitious young woman who lands a job at an exclusive fashion magazine in New York City. However, despite it being a dream job for the young writer, she soon finds out everything is not as peachy as it seemed. Her stylish boss Miranda Priestly (played by the iconic Meryl Streep) turns out to be a figure straight out of hell, and as Andy finds herself caught between her dream opportunity and the things that actually matter to her, she has to work everything out as the cogs of the fashion industry whir around her.

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The Devil Wears Prada musical: Andy and Miranda will make their on-stage debut.

Alongside Elton John, the creative team for The Devil Wears Prada musical is shaping up to be pretty impressive. While the music will be written by John, composer and singer-songwriter Shaina Taub is set to write the lyrics, and Tony winner Anna D. Shapiro will direct.

We don’t have any other information about the casting or tickets yet, but we’ll keep you updated as the news comes in. 

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