Turning the iconic 2006 fashion-comedy The Devil Wears Prada into a musical at first seems like a no-brainer. The film famed for its many quotable lines and witty barbs basically writes the song list itself and boasts a large, dedicated fanbase. It’s odd that no-one’s tried before now.
As it turns out, they have. A US version of the fashionista musical has recently found itself mired by delays and a mixed debut in Chicago last year. Girding up for a second go, though, the show is getting a bit of an overhaul ready for a West End debut at the Dominion theatre in October 2024, it was announced today.
For the West End run, Broadway director-choreographer Jerry Mitchell has been brought on board alongside a host of other talent to bash the show into shape. He joins Elton John on music duty, with Shaina Taub on lyrics and a script by Kate Wetherhead.
The Devil Wears Prada film is based on the 2003 book by Lauren Weisberger – former PA to Vogue boss Anna Wintour – and tells the story of Andy, a bright-eyed PA dragged into the toxic environment of a hit fashion magazine by tyrannical editor Miranda Priestly.
Though there’s no word on a cast for the show yet, the newcomers will have big boots to fill: Meryl Streep picked up Oscar and BAFTA nominations for her memorable performance as the horribly toxic Priestly.
The Devil Wears Prada will be playing at the Dominion Theatre from October 2024.