Gird your loins, Broadway, because Miranda Priestly is coming to town and she’s got Elton John playing her in. John has signed on to co-write a musical adaptation of the smash 2006 comedy The Devil Wears Prada.
The Rocket Man will write the music for the show, while playwright/screenwriter Paul Rudnick (The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, In & Out) will provide the book and lyrics. Of course, this won’t be John’s first time writing for Broadway, as he’s previously composed music for The Lion King, Aida and Billy Elliot the Musical.
The Devil Wears Prada starred Anne Hathaway and the completely overrated Meryl Streep, who received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Priestly, a frigid fashion magazine editor. Though no casting announcements have been made, both Streep and Hathaway have proven vocal abilities, the former starring in the Mamma Mia! adaptation and that latter appearing in the Les Misérables movie. Just putting that out into the universe.
“Re-imagining The Devil Wears Prada for the musical theatre is super exciting,” John said (via Deadline). “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.”
John’s Rocket Entertainment will produce alongside Fox Stage Productions and Kevin McCollum. There’s no word yet on a production timeline, but surely fans won’t mind if they move at a glacial pace. You know how that thrills them.