Elton John and writer Paul Rudnick are collaborating on a musical adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada for Broadway.
The show will likely be based on the 2006 film, which starred Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep, along with Lauren Weisberger’s 2003 novel of the same name. The novel and film follow Andrea Sachs, a recent college grad who rises through the ranks at a high-end fashion magazine supervised by the brilliantly cutthroat Miranda Priestly.
“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.”
A production timeline for The Devil Wears Prada will probably be announced at a subsequent date. The musical is being produced by Rocket Entertainment, Fox Stage Productions and by Broadway heavyweight Kevin McCollum.
Alongside his monumental pop career, John has worked on several high-profile Broadway shows. In 1998, he received a Tony nomination for The Best score for The Lion King and won two years later for Aida (both shows were collaborations with lyricist Tim Rice). More recently, he was nominated for Best Score again for 2009’s Billy Elliot the Musical.
Rudnick’s has also had a fruitful Broadway career as a composer, lyricist and playwright. He broke out in 1993 with his play, Jeffrey (adapted into a film in 1995), and garnered critical acclaim for shows such as I Hate Hamlet, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told and Valhalla. Rudnick contributes regularly to magazines like The New Yorker and Vanity Fair and has also written several screenplays, novels.