Elton John Says ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ Musical “Not Ready” – Deadline


Elton John-Shaina Taub stage musical adaptation of The Devil Wears Pradawhich recently finished a five-week engagement in Chicago, is “not ready” for subsequent stagings, John said today, appearing to end speculation that a Broadway or West End production was in the immediate pipeline.

The Devil Wears Prada was in preview in Chicago and it’s not ready,” John said in an interview with BBC Radio2’s Zoe Ball, who asked if the show was coming to London. “It will be ready in another year. We can’t get our theater anyway.”

In the meantime, the rock icon will focus on Tammy Fayethe musical he co-wrote with Jake Schears, which opens this autumn at London’s Almeida Theatre.

Although John didn’t go into detail about what exactly it doesn’t work with Prada — he called into the radio show to plug his “Hold Me Closer” single with Britney Spears — reviews of the Chicago production, which ran July 19-August 21 at the James M. Nederlander Theatre, weren’t so reticent. Sniped New York Times, “Even though the show takes place at a fashion magazine, its creative team doesn’t seem to have settled on a style. Is this a heartfelt story of a young woman’s education — sentimental, professional, sartorial — or a Fashion Week party? An investigation into toxic workplace culture or an excuse to put an Eiffel Tower (technically two Eiffel Towers) on stage? This is a show that has tried everything in its closet. Nothing fits.”

The musical had, and has, aroused great anticipation in the theater environment, with star power both on stage and behind the scenes. Based on Lauren Weisberger’s best-selling 2003 novel (adapted into the hit 2006 film starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway), the musical features music by John, lyrics by Taub (who wrote the music and lyrics for the hit Public Theater adaptation of As you like it and, more recently, the public’s suffragist musical Suffering) with a book by Kate Wetherhead and direction by Tony winner Anna D. Shapiro.

In Chicago, Broadway favorite Beth Leavel (The Prom) played Miranda Priestly (Streep in the film) and Taylor Iman Jones took the Hathaway role of Andy Sachs. Also on the cast was Javier Muñoz.

Deadline has reached out to a spokesperson for the musical for additional information.



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