COMING SOON: The Devil Wears Prada: The Musical, Writers Will Be Sir Elton John And Paul Rudnick

Deadline reports:

“Is there some reason that my coffee isn’t here? Has she died or something?” That’s a snippet of Meryl Streep’s dialogue from the 2006 comedy The Devil Wears Prada. Now Sir Elton John and Paul Rudnick are writing a musical adaptation for Broadway.

A production timeline is TBA for the show, which will be produced by Kevin McCollum, Fox Stage Productions and John’s Rocket Entertainment. The ’70s hitmaker and Lion King and Aida composer said of the new project: “Re-imagining The Devil Wears Prada for the musical theatre is super exciting. 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.”

Rudnick’s myriad credits include Broadway’s I Hate Hamlet and such other stage fare as Jeffrey and The New Century, along with the the screenplays for In & Out and Addams Family Values. He also has authored novels and written for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Vogue and other magazines.

Meryl Streep earned a Tony nomination in 1976 for her performance in the Tennessee Williams play 27 Wagons Full Of Cotton. How great would it be for her to return to Broadway for this?

  • AtticusP

    “That’s all…”

  • bkmn

    Needs more male nudity.

    • WitlessProtection

      Doesn’t EVERYTHING?

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  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Seriously?? Another musical based on a movie/book/already done project?

    I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m all about recycling…but this trend is getting a bit much in my opinion.

    • Duh-David

      It doesn’t matter how well Sir Elton and Paul adapt the screenplay, the show will sell out the first year. The film is beloved. Broadway is a business and a street.

    • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

      I guess it is such an expensive venture, they’d rather go with a project that has an already built-in audience. At least they’re picking a good one this time.

    • Blake Mason

      I know what you mean… I am not a Broadway Baby by any definition… the last original musical I can think of was “In the Heights”.

      • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

        Hamilton? Take a look at what opened on Broadway last season. It is a nice mix of original works, revivals and some based on movies. But it doesn’t really matter to me since the ticket prices have gotten so high I won’t go.

        • Blake Mason

          Hamilton was adapted from a book.

          • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

            I don’t understand why it is undesirable for a musical to be based on a book, or any exiting material. Fiddler on the Roof, The Sound of Music, The King and I, Oklahoma, Hello Dolly. It’s the same with opera, most are based on existing works.

    • ByronK

      Ya, what next? A musical version of My Dinner with Andre?

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      • Ernest Endevor

        I liked that movie. Nice-guy gullible nebbish sits down with charlatan and believes every word he says.

  • james1200

    One of my favorite movies ever! (the book is fucking awful! An absolute mess, which makes what they did with the movie even more amazing.) Can’t wait to see what they do with it on stage.

  • Lazycrockett

    Speaking of Movies Its Debbie Reynolds Tribute Day over on TCM!!

  • Bill

    If Idina Menzel is cast as Miranda I am going to fucking kill myself.

    • Dazzer

      I’d rather have Helen Mirren.

      • tomfromthenews

        Or Glenn Close!

  • Daveed_WOW

    Both of those blue belts look exactly the same.

  • Duh-David

    “I’m just one stomach flu away from my goal weight.”

  • Dirk Prophet

    I hate musicals.

  • SDG

    Hmmm this could be awesome or….

  • Jeffrey

    There WILL be a number called “Cerulean”

  • Sam_Handwich

    yeah well, the Handwich wears Grey Poupon.

    so there

  • Robincho

    It’s perved to even suggest this, but I bet in the hands of the right makeup people, Streep could bring off a terrifyingly real Cuntway…

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  • Natty Enquirer

    “Cerulean” will make a nice fugue-ballet.

  • Texndoc

    I can see a cute number at the beginning with everyone dreading her entrance and “Miranda’s Aria” at the end when her marriage fails but what else?

  • Hue-Man

    Will be closed down on opening night pursuant to America’s new Gay Propaganda Laws.

  • kevin000

    I’m not sure that Streep has the voice for Broadway, but Close would nail it.

    • Ernest Endevor

      She’s been in a musical on B’way.

  • royinhell

    “Imagine the audience eagerly awaiting the newest music of Cole Porter or the Gershwins…. Now, it’s please, Elton John- must we continue this charade?”
    -Man In Chair, “The Drowsy Chaperone”

    • gothambear

      truly one of the most imaginative and enjoyable shows to hit Broadway – loved it. Sutton Foster, Beth Level, Danny Burstein all just nailed it.

  • MBear

    Elton who?

  • tomfromthenews

    Prediction: There will be a number called “That’s All”.

  • Acronym Jim

    I loved the movie Jeffrey!

    Okay, maybe not the movie so much as…

  • Rand503

    Okay, I loved Meryl, I loved the clothes and the over all plot was interesting. But I REALLY hated the friends and the ending.

    Here is a young woman who gets a terrific job, and acts superior to everyone else. Fine, but really, when you start at the bottom in any company or industry, you don’t sneer at everyone else about how superior you are. She deserved her putdown from Meryl.

    Then, she finally starts to take her job seriously, and her friends whine and complain that she doesn’t spend enough time them. So she pulls out the free gifts, and they are happy to take them, then they whine some more about her not being there. I would have snatched those gifts back and given them to people who appreciate them!

    Then there is the “it’s all about me” boyfriend. Oh, so his birthday MUST be celebrated on his very special day! Well, isn’t that all very selfish of him. you know, birthdays are for child ten and grandparents, and they are not for adults. And to the extent they are, you accommodate your friends and celebrate when you can.

    But oh, not mister “this relationship is about me!” His girlfriend has an important function to go to, but she should give it all up to spend the evening with him. Can it be celebrated the next day when she is free? No — he pouts because her job is important to her.

    Then she finally gets how the industry works, and she has several friends actually bail her out and help her along the way. She finally quits ,and in her interview with the rabble rousing newspaper, she stomps all over those very friends who helped her and acts as though it was a complete waste of her time to have worked at the magazine.

    She deserves shallow friends and a selfish boyfriend because that is all she is in the end. What a message!

    The music would have to be damn good before I would pay money to see this musical.

    • Strepsi

      Haha, that’s my take too, and that annoying woman – the author of the book – is who will make out like a bandit in royalties!

    • Grimes

      Omg this is it to a tee! I still love the movie, but the plot struggles you lay out always frustrated me. Maybe it was Meryl’s acting/character, the other supporting characters (not her friends, boyfriend), and the clothes that bring me back every time.

  • Lars Littlefield

    I’ll pass. On a flight from Berlin to LA the entertainment system broke down and the only thing to watch was Devil Wears Prada. I watched and slept through the film four times in a row. It was like eating too much of something and getting sick of it, unable to ever eat it again. Plus, the guy sitting next to me was a big greasy German who farted for twelve hours straight. Aaaiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!

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  • re: Sir Elton John: FWIW I don’t think Americans have any obligation to use the British Sir and Dame prefixes.

    • Strepsi

      But we do anyway, mainly because the prefixes are so gay.

  • CanuckDon

    Broadway needs to work on “Network…The Musical”.

  • olandp

    Now I know what I’ll be doing tonight, again…