Vanessa Williams lands role in Elton John musical

American actress and former model Vanessa Williams will play the role of fashion queen Miranda Priestly in the stage adaptation of the film. The Devil Wears Prada.

Imagined by none other than Elton John, author of the original music of the work, this new version will be presented on the London stage, in the form of musical theater.

“Bringing Miranda Priestly to life in the West End is an absolute dream come true,” said the actress.

Largely inspired by the magazine’s editor-in-chief. FashionAnna Wintour, the character of Miranda Priestly – created by Lauren Weisberger, author of the best-seller of the same name published in 2003 – was played for the first time in the cinema, in 2006, by Meryl Streep. The latter notably played the role of Anne Hathaway, who played the young Andrea Sachs, Emily Blunt, who played assistant Emily Charlton, and Stanley Tucci, who played her right-hand woman, Nigel.

At the moment no name other than Vanessa Williams has been revealed.

The Devil Wears Prada tells the story of young journalist Andy Sachs, fresh out of university, who gets a job at the prestigious magazine Clue, where he must do everything possible to satisfy the demands of the most powerful and terrifying figure in the fashion world, editor-in-chief Miranda Priestly. By sacrificing his personal life to try to make a place for himself in this world, Andy finds himself adhering to the codes of glamor whom he once despised.

In an interview granted to chicago tribune, Elton John explained that he had been working on this project since 2017 and that due to the age of the film it was necessary to adapt the text to the taste of the time. “I also told myself that I wanted to make modern music,” explained the artist, who surrounded himself with singer-songwriter Shaina Taub and choreographer Jerry Mitchell to put on this musical, reported CNews.


Elton John during his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” farewell tour at the Paris-Bercy sports center.

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Elton John during his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” farewell tour at the Paris-Bercy sports center.

In 2022, Elton John proposed such a play about Tammy Faye, which was performed at the Almeida Theater in London.

the piece of music The Devil Wears Prada will be presented at the Dominion Theater in London from October 2024.

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