Anna D. Shapiro announced as director of The Devil Wears Prada
The long-in-the-works musical adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada finds its director.
UPDATE: The Devil Wears Prada will now receive its world premiere from July 2022 in Chicago.
Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro has officially joined the creative team of the upcoming musical adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada as its director.
Ms. Shapiro won a Tony Award for her Broadway directorial debut with August: Osage County in 2008. She then earned a Tony nomination in 2011 for The Motherfucker with the Hat and has since helmed Broadway productions of Of Mice and Men and This Is Our Youth in 2014, Fish in the Dark in 2015 and was last represented on the Great White Way by 2018's Straight White Men. She also serves as the artistic director of Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
Ms. Shapiro commented: "I am truly honored to be a part of this incredible project. Working with Shaina, Paul, and Sir Elton has already proven to be one of the great thrills of my career, and I look forward to bringing Lauren's beloved world to the stage."
The Devil Wears Prada, based on the 2003 novel by Lauren Weisberger and the 20th Century Fox 2006 motion picture, features music by Sir Elton John, lyrics by Shaina Taub and a book by Paul Rudnick.
Synopsis: "The Devil Wears Prada is the story of Andy Sachs, a smart, curious and innocent young woman making her way in the world. Andy's a few years out of college and while she's determined to become a serious writer, she's waylaid into a job as a Second Assistant at Runway, the world's foremost fashion magazine. Andy ends up working for Miranda Priestly, Runway's legendary, notorious Editor-in-Chief. Miranda is brilliant, impossibly demanding and merciless, and she introduces Andy to 15 hour workdays, the glory and complexity of fashion, and the dazzle of Fashion Week in Paris. Along the way, Andy finds friendship, romance and a killer wardrobe. She also begins to grow up and decide exactly who she truly wants to be, amid the many temptations of a high-octane Manhattan career. The Devil Wears Prada explores a world that's passionate, comic and touching: as Andy discovers, it's a great ride."
A timeline for the production, as well as venue, casting and additional creative team information will be announced at a later date.
The 2006 film's cast included Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, and Stanley Tucci. Ms. Streep earned her 14th Oscar nomination for the film, which also received a nomination for 'Best Achievement in Costume Design'. At the 2007 Golden Globe Awards, Streep took home the prize for 'Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical, whilst Emily Blunt was nominated in the 'Actress in a Supporting Role' category and the film itself was nominated for 'Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical'. The original novel by Lauren Weisberger spent an astonishing six months on The New York Times bestseller list.
The Devil Wears Prada is produced by Kevin McCollum, Fox Stage Productions, and Rocket Entertainment.
(Photo by Frank Ishman)