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Shaina Taub joins Elton John in The Devil Wears Prada creative team
The Devil Wears Prada musical in development adds Shaina Taub as lyricist.
The musical adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada takes another fashionable step in the right direction by adding Shaina Taub to its creative team. Ms. Taub joins composer Sir Elton John and book writer Paul Rudnick for the project and will serve as lyricist.
Ms. Taub released the following statement: "Writing songs with Elton John is a joy and an honor. The Devil Wears Prada is one of my all-time favorite movies. I'm thrilled to join this amazing team in bringing this story about two complex and brilliant women to the stage."
Sir Elton added: "It’s great working with Shaina. We’re all having a blast and I’m delighted with the way the show is shaping up,” whilst Mr. Rudnick noted that "Shaina is a superb lyricist, a pleasure to work with, and an invaluable addition to the Prada team."
Shaina Taub's work on the New York stage includes Shaina Taub the Public Works' productions of As You Like It and Twelfth Night, as well as the score of the 2016 Signature Theatre production of Old Hats (in which she also co-starred alongside Bill Irwin and David Shiner). As a performer, she also earned a Lucille Lortel Award nomination in 2014 for her role in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 at Kazino and appeared in the New York Theatre Workshop production of Hadestown in 2016.
Sir Elton John is no stranger to musicals with Disney's The Lion King still running in New York, London, and all over the globe, and Billy Elliot: The Musical enjoying an 11-year run in the West End and over 3 years on Broadway. Those musicals earned Elton John Tony Award nominations for "Best Original Score" in 1998 and 2009, respectively. He won a Tony Award in 2000 for his score of Aida, and he also wrote the music for the 2006 vampire-themed musical Lestat and was listed as a producer on the 2019 production of Next Fall on Broadway.
Playwright/screenwriter Paul Rudnick (also known by his pseudonym Joseph Howard) has a rich history in both Hollywood and in New York. His many screenplays include "Sister Act," "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit," "Addams Family Values," "In & Out," and "The Stepford Wives," whilst his off-Broadway plays include Jeffrey, The Naked Truth, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Valhalla, Regrets Only, The New Century, and Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays. Rudnick made his Broadway debut with the 1991 comedy I Hate Hamlet.
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', and she took home the Golden Globe for 'Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical'. 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 Devil Wears Prada also earned 5 BAFTA nominations.
The partnership of producers Kevin McCollum and Fox Stage Productions also has a musical adaptation of the much-loved "Mrs. Doubtfire" movie in the works.
The Devil Wears Prada is being produced by top Broadway producer Kevin McCollum, Fox Stage Productions (a division of Twentieth Century Fox) and Rocket Entertainment.