The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada is getting a makeover. Rent and Avenue Q producer Kevin McCollum is developing a stage musical adaptation of the 2006 film, which in turn was an adaptation of the 2003 novel by Lauren Weisberger. Get all the details on the Devil Wears Prada musical after the jump. 

McCollum revealed his plans to the APThe Devil Wears Prada musical is part of a deal he entered in 2013 to turn Fox movies into musicals. He’s been busy working on the stage adaptations of Ever After and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The former begins its run at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey later this month, and the latter is set up at the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis.

In addition, McCollum has plans to bring a Mrs. Doubtfire musical to Broadway. We heard earlier this year that Alan Menken was composing the music for that project, with David Zippel writing the books and Harvey Fierstein writing the book (i.e., the script). At the time, Menken would only say that the project was “in its early stages.”

Directed by David Frankel, The Devil Wears Prada movie starred Anne Hathaway as the beleaguered assistant to a high-powered fashion magazine editor played by Meryl Streep. Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci also starred. All four have theater experience, though only Streep and Tucci have done Broadway, and all four have movie musical experience. However, it’s unclear whether any of them will be involved in the Devil Wears Prada musical for the stage.

As far as movie-to-musical ideas go, a Devil Wears Prada show isn’t a bad one. It’s a crowdpleasing tale full of glitzy moments and song-and-dance-worthy emotions. Plus, it’ll give some Broadway grand dame a chance to sink her teeth into the same role that earned Meryl Streep her 80,000th Oscar nomination.

McCollum knows a thing or two about creative types struggling to get by in New York City, having produced Rent and Avenue Q. His other Broadway credits include High Fidelity and the West Side Story revival, and the current productions Something Rotten! and Hand to God. In all, he’s earned four Tony Awards and another several Tony nominations.

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