The show will be based on Lauren Weisberger’s 2003 novel of the same name, as well as the 2006 film, which starred Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep. The book and film follow Andrea Sachs, a recent college graduate who rises the ranks at a high-end fashion magazine overseen by the brilliantly cutthroat Miranda Priestly.
“Reimagining The Devil Wears Prada for the musical theater is super exciting,” said John. “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.”
A production timeline for The Devil Wears Prada will be announced at a later date. The musical is being produced by Broadway heavyweight Kevin McCollum, Fox Stage Productions and Rocket Entertainment.
Along with his monumental pop career, John has worked on several high-profile Broadway shows. In 1998, he received a Tony nomination for Best score for The Lion King and won two years later for Aida (both shows were collaborations with lyricist Tim Rice). More recently, he was nominated for Best Score again for 2009’s Billy Elliot the Musical.
Rudnick’s has also had a fruitful Broadway career as a composer, lyricist and playwright. He broke out in 1993 with his play, Jeffrey (adapted into a movie in 1995), and garnered critical acclaim for shows such as I Hate Hamlet, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told and Valhalla. Rudnick has also written several screenplays, novels and contributes regularly to magazines like The New Yorker and Vanity Fair.