Elton John is writing the songs for the upcoming ‘Devil Wears Prada’ stage adaptation and it’s definitely “revolutionary.”
The 75-year-old singer revealed the show’s tunes would surprise fans, calling it “modern” in a new interview with People.
“It’s one of my favorite films and the subject matter of the film also calls for music,” John said. “But I just thought, ‘You must have characters that you can write [songs] for, and you have to have a backdrop that can inspire you musically,” and the movie does that.
The “Rocketman” said he enjoyed writing 20 songs for the show alongside his writing partner Shaina Taub (“Twelfth Night,” “As You Like It”).
The interview also included glimpses of John singing three of the show’s tunes, including “Dress Your Way Up”, “When a Legend Is Born” and, of course, “The Devil Wears Prada”.
“The lyrics are so brilliant because it seems like I’ve been to enough fashion shows in my life to know that it’s the excitement of seeing something new and seeing something awesome, and you you’re there and you can feel the excitement in the crowd and you know something special has happened,” he said of “When a Legend Is Born.”
“It’s like going to a rock concert,” he added.
“The Devil Wears Prada: The Musical” is based on Lauren Weisberger’s cutthroat fashion novel and the cult 2006 film starring Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep.
The cast of the musical will be led by Tony winner Beth Leavel as Miranda Priestly and Taylor Iman Jones as Andy Sachs, characters played by Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway respectively in the film.
The costars include Javier Muñoz as Nigel Owens, Christiana Cole as Lauren Hunter, Megan Masako Haley as Emily Charlton, Tiffany Mann as Kayla Ward, Michael Tacconi as Nate Angstrom, and Christian Thompson playing Christian Thompson, with whom he shares the same name.
An official synopsis for the show reads, “Runway Magazine. The supreme authority of the haute couture world and the new home of wizard Andy Sachs. It’s a job a million people would kill for, but under the pointed heels of legendary Runway editor Miranda Priestly, the job is no dream. Faced with dazzling leadership and stratospheric expectations from Miranda, Andy is pushed to the limit, forced to choose between her career and her own happiness.
Audiences can see the show July 19 through August 21 at the James M. Nederlander Theater in Chicago.