Vanessa Williams Set to Play Miranda Priestly in Elton John’s New ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ Musical

Vanessa Williams Set to Play Miranda Priestly in Elton John’s New ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ Musical

Fashion and theater enthusiasts, get ready to clutch your pearls and straighten your designer spectacles because Vanessa Williams is stepping into the stilettos of the formidable Miranda Priestly in the West End production of “The Devil Wears Prada” musical. Yes, you heard it right—Williams is bringing the iconic, icy editor-in-chief of Runway magazine to life on stage, and if that wasn’t exciting enough, Elton John is the maestro behind the score. Talk about a fashionably musical combo that’s bound to set the stage on fire!

This fabulous news was announced by Williams herself, along with the production team, sending waves of excitement through the fashion corridors and beyond. Slated to start performances at London’s Dominion Theatre in October 2024, this adaptation promises to be a theatrical rendition worth waiting for. Williams, who has previously charmed audiences with her portrayal of the deliciously devilish Wilhelmina Slater in “Ugly Betty,” seems like a match made in fashion heaven for the role of Miranda Priestly. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to see Williams deliver the iconic “That’s all” with a dismissive wave of her hand?

But wait, there’s more! This isn’t just any musical adaptation. With Elton John composing the score, you can bet your last pair of Prada pumps that the music will be nothing short of spectacular. The lyrics, penned by Shaina Taub, and the direction and choreography by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell, mean this production has all the ingredients of a Broadway (or in this case, West End) hit.

The original story, based on the 2003 novel by Lauren Weisberger and immortalized by Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway in the 2006 film, has found a special place in the hearts of many. Now, with Williams at the helm, the musical is set to bring a fresh take on the cutthroat world of fashion publishing to the stage. The anticipation is building, and fans are already scrambling for tickets—or, as Williams put it in her announcement, “Don’t just sit there. Buy tickets, or something.”

As we gear up for this fashion-forward musical extravaganza, one thing is clear: the West End is about to get a whole lot more stylish. With Vanessa Williams leading the charge, “The Devil Wears Prada” musical is poised to be a runway hit. So, dust off your most fashionable attire, practice your most disdainful Miranda Priestly glare, and get ready for a show that promises to be as fabulous as it is fierce. And remember, in the world of fashion (and theater), one day you’re in, and the next day, you’re out. But with a team like this, we’re betting on an extended stay at the top.