Vanessa Williams Is Miranda Priestly in West End The Devil Wears Prada Musical | Playbill

London News Vanessa Williams Is Miranda Priestly in West End The Devil Wears Prada Musical

Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell will direct and choreograph the musical based on the 2006 film and original novel.

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Tony nominee Vanessa Williams is strutting into the West End to play cutthroat editor-in-chief Miranda Priestly in the upcoming stage musical adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada. The musical is set to play London's Dominion Theatre beginning in October 2024.

The Devil Wears Prada features a score by Elton John, lyrics by Shaina Taub (Suffs), a book by Kate Wetherhead, and direction and choreography by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde, Hairspray).

Williams was last seen on the West End stage in the Olivier-winning Donmar Warehouse production of City of Angels, which closed in fall 2020. On Broadway, Williams most recently originated the role of Margaret in POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive. She earned a Tony nomination for her performance as the Witch in the 2002 Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods

Based on the novel by Lauren Weisberger and the 2006 film adaptation, The Devil Wears Prada follows aspiring fashion journalist Andy Sachs. When she is hired as assistant to Miranda Priestly, editor-in-chief of the fictional Runway Magazine, she discovers that breaking into the industry requires more than she expected. 

The Devil Wears Prada had its world premiere at Chicago's James M. Nederlander Theatre last year. The production was directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro, and starred Beth Leavel and Taylor Iman Jones as Miranda Priestly and Andy Sachs, respectively.  Full West End casting will be announced at a later date.

Mitchell has assembled a totally new creative team for his staging, with the West End bow set to feature scenic design by Tim Hatley, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Bruno Poet, and sound design by Gareth Owen. Casting is by Jill Green.

The new musical will have an exclusive preview engagement at Theatre Royal Plymouth in July 2024, prior to opening at the Dominion. Kevin McCollum and Rocket Entertainment's David Furnish are still attached as producers after working on the Chicago world premiere. Joining for the London bow are Alchemation and Jamie Wilson. They present by special arrangement with Buena Vista Theatrical.


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