Vanessa Williams in West End’s The Devil Wears Prada with music by Elton John

Actress Vanessa Williams will star as Miranda Priestly in the upcoming musical adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada with music by Sir Elton John.

The American actress and singer, best known for her roles in Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives, said bringing “fashion’s most terrifying editor-in-chief” to life is “an absolute dream”.

The musical, based on the Oscar-nominated film and novel by Lauren Weisberger, will showcase an original score by Sir Elton John with lyrics by singer-songwriter Shaina Taub.

The 2006 film grossed 326 million US dollars (£259 million) worldwide and earned two Academy Award nominations.

Elton John – Farewell Yellow Brick Road show – Stockholm
Sir Elton John has composed several different musical scores (Yui Mok/PA)

The musical also boasts direction and choreography by Tony award winner Jerry Mitchell, a book by Kate Wetherhead and costume design by Gregg Barnes.

It is produced by Kevin McCollum, Rocket Entertainment, David Furnish and Jamie Wilson, with a special arrangement by Buena Vista Theatrical.

The musical first premiered in the US in 2022, with Beth Leavel playing the role of Miranda Priestly.

Sir Elton John has previously composed music for Broadway musicals such as The Lion King, Aida and Billy Elliot.

The Devil Wears Prada will premiere at London’s Dominion Theatre in October 2024, preceded by an exclusive preview at Theatre Royal Plymouth in the summer.

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