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The Devil Wears Prada as a stage musical — groundbreaking.
The hit 2006 film starring Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt is currently being developed into a song-and-dance with producer Kevin McCollum, according to the Associated Press.
The Rent and Avenue Q producer’s new project is part of his movie-musical partnership with 20th Century Fox, into which he entered in 2013. He also noted that he hopes to adapt a musical stage version of Mrs. Doubtfire.
McCollum is currently backing the stage adaptation of Ever After, which will begin performances later this month atNew Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical at the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis.
He has two shows on Broadway that together have earned 15 Tony Award nominations: the dark comedy play Hand to God featuring Steven Boyer and a devilish hand puppet, and the musical-celebrating musical Something Rotten! starring Brian d’Arcy James and Christian Borle.
The David Frankel film, which followed a fish-out-of-water journalist working at a fashion magazine with an intolerable boss and also starred Stanley Tucci and Adrien Grenier, grossed $324 million worldwide.
Though there are no other details about the Devil Wears Prada transformation, Hathaway — who currently is in Julie Taymor’s production of Grounded at the Public Theater — is known to have an interest in doing musical theater but has never been on Broadway. Might she reprise her Runway role on the Great White Way? And Streep has always talked about coming back to the stage….
Or maybe they’ll just cast other actors. Because “everybody wants this. Everybody wants to be us.”
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