Sometimes you think a musical is a no brainer, and then it just doesn’t work out. Take Viva Forever! – the Spice Girls musical that closed after six months despite having a script written by Jennifer Saunders, a back catalogue of sing-along hits and endorsement by the girls themselves. Or I Can’t Sing – the musical written by Harry Hill based on the X-Factor that was actually really rather funny (I saw it: I LOLed) but that also closed early. The news that The Devil Wears Prada is being adapted for the stage has us REALLY excited though, not just because we love the film, but because it might just actually work. Here’s why…
1. We’re already busy imagining the some of the potential songs. How about She’s Not Meant To Be Here Until Nine, sung in a panic by Emily and the rest of the magazine staff when Miranda turns up in the office earlier than expected (best line of the song: Nigel “did someone eat an onion bagel?”). Or Oh Em Gee I’m Going To Paree, where Andie works through the difficulties this situation presents for her. Not to mention Miranda’s heart felt rendition of Cerulean.
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2. Broadway producer Kevin McCollum will be producing the stage version of the film. He counts Rent and Avenue Q on his CV, and will also be adapting Mrs Doubtfire into a musical. With credentials like that, we anticipate a brilliant show.
3. We remember hearing that Legally Blonde was heading to Broadway and thought “there’s no way that can work”, but have you seen it? It’s great! Musicals often don’t take themselves too seriously, so they’re funnier than the film and self-aware enough to be a bit tongue-in-cheek.
4. We’re all a bit bored of those jukebox musicals – that’s shows that are full of songs you know but there’s no real plot. With the exception of Mamma Mia and We Will Rock you of course, who pioneered the whole thing and totally got away with it. We’re excited about seeing a show with a proper story and great characters; we’re sure we’ll get to know the songs they create to go with them soon enough.
5. Chick Flick musicals are a hen night outing winner. As anyone who has ever been to the Saturday matinee of Dirty Dancing will know, the audience is jam packed with over-excited women and L-plates. TDWP The Musical has hen party written all over it.
6. The chances of the original cast members being in it are really quite high – both Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway have sung in film versions of Mamma Mia and Les Miserables respectively, so we know they’ve got a decent set of lungs between them. CROSS YOUR FINGERS EVERYONE!