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Ugly Betty’s Vanessa Williams Will Play Miranda Priestly in The The Devil Wears Prada Musical

A die-hard fan of The Devil Wears Prada? Keep reading for some great news, and a chance to experience the iconic movie front row.



It’s official: an Ugly Betty renaissance is underway. Firstly there is, of course, the Noughties hit’s indefatigable titular star, America Ferrera, who will soon attend the Oscars as a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Barbie. And now Vanessa Williams, who was delicious as her spiky antagonist Wilhelmina Slater, is back in the spotlight too, in a role that she seems born to play: the delightfully frosty, impossibly glamorous Miranda Priestly in the new West End musical retelling of The Devil Wears Prada.


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The Emmy, Tony and SAG Award-nominated actor and singer – who’s also an 11-time Grammy nominee to boot – is due to take the part of Runway’s terrifying editor-in-chief this summer, with a preview opening at Theatre Royal Plymouth ahead of the show’s West End debut at the Dominion Theatre in October. The behind-the-scenes team for this all-singing, all-dancing reimagining of the era-defining film based on Lauren Weisberger’s 2003 bestseller is equally impressive: alongside living legend Elton John, who has created its original score, Tony winner Jerry Mitchell will direct and choreograph the musical numbers, Emmy nominee Shaina Taub has penned the lyrics, and the costumes will be designed by Gregg Barnes, the man behind the on-stage ensembles in the Broadway adaptations of everything from Legally Blonde to Mean Girls. So you can expect some incredible looks under the spotlight.

And as for who’ll be cast as innocent young journalist-turned-Chanel boots-wearing fashion insider Andy Sachs? Expect more news to follow in due course. As the saying goes, a million girls would kill for that job.

The Devil Wears Prada Musical will run at Theatre Royal Plymouth from 9 July 2024, and then at London’s Dominion Theatre from 24 October 2024.

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