Thursday, May 30, 2024

Elton John Collaborating with New Lyricist Shaina Taub on “Devil Wears Prada” Musical for Broadway


Sir Elton John rarely writes with lyricists other than Bernie Taupin. The exceptions have been Broadway musicals like “Aida” and “The Lion King,” for which he wrote songs with Tim Rice.

So it’s a little bit of a surprise that Elton has a new collaborator for the Broadway musical version of “The Devil Wears Prada.” His lyricist will be Shaina Taub, a relative newcomer who has been an actress at the Public Theater and supplied lyrics for some of their Shakespeare productions.

Anna D. Shapiro will direct the musical based on the David Frankel movie. The very hilarious Paul Rudnick will take time off from writing trenchant tweets about Jared and Ivanka to write the book.

The three main women, based on Anna Wintour and two assistants, played in the movie by Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, and Emily Blunt, have not been cast yet. But you can bet there will be a massive campaign among all actresses on Broadway. Ironically, all three could star in it since they sing so well. But the budget would be a gazillion dollars.

as for Shaina Taub, she’s a find. She has an album out that you can list to on her website. She’s also got a bunch of dates at Joe’s Pub coming starting May 28th. Get your tickets now. Everyone will be talking about her.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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