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Elton John to turn 'Devil Wears Prada' into musical

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Meryl Street and Anne Hathaway starred in the 2006 film The Devil Wears Prada about an all-powerful fashion magazine editor who tyrannically imposes her will on an ambitious young editorial assistant.

[NEW YORK] Pop superstar Elton John unveiled on Thursday his return to Broadway with a musical adaptation of the blockbuster film and novel The Devil Wears Prada. John will write the music for The Devil Wears Prada, with lyrics to be penned by Paul Rudnick, a humourist who frequently writes for The New Yorker magazine.

"Reimagining The Devil Wears Prada for the musical theatre is super exciting," John said in a statement, which added that the production timeline will be announced later.

"I'm a huge fan of both the book and the feature film, and a huge aficionado of the fashion world. I can't wait to sink my musical teeth into this hunk of popular culture," the English musician said.

While Broadway is notoriously tough terrain even for famous names, John has a proven record of triumph with musicals.

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The Lion King, his musical adaptation of the Disney animated film, set the record as the first show to gross US$1 billion on Broadway where it remains the third longest-running show in history.

He also found success with a musical adaptation of Verdi's opera Aida as well as Billy Elliot the Musical, which closed last year after a successful run on London's West End.

Meryl Street and Anne Hathaway starred in the 2006 film The Devil Wears Prada about an all-powerful fashion magazine editor who tyrannically imposes her will on an ambitious young editorial assistant.

A major international box-office success, The Devil Wears Prada was based on the popular novel of the same name by Lauren Weisberger. The author formerly worked for longtime Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, although she has never confirmed that Wintour was the inspiration.

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