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Tony Award Winner Anna D. Shapiro to Direct THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA Musical

Anna D. Shapiro
Anna D. Shapiro

Anna D. Shapiro

Tony Award-winner Anna D. Shapiro will direct the upcoming musical The Devil Wears Prada, with music by Sir Elton John, lyrics by Shaina Taub, and book by Paul Rudnick.

Based on Lauren Weisberger’s best-selling 2003 novel and the 2006 blockbuster film from Fox 2000 Pictures, the new musical is produced by Kevin McCollum, Fox Stage Productions, and Rocket Entertainment.

A production time-line and casting will be announced at a later date.

Anna D. Shapiro, the artistic director of Steppenwolf Theatre Company, won the Tony Award in 2008 for directing August: Osage County on Broadway. She also received a Tony nomination for directing The Motherfucker with the Hat in 2011.

On the announcement, Ms. Shapiro said, “I am truly honored to be a part of this incredible project.  Working with Shaina, Paul, and Sir Elton has already proven to be one of the great thrills of my career, and I look forward to bringing Lauren’s beloved world to the stage.”

The Devil Wears Prada is the story of Andy Sachs, a smart, curious, and innocent young woman making her way in the world. Andy’s a few years out of college and, while she’s determined to become a serious writer, she’s waylaid into a job as a second assistant at Runway, the world’s foremost fashion magazine. Andy ends up working for Miranda Priestly, Runway‘s legendary, notorious Editor-in-Chief. Miranda is brilliant, impossibly demanding, and merciless. She introduces Andy to 15-hour workdays, the glory and complexity of fashion, and the dazzle of Fashion Week in Paris. Along the way, Andy finds friendship, romance, and a killer wardrobe. She also begins to grow up and decide exactly who she truly wants to be, amid the many temptations of a high-octane Manhattan career. The Devil Wears Prada explores a world that’s passionate, comic, and touching. As Andy discovers, it’s a great ride.

The Devil Wears Prada was released in cinemas in June 2006 and went on to gross $326 million worldwide. Lauren Weisberger’s original novel spent six months on The New York Times bestseller list.

 

Casting announced for Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub’s musical reworking of Twelfth Night

Kwame Kwei Armah
Kwame Kwei Armah

Kwame Kwei Armah

Today casting is announced for Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub’s musical reworking of Twelfth Night. The Young Vic production is set in London’s Notting Hill.

Casting is as follows:
Melissa Allen (Feste) 
Gabrielle Brooks (Viola)
Gerard Carey (Malvolio)
Natalie Dew (Olivia)
Martyn Ellis (Sir Toby Belch) 
Gbemisola Ikumelo (Maria)
Jyuddah Jaymes (Sebastian)
Jonathan Livingstone (Antonio)
Silas Wyatt-Barke (Andrew Aguecheek) 
Rupert Young (Orsino)

The professional cast will perform alongside a community chorus of 60 members from Southwark and Lambeth. The chorus will be divided into two teams of 30.
 

Twelfth Night set design is by Rob Jones, costume design by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting design by Tim Lutkin, sound design by Richard Brooker, choreography by Lizzi Gee and musical direction by Sean Green. Casting by Pippa Ailion, CDG.Twelfth Night was originally performed at The Public Theater in New York as part of their Public Works program in 2016, and revisited this summer as part of their free Shakespeare in the Park Delacorte season. Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of The Public Theater, is co-directing with Kwame Kwei-Armah.

Full cast biographies available on the Young Vic blog here.

Twelfth Night
Tuesday 2 October – Saturday 17 November 2017
Main House, Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London, SE1 8LZ
Press Night: Monday 8 October at 7:00pm
Performances: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm | Matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm
Access Performances:
Captioned Performance: Thursday 1 November at 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance: Wednesday 7 November at 2.30pm
Tickets:
Previews 2 – 6 October £10, £20, £25| 9 October – 17 November £10, £20, £30, £40
Concessions available.
Box Office: www.youngvic.org | 020 7922 2922