Beth Leavel will play Miranda Priestly in the world premiere of “The Devil Wears Prada” musical.
Leavel will play opposite Taylor Iman Jones, who takes on the role of Priestly’s assistant Andy Sachs. The production will make its premiere at Chicago’s CIBC Theatre from July 13 through Aug. 15, 2021, one year later than previously announced.
The production had been announced to play the James M. Nederlander Theatre in Chicago in the summer of 2020.
“We realized that we wanted more time to work on the show,” producer Kevin McCollum said. “Our creative team members are in demand around the world with ridiculous schedules. The new dates mean that not only do we get an ideal theatre in Chicago (the CIBC Theatre), it also allows our New York landlord to confirm the Broadway venue, which means we have more time to coordinate our physical design, marketing and sales plans accordingly.”
The show features music by Sir Elton John, lyrics by Shaina Taub, a book by Paul Rudnick and direction by Anna D. Shapiro. James Alsop has joined the team as choreographer.
McCollum is producing alongside Rocket Entertainment. The musical is presented by special arrangement with Buena Vista Theatrical.
Leavel won a Tony Award for her performance in “The Drowsy Chaperone.” She recently appeared on Broadway in “The Prom,” for which she received a Tony nomination.
Jones previously starred in “Groundhog Day” and “Head Over Heels.”
Additional casting will be announced at a later date.