Like many shows heading to Broadway, Chicago is a test market for twists and turns.
Elton John’s music is great, and James Alsop’s choreography is evocative and clean. I had the chance to speak with James and what is her favorite number on the show.
she replied: Well, it’s really hard to pick a favorite dance number in the show. Because it draws out… it’s unique to the song alone.
The set design is great and I applaud the smooth set changes. They become part of the show.
Adapted for the stage from Kate Weatherhead’s book, this production needs a little work in a few places in the second act. The weak point for me was Michael Tacconi as boyfriend Nate Angstrom.
There was nothing to do with Andy as her boyfriend at all.He’s more of a “friend” zone attitude. When they part, he seems to say, “Oh well,” and when they get back together, he says, “Sure, we can get back together… I don’t care.” plug.”
The other disappointment was fashion. With costume design by Academy Award-nominated costume designer Arianne Phillips, I expected to walk out of the theater and discuss great fashion non-stop. There were many works in the audience. With one exception, Emily’s (Megan Masako Hailey) wardrobe was unlike any other, eye-catching and memorable. Unfortunately, most of the other costumes were just costumes.
I love the diversity of the cast and the great voices. Taylor Iman Jones, who stars as Andy Sachs, is funny, has a great voice, and embodies the role. Tony Award winner Beth Leavell as Miranda Priestley does not imitate her Meryl Streep, but plays the part herself. she is wonderful Another standout on the show is Megan Masako Haley as Emily Charlton. She has just the right amount of bravery and enough condescension to make her role believable.
Last but not least, I have to mention Javier Munoz as Nigel Owens. One of my favorite characters in movies, he became a favorite in stage productions.
That being said, the question is, “Is The Devil Wears Prada worth going to the musical?” Yes, it is. A fun night full of surprises and energy.
Like I said, they’re working out the kinks before heading to Broadway.
Until next time, point your EYE to the sky!