“Variety” criticizes Elton John for his “pretty boring songs” in the new musical “The Devil Wears Prada” – Deltaplex News
A few days ago, Elton John attended a preview of his new musical, The Devil Wears Prada, which is currently playing in Chicago en route to Broadway. On Instagram, Elton told the cast and crew, “YYou have created something truly wonderful! But at least one critic disagrees with him.
In its review of the show, Variety writes that the show needs to “get meaner”, calling it an “overly respectful and frankly miscalculated approach to its source material”. According to Variety, the show, based on the book by Lauren Weisberger and the hit movie starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway“provides useful entertainment but needs a healthy dose of edgy guilty pleasure to augment its sweet pleasures.”
In Variety’s opinion, the series “never lets up,” and in particular doesn’t give us enough of Prada’s iconic boss, Miranda Priestly, who in film and book treats her assistant Andy so terribly that we let’s root so that it comes out from under his thumb.
And while Elton’s score and its “pleasant, peppy pop sound” has “its moments,” reports Variety, “there’s a lot of work to be done to replace the heartfelt and fairly boring songs… with songs that express the naked ambition, social irresponsibility and artificial joy of the fashion industry.
Variety suggests that Elton and the rest of the creative team need to “put aside cuteness and channel their inner Miranda Priestlys.”
Of course, Elton has written many hit musicals – The Lion King, Billy Elliott and Aida – so a lackluster review is unlikely to make much of a difference to him, although the New York Times isn’t either. delighted with the series. The musical is playing at the James M. Nederlander Theater in Chicago until August 21.
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