A musical adaptation of Tina Fey's iconic 2004 movie Mean Girls is expected to debut on Broadway in March 2018.
The show will make its world premiere at the National Theater in Washington D.C. on Halloween night of this year, running until December 3, with Broadway rehearsals expected to begin February 12, 2018.
Like the movie, the musical will follow Cady Heron, the high school newbie who must navigate cliques, social politics, and “The Plastics.” With the help of new friends Janice and Damian, Cady schemes to undermine the trio of popular frenemies, led by queen bee Regina George.
Fans of the movie will be happy to know that Fey, who not only starred in the movie as Ms. Norbury but also wrote the screenplay, is heavily involved in the stage production. She adapted the film for the stage, writing its book, while her husband, Emmy-winning composer Jeff Richmond, wrote the music. The creative team also includes Tony nominated lyricist Nell Benjamin and Tony winning director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw.
While it may be difficult to imagine a Mean Girls without Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lizzy Caplan, Lacey Chabert, and Amanda Seyfried—a cast as iconic as the film itself—Fey recently praised the Broadway-bound cast on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, describing them as “Baby Timberlakes.” She added, “Everyone can do everything! They just sing so loud and dance so hard.”
Whether you like screen-to-stage adaptations or hate them, it’s hard to deny the potential of a Mean Girls musical. Just imagine the spectacle that could be a “Four For You, Glenn Coco” tap number, or an Act 2 showstopper, “Who Here Has Been Personally Victimized By Regina George,” or a Cady Heron solo, “The Limit Does Not Exist,” or a “Burn Book Ballet.” Okay, I have no idea if any of these will be songs in the actual musical, but it’s fun to imagine.