Last Thursday, comedienne Tina Fey spoke to late night host and fellow former Saturday Night Live (SNL) co-star Jimmy Fallon about Mean Girls: the Musical. Unlike the Britney Spears musical, the Mean Girls musical is not just a rumor — it’s actually, really, seriously happening.
Naturally, it’s based on Fey’s 2004 American teen comedy about a girl who befriends and then seeks to destroy a group of popular frenemies known as The Plastics.
What are the details and where can I get tickets?
The show starts doing its out-of-town previews in Washington D.C.’s National Theatre starting on Halloween 2017. (You can actually buy tickets to those previews now). The show will eventually hit Broadway sometime in 2018.
Fey wrote the book, Tony-winner Casey Nicholaw will direct, 30 Rock composer Jeff Richmond is doing the music and Legally Blonde lyricist Nell Benjamin penned the lyrics. The entire show is also being co-produced by SNL creator Lorne Michaels.
Mean Girls is the latest Broadway musical based on a comedic film. Other previous examples include Kinky Boots (2013), a musical version of the 2005 British film; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (2005) based on Steve Martin and Michael Caine’s 1988 con-man caper; and Hairspray (2002) which revived John Waters’ beloved 1988 civil rights comedy.
How will this affect Tina Fey’s career?
Attitude.com notes that “Mean Girls was Tina Fey’s breakout hit. Her first major film writing credit, the film was an instant smash in 2004 and, combined with her work on 30 Rock, set Tina on the road to superstardom.”
The announcement of Fey’s musical comes at a lively time in her career. The former SNL lead writer is also working as executive producer on NBC’s Great News, a comedy about a female news producer whose mother starts interning at her station (trailer below). Also, the new season of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Fey’s Netflix sitcom, starts this Friday. You can see the trailer for both below.
If Mean Girls does well onstage, it could help set up Fey as a major shaker of stage as well as screen.
Gay fans of Mean Girls will be watching the musical especially close for the “almost too gay to function” character of Damian Leigh, one of the protagonist’s friends who delivers such memorable lines as, “She doesn’t even go here” and “You GO Glen Coco.”