New in 2018 A new musical based on the 2004 film that follows Cady Heron, who joins the American high school food chain and plots to end the vicious reign of Queen Bee Regina and the "Plastics."
From the producers: Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: Illinois. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But, when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.
The 2004 film "Mean Girls," written by Tina Fey (TV's "SNL," and "30 Rock") is based in part on Rosalind Wiseman's non-fiction self-help book "Queen Bees and Wannabes," which describes female high school social cliques and the damaging effects they can have on girls. The new musical adaptation celebrated its world premiere in 2017 at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. before making its Broadway bow.
Presented in conjunction with producers Lorne Michaels and Stuart Thompson, "Mean Girls" has a book by Tina Fey, music by Fey's husband and three-time Emmy winner Jeff Richmond ("30 Rock," "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"), and lyrics by Tony nominee Nell Benjamin ("Legally Blonde"). Tony winner Casey Nicholaw ("The Book of Mormon," "Something Rotten!") directs and choreographs.
2018 Tony Award Nominations: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Taylor Louderman), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Grey Henson), Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Ashley Park), Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Costume Design of a Musical, Best Sound Design of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Choreography, Best Orchestrations.
2018 Drama Desk Nominations: Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Grey Henson), Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Ashley Park, Kate Rockwell), Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Lyrics, Outstanding Book of a Musical, Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical, Outstanding Projection Design, Outstanding Wig and Hair.
2018 Outer Critics Circle Award: Outstanding Book Of A Musical.
"Mean Girls" delivers a fizzy blast that tickles the ears, eyes and funny bone...this season's most likely to crowd-please. That's not the same as saying it's a great musical - but the show surprises and impresses. The songs are easy-to-like and a big plus. For all its pluses, the show has issues. Dance numbers get repetitive. The book gets a bit choppy toward the end and a couple of songs have little payoff. Still, Fey's baby is a lot of fun.
Lively, frequently hilarious...propelled by dazzling set design and several stand-out performances, the musical gives fans everything they want while bringing the saga of Regina George and the Plastics into the social media age. Visually, "Mean Girls" is a marvel. Diehard fans will be delighted to see that Fey & Co. have made sure all of the movie's greatest hits get their moment on stage. Before you even make it inside the theatre, there's a 30 percent chance you'll already be laughing.