"The meaner Regina was to her, the more Gretchen tried to win Regina back. She knew it was better to be in the plastics, hating life, than to not be in at all. Because being with the plastics was like being famous... people looked at you all the time and everybody just knew stuff about you." — Cady, in Mean Girls
— Mean Girls Broadway (@MeanGirlsBway) September 6, 2017
The show will be staged at the August Wilson Theater, with an April 8th opening (tickets go on sale October 3rd, with an American Express pre-sale on September 10th). We won't be the first to see it, though—the musical will actually premiere this fall in D.C.
Mean Girls musical first look: Tina Fey introduces the Plastics https://t.co/WeNxlkvxkh
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) September 5, 2017
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Fey said the realization of bringing her screenplay to the stage "came about years later, after seeing the stickiness that the movie had, and the fact that it’s always on TBS and how it sort of wormed its way into everyday speech more than any of us expected. It was probably my husband, Jeff [Richmond], who said, ‘You know what? This could work as a musical.’ And I trusted him to know that, having that background."
Richmond, a composer who has won Emmys for his work on 30 Rock, wrote the music for the musical (while Nell Benjamin [Legally Blonde the Musical] wrote the book). Fey is pretty thrilled, and declared: "He’s a genius. I feel like all the music in our show is very catchy — like, I feel like you will walk out humming several songs. We know from the 30 Rock theme and the Kimmy Schmidt theme that he has that ability, and at the same time, he’s a great collaborator with Nell. As the book writer, I feel like I’m there to help steer, but those guys are really pulling the plow. The songs are what make the show. I cannot wait for people to hear them and to understand the person that I’ve been living with for all this time."
Saturday Night Live guru Lorne Michaels, the lead producer of the musical, told the NY Times, "There are lots of things you can do better in a musical. The characters are fuller," and said they'd be looking at pacing during the D.C. run, "The expectation is going to be really high for it. And we’re all devoted to it. We want it to be remarkable, and getting there is difficult."
Kevin G. better rap in the musical or GTFO: