It’s a perfect choice for a Broadway adaptation and has already been nominated for twelve Tony awards, including one for Tina Fey, who wrote the book, along with Casey Nicholaw, who has been nominated for both best direction of a musical and best choreography. Three cast members are also up for acting prizes, including Taylor Louderman as Regina George, the role that Rachel McAdams played on screen. Although the musical has been in the works since 2013, it opened at the National Theater in Washington DC in October 2017 before opening on Broadway at the August Wilson Theater on April 8th, 2018. Critics have been positive about the show, but movie fans have been even more rapturous – Mean Girls provides one of the most joyful and fun nights out in New York City.
Sometimes movie-to-stage adaptations aren’t particularly successful, but Mean Girls has absolutely broken the mold. Through clever use of solos, Fey shows the audience members key facts about who each character is, meaning that the comedy is balanced out with a deeper understanding and emotional core, particularly with the characters of Janis and Damien, who open the show with the song A Cautionary Tale. Fey also cleverly ensures that some of the best lines from the movie like ‘Stop trying to make ‘fetch’ happen!’ have made their way onto the Broadway stage, meaning that fans of the movie will be delighted. Not only does this show have a great basis for everyone who’s ever loved a teen comedy movie, but it’s an incredible musical in its own right, with catchy songs, impeccable acting, and spectacular staging.