This show is just so much fun and very relevant. The music is just wonderful, upbeat, with some very powerful ballads. Everything about Mean Girls is highly entertaining. Based on the Paramount film Mean Girls, it follows the original story pretty close, but honestly if you never saw any of the films you would be ok and able to understand all of the nuances that are in this current touring production. It was announced on Jan. 7, 2021, that Mean Girls would not re-open a result of the continued industry-wide shut down due the pandemic. The show played its last performance March 11, 2020. So, when I got this invite, I was very excited that things were getting back to semi-normal.
Book: Tina Fey, nine-time Emmy Award® winner, movie star, writer, overall genius. Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, credit – Mean Girls. Music: Jeff Richmond, three-time Emmy Award® winner, credits: 30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Lyrics by Nell Benjamin, two-time Tony Award® – credit – Legally Blonde. Lorne Michaels, Mr. SNL, in my opinion, anything he touches turns to gold. I met him after the show and he told me, “ Anything Tina is involved with I am in!”
New York Magazine calls Mean Girls “HILARIOUS! A smart, splashy new musical that delivers with immense energy, a wicked sense of humor and joyful inside-jokery.” Chicago Tribune says “Tina Fey writes FUNNIER, SMARTER, SHARPER satire than anyone else in the business.” People Magazine declares the show is “FRESH, FUN AND INFECTIOUS – Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin’s songs keep the laughs coming!” The New York Daily News raves Mean Girls “TICKLES THE EARS, EYES AND FUNNY BONE – the direction by Casey Nicholaw packs style, invention and red bull-force energy.” And Entertainment Weekly proclaims it “A MARVEL: DAZZLING & HILARIOUS!”
About the show: 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: suburban 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.
Stand out cast members for me were: English Bernhardt – Cady Heron, Morgan Ashley Bryant – Karen Smith, Eric Huffman – Damian Hubbard. These cast members really pulled out all the stops, they had great showstopper performances as well. The ensemble and dancers were an integral part of this amazing production.
Mean Girls running time is 2 Hours and 30 minutes, plus intermission.
This show is a must see, running now until January 29, 2023.
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