It’s one thing for a book to be turned into a movie. If a book does well, it makes sense for cinematographers to take a crack at the plot. It seems that musicals are continually being made and piggybacking on the “plot-tails” of successful films. Legally Blonde, Shrek, Sponge Bob , and American Psycho are just a few recent titles we’re seeing on the Broadway stage. It was recently announced that a Mean Girls musical will be workshopped in Washington D.C. next year with a book by Tina Fey. The question is…will it be good?
“That is So Fetch!”
Cady Heron, a transfer student from Africa, moves to a typical high school in the United States. A chance encounter with the popular girls puts her in the perfect spot to sabotage the school hierarchy of “cool.” The 2004 film was based on a book called Queen Bees and Wannabes which was a non-fiction self-help book by Rosalind Wiseman. Tina Fey took the book, turned it into a screenplay, and starred in the film alongside Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams.
The film is a teen comedy classic with great quotable lines, relatable scenarios, and Saturday Night Live star cameos. Similar to the musical version of Legally Blonde, I think it might be difficult for the musical adaptation to escape from the comedic lines of the film. Nell Benjamin was the lyricist for the Legally Blonde musical and will be working alongside Fey’s husband, Jeffrey Richmond, to create the musical magic for the show.
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From April 3rd-29th, a musical lab of the show will be premiering in Washington D.C. Auditions for the lab are being held by Telsey + Company on December 6th at Pearl Studios. Hopefully we will see some videos of the lab to understand what is in store for Mean Girls fans!
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