New 'Mean Girls' Musical Details Have Been Confirmed By Tina Fey Herself
There are fewer things in life that could get me more excited than Mean Girls news. Firstly, because it just may be my favorite film in the history of cinema. And, secondly, because, um, it's almost 12 years old, and you don't typically get news on a film that's been over for more than a decade. So, you can imagine my utter delight Tina Fey confirmed the Mean Girls musical if officially a go. This is not a drill. This is not a mirage. I am not tricking you. I would never, ever kid about something this vital. It's happening. Tina Fey said so.
Andy Cohen, talk show host of my heart, questioned Fey on the musical when she was on Watch What Happens Live!, and he got some pretty juicy details out of her. Not that I'd expect anything less from him, of course. Here's the thing — Fey was especially finicky about the information she revealed. Which means there definitely is so much more that she knows then she's letting on. Which also means that things are probably progressing quite nicely. But, despite what we don't yet know, there's a lot we are in the know about.
Here are some very, very important (and interesting!) details about the Mean Girls musical that you'll want to know if you're any sort of respectable fan:
The Music Is In Good Hands
As The Hollywood Reporter relays, Fey wrote the musical with her composer hubs, Jeff Richmond. When you think of him, think of all the catchy tunes in The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt . His influence is all over them. Though, she did tell Cohen the music will be "classic Broadway."
As Are The Lyrics
Last March, Richmond explained to Yahoo! that,
We’ve been writing with… Nell Benjamin of Legally Blonde fame. She’s working with us as a lyricist. We’ve been working for a long time now. I’m going to say it’s like 60 percent written, and it’s being staffed creatively…
But The Musical Itself Is Still A Ways Off
Fey told Cohen that it'll debut in 2027. Sarcasm translation = don't book your travel arrangements to New York anytime soon.
They're Still Working Out The Kinks
Fey explained to Cohen that they aren't done developing the play. He asked if the musical would "follow the movie exactly" and she said, "We haven't finished it yet, but it's close..."
The Performance Will Be Tina Fey-Less
Cohen asked if she would star, but the ever-humble Fey explained that she'd get a "professional Broadway person" to play Ms. Norbury.
The Show-Stopping Number Hasn't Been Decided On Yet
Cohen asked, "What would the 11 o'clock number be?" He kiddingly wondered if it'd be when Regina George gets hit by the bus, but Fey wasn't sure. She said that it could be when they have the epic school fight between all of the girls.
But There Are Already Planned Musical Numbers To Look Forward To
Back in 2013, Vulture said after speaking with Richmond that, "At this point, there are five songs 'floating around,' including a 'Fetch' song... There will also be an 'October 3rd" number.'" They relayed that Richmond further elaborated on the "Fetch" song, saying, "That one is not written yet, but it certainly deserves attention before we get too much further."
Don't Expect To See Rachel McAdams Or Lindsay Lohan On Stage
Cohen asked Fey if she would "reach out" to the original cast to star and she gave a decided, "No." And, that's surprisingly OK with me. I'm open to seeing how different people interpret the roles.
When it debuts, I'll see you guys in the front row. But, in the meantime, I'll be refreshing my "Tina Fey" Google News tab as more Mean Girls musical information comes to light.
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