Tony Nomination Spotlight – Mean Girls

Mean Girls

Mean Girls

Twelve 2018 Tony Award Nominations:

Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Taylor Louderman), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Grey Henson), Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Ashley Park), Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Costume Design of a Musical, Best Sound Design of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Choreography, Best Orchestrations.

Songs of Teen Angst:

A musical adaptation of author Tina Fey’s 2004 film that follows transfer student Cady Heron’s journey from homeschooled student in Kenya to popular girl at North Shore High, where she plots to end the vicious reign of  the “Plastics” and their Queen Bee Regina.

From the Producers

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: 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.

From Screen to Stage:

Mean Girls is based on the 2004 film of the same name, written by Tina Fey (TV’s SNL, and 30 Rock). Fey based the film in part on Rosalind Wiseman’s non-fiction self-help book Queen Bees and Wannabes, which describes female high school social cliques and the damaging effects they can have on girls.  The story of the film has been updated to reflect the current era of Trump, social media, and smartphones. The musical made its world premiere in 2017 at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. before its Broadway premiere.

Cast & Creatives

Mean Girls features music by Jeff Richmond, lyrics by Nell Benjamin, and a book by Tina Fey, who makes her Broadway debut after appearing in and penning the screenplay for the 2004 comedy. The production is directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin, Something Rotten!). Leading the cast is Erika Henningsen as high school fresh face Cady Heron (played on screen by Lindsay Lohan). As the “Plastics,” the vicious clique Heron infiltrates, are Taylor Louderman as queen bee Regina George, Ashley Park as Gretchen Wieners, and Kate Rockwell as Karen Smith. The company also includes Tony nominee Kerry Butler as Ms. Norbury, Grey Henson as Damian, Cheech Manohar as Kevin Gnapoor, Kyle Selig as Aaron Samuels, Barrett Wilbert Weed as Janis Sarkisian, and Rick Younger as Mr. Duvall.

Reviews:

New York Daily News – “Mean Girls delivers a fizzy blast that tickles the ears, eyes and funny bone…this season’s most likely to crowd-please.”

Entertainment Weekly – Lively, frequently hilarious…propelled by dazzling set design and several stand-out performances, the musical gives fans everything they want while bringing the saga of Regina George and the Plastics into the social media age.”

New York Magazine – “”Mean Girls isn’t just a fun, and very funny, show: It’s continuously, mischievously self-aware. The musical has its share of beloved moments to live up to. And it delivers.”

Hollywood Reporter – “Every one of the principals gets a musical moment that tells us who they are. That plus the snappy comedy of Fey’s book makes this adaptation of the 2004 movie a surprisingly enjoyable and genuinely funny sugar treat with a lot of heart. ”

In the Studio –  “I’d Rather Be Me”:

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