Producers of Broadway’s Mean Girls today announced that the musical will be adapted into a major motion picture from Paramount Pictures. It was also confirmed that the Broadway production has recouped its capitalization. The producers are now in final discussions for the Mean Girls musical to bow in London’s West End in late spring of 2021.
This new movie will be produced by Lorne Michaels and Tina Fey, with a script by Fey and featuring music by Jeff Richmond and lyrics by Nell Benjamin.
The Mean Girls musical is playing at the August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street, NYC), where it has broken multiple box office records, and across the US on a National Tour.
Producer Lorne Michaels said, “It has been a joy to work on Mean Girls and to watch it go from film, to musical, and now to musical film. I am very proud that Tina’s story and characters continue to resonate with new generations. We are all excited to continue to work with Sonia Friedman and her team as we prepare for London.”
Tina Fey, writer of Mean Girls on screen and stage, said, “I’m very excited to bring Mean Girls back to the big screen. It’s been incredibly gratifying to see how much the movie and the musical have meant to audiences. I’ve spent sixteen years with these characters now. They are my Marvel Universe and I love them dearly.”
Elizabeth Raposo, President of Production for Paramount Pictures, added: “We’re thrilled to be bringing this iconic property back to the big screen in musical form with our incredible filmmaking team.”
Produced for the stage by Lorne Michaels, Stuart Thompson, Sonia Friedman, and Paramount Pictures, Mean Girls features a book by nine-time Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Tina Fey, based on her screenplay for the film, music by three-time Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Jeff Richmond, and lyrics by two-time Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin. Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw directs and choreographs the stage production.
In the musical, 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.
You can buy tickets for both Mean Girls on Broadway and the tour at MeanGirlsonBroadway.com.