‘Mean Girls’ Broadway Show is Getting a Movie

Published on January 24, 2020

Another classic remake is on its way.

Mean Girls: The Musical

“Mean Girls” will be hitting the big screen once again after almost 16 years, but this time it will be in the form of a musical. The new adaptation will be based off of the hit Broadway show.

“I’m very excited to bring ‘Mean Girls’ back to the big screen,’ Tina Fey said in a statement. “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.”

The film will be created under Paramount Pictures and, similar to the original film, Tina Fey and Lorne Michaels will produce it. Fey wrote the book for the Broadway show and will be writing the script for the remake as well. The film will also feature the Broadway show’s composer Jeff Richmond and lyricist Nell Benjamin.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing this iconic property back to the big screen in musical form with our incredible filmmaking team,” Paramount president of production Elizabeth Raposo said.

The Broadway Show

The “Mean Girls” musical first opened at the National Theatre in Washington D.C. in Oct. 2017, according to Playbill. It officially opened on Broadway in April 2018 and currently has shows schedule out until Aug. 2020.

Producers are also set to bring the show to London’s West End sometime next year, according to Variety.

The Broadway show received pretty good reviews due to Fey’s wit and ability to transform the classic into a fresh sing-along. The Hollywood Reporter called the show “a surprisingly enjoyable and genuinely funny sugar treat with a lot of heart.”

The publication also commented on the musical numbers saying, “the songs pack in their share of wit, both in Benjamin’s nimble lyrics (recalling her work on the Legally Blonde musical) and Richmond’s buoyant tunes, which borrow with a wink from a variety of styles.”

Variety reported that “fans of the original movie should be reassured that nothing important has been purged from the story.”

So, if that’s any indication of what’s to come, then the new adaptation will please old fans and attract a new generation as well.

Ashli Ellerman is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. A graduate of University of Missouri's Columbia School of Journalism, she's a former editor at Vox. She covers music brands and breaking consumer news at Grit Daily.

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