Mean Girls’ Barrett Wilbert Weed and Jeff Richmond Break Down ‘I’d Rather Be Me’

Video   Mean Girls’ Barrett Wilbert Weed and Jeff Richmond Break Down ‘I’d Rather Be Me’
 
The Broadway star and Tony-nominated composer share the meaning behind the girl anthem of the Tina Fey musical.

“She's really one of the only female characters I've ever encountered in musical theatre that's shameless about her anger,” says Barrett Wilbert Weed of her Mean Girls character, Janis Sarkisian.

Weed and Mean Girls composer Jeff Richmond break down the lyrics of Janis’ 11 o’clock number “I’d Rather Be Me” for Genius VERIFIED in the video above.

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“One of my friends who came to see the show said, ‘Do you realize this is [one of] the only times in musical theatre history of one woman standing on a table talking to all women about something that has nothing to do with men?’” Weed recalled. “It’s about the female social structure and refusing to apologize for having feelings and being a woman at the same time.”

Watch Weed sing the showstopper as she and Richmond take us through the details of the song.

Mean Girls currently plays at Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre (245 52nd Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue) in an open-ended run.

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