The long-awaited Mean Girls musical makes its official world premiere November 19 as the pre-Broadway engagement opens in Washington, D.C. The stage adaptation features a book by Tina Fey (screenwriter of the 2003 comedy), music by her husband Jeff Richmond, and lyrics by Nell Benjamin. Preview performances began October 31 at D.C.’s National Theatre.
Prior to the Casey Nicholaw-helmed musical’s Broadway premiere next year, read what critics had to say about the production below. Playbill will continue to update as reviews come in.
Performances will begin at Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre March 12, 2018, prior to an April 8 official opening.
Leading the National Theatre cast is Erika Henningsen (Les Misérables) as high school fresh face Cady Heron (played on screen by Lindsay Lohan). As the Plastics, the vicious clique Heron infiltrates, are Taylor Louderman (Kinky Boots) as queen bee Regina George, Ashley Park (Sunday in the Park with George) as Gretchen Wieners, and Kate Rockwell (Rock of Ages) 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.
Rounding out the ensemble are Stephanie Lynn Bissonnette, Tee Boyich, Collins Conley, Ben Cook, DeMarius Copes, Kevin Csolak, Devon Hadsell, Curtis Edwin Holland, Myles McHale, Chris Medlin, Brittany Nicholas, Becca Petersen, Nikhil Saboo, Jonalyn Saxer, Brendon Stimson, Riza Takahashi, Kamille Upshaw, Zurin Villanueva, Gianna Yanelli, and Iain Young.