On May 3, Tony-nominated book writer Tina Fey joined Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on the TODAY Show to talk about her Broadway musical Mean Girls receiving 12 Tony nominations on May 1. The musical adaptation of her 2004 movie earned the most nominations of any show, tied with SpongeBob SquarePants, The Broadway Musical.
“I started crying. I cried in the middle of Equinox,” she said of hearing the news of her nominations for Best Book and the show’s 11 other nods. “I've never cried over an Emmy or a Golden Globe. It must have meant more to me than I realized because I'm just so proud of this show and everyone involved.”
Fey also revealed how the musical came to be in the first place and how she was given the chance to make her Broadway dream come true by writing the script.
Then, Fey introduced her cast performing “Apex Predator” from the musical as part of TODAY’s Citi Concert Series Best of Broadway Week.
Mean Girls has a score by Tony nominees Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin, directed and choreographed by Tony nominee Casey Nicholaw. The show also earned nods for Best Musical, Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for Grey Henson, Best Costume Design for Gregg Barnes, Best Scenic Design for Scott Pask, Finn Ross and Adam Young, Best Orchestrations for John Clancy, Best Sound Design for Brian Ronan.