What Did Critics Think of Broadway’s Mean Girls Musical?

The Verdict   What Did Critics Think of Broadway’s Mean Girls Musical?
 
Read the reviews for the new show by Tina Fey, Jeff Richmond, and Nell Benjamin.

The musical adaptation of Mean Girls celebrated its official opening night at Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre April 8. The show marks the Broadway debut of book writer Tina Fey, who penned and appeared in the 2004 comedy of the same name. The musical also features a score by composer Jeff Richmond (Fey’s husband and frequent collaborator) and lyricist Nell Benjamin.

Casey Nicholaw directs the long-aborning project, which received its world premiere last fall at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Leading the cast is Erika Henningsen (Les Misérables) as high school fresh face Cady Heron (played on screen by Lindsay Lohan). Bringing to life 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.

Read reviews for the Broadway production below.

amNY (Matt Windman)

Broadway News (Charles Isherwood)

The Chicago Tribune (Chris Jones)

The Daily Beast (Tim Teeman)

Deadline (Greg Evans)

Entertainment Weekly (Kristen Baldwin)

The Guardian (Alexis Soloski)

The Hollywood Reporter (David Rooney)

Lilith Magazine (Aileen Jacobson)

NJ.com (Christopher Kelly)

Newsday (Barbara Schuler)

NY1 (Roma Torre)

New York Magazine/Vulture (Sara Holdren)

NY Daily News (Joe Dziemianowicz)

The New York Post (Sara Stewart)

New York Stage Review (Steven Suskin)

The New York Times (Ben Brantley)

Time Out New York (Adam Feldman)

Towleroad (Naveen Kumar)

Variety (Marilyn Stasio)

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)

Playbill will continue to update this list as more reviews come in.

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 R. Copes, Kevin Csolak, Devon Hadsell, Curtis 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.

Mean Girls features set design by Scott Pask, costumes by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Brian Ronan, video design by Finn Ross and Adam Young, hair design by Josh Marquette, and make-up design by Milagros Medina-Cerdeira. The creative team also includes orchestrator John Clancy, music director Mary-Mitchell Campbell, and music coordinator Howard Joines. Glen Kelly provides additional music arrangements. Casting is by Telsey + Company/Bethany Knox, CSA.

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