As previously reported, Tony Award-nominated Legally Blonde lyricist Nell Benjamin is collaborating with Golden Globe winner Fey and Fey's husband, composer Jeffrey Richmond, on a stage musical adaptation of the 2004 dark comedy film.
Fey told the Festival crowd that the pregnancy of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Ellie Kemper has given her the chance to focus on the new musical. “We’re working on the musical adaptation, and thanks to Ellie Kemper’s pregnancy, we have this whole summer to work on it,” the comedic actress said. When asked whether the musical would be updated to include the impact of social media, Fey answered, "The thing about social media is… it doesn’t dramatize well.”
Fey previously told Watch What Happens host Andy Cohen that she has no plans to star in the musical, which will have a "classic Broadway" sound. The actress/writer also joked that Broadway will see the musical in "in 2027… whenever Hamilton closes."
Mean Girls was directed by Mark Waters and starred Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lizzy Caplan, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried and Fey.
The film centers on Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan), who returns to the U.S. from Africa and must adjust to high school life after previously being homeschooled. She soon is forced to decide which social clique to be a part of and finds herself caught in the drama of "The Plastics."