Washington, D.C.'s The National Theatre has announced its 2017-18 season, which will feature the world premiere of the Broadway-bound new musical Mean Girls, with a book by nine-time Emmy Award winner Tina Fey based on her screenplay for the Paramount Pictures film. Presented in conjunction with producers Lorne Michaels and Stuart Thompson, the new musical will run October 31-December 3.
Mean Girls has a book by Fey, music by Fey's husband, three-time Emmy Award winner Jeff Richmond (30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde). Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten!) will direct and choreograph.
The new musical, according to the National, is described as such: “After years of living with her zoologist parents in Africa, Cady Heron moves to Illinois and must find where she fits in the social hierarchy. A sweet, naive newbie, Cady quickly attracts the attention of The Plastics, a trio of popular frenemies led by the vicious and calculating Regina George. When Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.”
The 2004 dark comedy film Mean Girls was directed by Mark Waters and starred Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lizzy Caplan, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried, and Fey.
The National season will also feature the return of Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of the international hit Les Misérables, the only area appearance of the internet sensation ThePianoGuys, the Washington premiere of the musical comedy Something Rotten!, and the Washington premiere of Waitress with music by six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles.
The National Theatre has also teamed up with The Kennedy Center to offer subscribers seats to Hamilton as part of the full Broadway at The National 2017-18 subscription package.
“We’re thrilled to present another magnetic Broadway season at The National Theatre, including the World Premiere of the new musical Mean Girls prior to Broadway,” said Steve Traxler, president of Jam Theatricals, in a statement. “One of our main objectives with The National Theatre is to continue its long history as the home for premieres of landmark American musicals, while continuing to present the best of Broadway and exciting new concert residencies.”
Full season packages that include seats to Hamilton at The Kennedy Center Opera House start at $425 and are available by calling the subscription hotline at (855) 486-2516. Packages for the presentations onstage only at The National Theatre begin at $210. Group sales for shows at The National Theatre are also available at (855) 486-2516. Single tickets will go on sale later this year. For more information, visit thenationaldc.com.