It’s taken nearly 15 years, but Mean Girls is finally making a Broadway musical happen. After a world premiere in Washington, D.C., last fall, the stage adaptation of Tina Fey’s 2004 classic is bringing the halls of North Shore High to the August Wilson Theatre — where it’s currently in previews ahead of an official opening this Sunday night — with all its requisite queen bees, wannabes, and pink-on-Wednesdays in tow.
Fey — who adapted her screenplay for the stage with songs courtesy of with her husband, 30 Rock composer Jeff Richmond, and Legally Blonde lyricist Nell Benjamin — hemmed closely to the movie’s original premise. Teen Cady Heron (Erika Henningsen) moves from Africa to suburban Illinois and must navigate the social hierarchy at her new high school, led by the trio known as the Plastics: ditzy Karen Smith (Kate Rockwell); neurotic, hair-so-big-it’s-full-of-secrets Gretchen Wieners (Ashley Park); and the calculating Regina George (Taylor Louderman).
“Nobody on the team expected us to do a performance that we had seen in the movie. And they were very clear about that,” Henningsen tells EW, speaking before the show began previews in New York. “I’m not Lindsay