Tina Fey had good news and bad news about the musical adaptation of Mean Girls during her appearance on Watch What Happens Live Tuesday. The good news is that Tina confirmed that the long-rumored production is definitely happening. The bad news is that it may be a while before we see it on stage.
Tina told Andy Cohen that she and her husband, composer Jeff Richmond, haven't finished writing the musical yet, but she did reveal that its plot will be "pretty close" to that of the original 2004 comedy, which she also wrote. That's OK because Tina guesstimates that the musical won't open on Broadway until 2027 at the earliest, anyway. "Whenever Hamilton closes. I'm gonna wait it out," she joked (clip above).
As for the show's style of music, Tina thinks it's "more classic Broadway," as opposed to the contemporary song styles found in musicals like Bring It On: The Musical. Tina also hopes they can include a Ladysmith Black Mambazo-inspired number, even though that's going to be "tricky" since Book of Mormon "really kind of nailed that genre," according to Tina.
However, Tina isn't quite sure what the musical's 11 o'clock number, the big, show-stopping song usually late in the second act, would be since it's still a work in progress. "Yeah, that's part of the thing that's been challenging," Tina told Andy. "Again, we're so far away on it, but it is to figure out where does the Act One end? And so the 11 o'clock number, maybe is like the girl fight? I don't know. We don't know yet."
So will we see Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, or any other stars from the movie version of Mean Girls singing and dancing onstage? Tina says no. She doesn't even want to star in the musical. "I would get a professional Broadway person," she told Andy.
Original stars or not, we can't wait until we see Mean Girls on the Great White Way.
See more of Tina's WWHL appearance with journalist Kim Barker, below.
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