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Jonathan Bennett (AKA Aaron Samuels) Is Totally Down for the Mean Girls Musical
Cady's super fetch crush opens up about plans to take the beloved teen flick to Broadway.
In our hearts and minds it is eternally October 3 — which is why finding out that Jonathan Bennett is totally into the idea of making some kind of cameo in the in-the-works Mean Girls musical that Tina Fey addressed earlier this week that much sweeter. That's right, Plastics, Aaron Samuels himself is also stoked for the show. "I don't think anyone understand how excited and obsessed with this idea I am. Like I'm a huge Broadway freak. I grew up doing musical theater," Jonathan told The Daily Dish. "I'm a huge musical theater fan and the fact that she's doing Mean Girls the musical and it's the genius Tina Fey and her husband, who is also genius, I can't even tell you how excited I am."
While Jonathan has plenty of projects on his plate, including serving as the host on Food Network's Cake Wars, that doesn't mean he wouldn't make some room in his schedule to hit the stage in the show. "One billion percent I would be in the musical, in a heartbeat. My dream is to be on Broadway some day; that would be so sick," he said. "The thing is Tina Fey is so genius, [the idea is] so genius. It's going to be so good and so funny."
According to Jonathan, he's "too old to play Aaron Samuels," but he did raise the possibility that he could play a teacher at North Shore High School. The idea of staging a Mean Girls musical comes at a time when reboots and nostalgia are ruling the pop culture zeitgeist. And, Jonathan admits that reimagining classic TV shows and movies for a new generation is a tricky thing to pull off.
"It's six to one, half a dozen to another with all the reboots. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't," he said. "Sometimes I get sick of recycling the same story beats, sometimes they're so great and nostalgic I could watch them for days. I really think it depends project to project what it is. I've been in enough sequels in my life to know sometimes they work [and] sometimes they don't. This is genius because it's not a movie. It's a musical. It's a completely different medium to tell the story in."
Until the show hits the Great White Way, relive one of the movie's more memorable scenes, below.