Casey Nicholaw knows a thing or two about adapting famous films for the stage. The Tony-winning director-choreographer reimagined Aladdin for Broadway in 2014, and now he’s returning this spring with his much-anticipated musical take on Tina Fey’s iconic Mean Girls. The production comes on the heels of a successful Washington, D.C., premiere last fall—but that doesn’t mean Nicholaw is content replicating what worked before. The show has changed “about 15 to 20 percent” since then, he says, “and we’ll be changing stuff up until the last minute.”
Among the many pleasures of this version: two Fendi purses and a silver Lexus full of fresh jokes from Fey, composer Jeff Richmond, and lyricist Nell Benjamin. Says Nicholaw of MG’s first preview, “There were 10 really huge laughs from stuff from the movie, and the rest was new. The approach was never, ‘We know you loved it there, so let’s do a whole song about fetch.’ But for anyone who loves to hear women belting into the stratosphere, it’s just incredible.” Sounds grool to us.
For more information on the Mean Girls musical, check out their very fetch website.