Mean Girls won’t be back when Broadway resumes, makers reported today. The melodic dependent on Tina Fey’s 2004 film suspended creation when Broadway went dim because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The musical, with a book by Fey, music by Jeff Richmond, verses by Nell Benjamin and bearing and movement by Casey Nicholaw, opened on Broadway in 2018 and earned $124 million when it close in March. Plans to adjust it for another Paramount Pictures film adaptation were reported already.
“We remain excited to bring this musical to the big screen, relaunch the tour and prepare for a London production,” said Lorne Michaels, who produced the musical with Stuart Thompson, Sonia Friedman, and Paramount Pictures. “I look forward to the day, hopefully soon, when theaters can open their doors again.”
The producers said the permanent closing was because of the continuous Broadway closure. The show had recovered its capitalization by mid 2020.
“The chance to bring this show to Broadway, with such a talented young ensemble and five astounding female leads, has been a dream come true,” Fey said on behalf of the creative team. “And to our fierce and dedicated fans – the limit of our gratitude does not exist.”
At the hour of the melodic’s last presentation on March 11, it had played 805 exhibitions and 29 sneak peaks at Broadway’s August Wilson Theater. Preceding its opening on April 8, 2018, Mean Girls had made its five-week world debut run in 2017 at the National Theater in Washington D.C.
A North American tour launched in 2019, with plans to continue this late spring or when Covid limitations are lifted.
The Broadway creation’s unique cast included Erika Henningsen, Taylor Louderman, Ashley Park, Kate Rockwell, Kerry Butler, Gray Henson and Kyle Selig.
Broadway will stay shut in any event until June, with most insiders expecting a fall start at soonest.