Producers of the Broadway smash-hit musical Mean Girls have confirmed they are ‘in final discussions’ to transfer the show to London’s West End.
Produced on stage by Lorne Michaels, Stuart Thompson, Sonia Friedman, and Paramount Pictures, Mean Girls is set to open in London in the spring of 2021 with full dates, venue, casting and ticketing to be announced.
The musical is directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw (Aladdin, The Book of Mormon) with music by Jeff Richmond (30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), lyrics by Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde), and a book by the films screenwriter Tina Fey (30 Rock).
Mean Girls opened on Broadway to glowing reviews in 2018 where it continues to play at the August Wilson Theatre. A West End transfer has been held up by the lack of availability of London’s theatres – other Broadway shows rumoured to be waiting for theatres to become available include Beetlejuice, The Cher Show and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. The most likely venues to stage the show include the Adelphi Theatre, Gielgud Theatre, Lyric Theatre or the Shaftesbury Theatre.
Producers have also announced that Paramount Pictures will adapt the musical stage production into a film.
Tina Fey said: “I’m very excited to bring Mean Girls back to the big screen. It’s been incredibly gratifying to see how much the movie and the musical have meant to audiences. I’ve spent sixteen years with these characters now. They are my Marvel Universe and I love them dearly.”
What’s Mean Girls About?
Based on Tina Fey’s 2004 film starring a fresh-faced Lindsay Lohan, Mean Girls is the story of young girl who moves from the plains of Africa to a suburban high school in Illinois America. It soon becomes apparent that the wilds of Africa have not prepared her for the fierce and vicious ways of the popular girls in high school America.
Ferociously funny, with the inclusion of social media, the musical is a faithful adaptation of the film and the show remains true to the themes of anti-bully, female empowerment and self acceptance.
When does Mean Girls open?
Mean Girls will open in London in spring 2021. Ticketing on-sale dates, venue, and casting to be announced.