Sunday is a big night for both Queen Bees and Wannabees with the Broadway musical Mean Girls opening at the August Wilson Theatre. The creative team ushering the musical incarnation of the hit 2004 film of the same name includes a book by nine-time Emmy-winner Tina Fey (30 Rock, Bossypants). Music will be provided by three-time Emmy-winner Jeff Richmond (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), with lyrics by Tony-nominee Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde). Tony-winner Casey Nicholaw (Aladdin, Book of Mormon) serves as both director and choreographer. Tony-winners Scott Pask (Set Design), Gregg Barnes (Costume Design), Kenneth Posner (Lighting Design), and Brian Ronan (Sound Design) make up the show’s design team.
“Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.”
Erika Henningsen leads the show as Cady Heron, with Taylor Louderman as Regina George, Ashley Park as Gretchen Wieners, Kate Rockwell as Karen Smith. Rounding out the cast are Barrett Wilbert Weed as Janis Sarkisian, Grey Henson as Damian Hubbard, Kerry Butler as Mrs. Heron / Ms. Norbury / Mrs. George, Kyle Selig as Aaron Samuels, Cheech Manohar as Kevin Gnapoor, Rick Younger as Mr. Duvall. The ensemble is composed of Stephanie Lynn Bissonnette, Tee Boyich, Collins Conley, Ben Cook, DeMarius R. Copes, Kevin Csolak, Devon Hadsell, Curtis Holland, Myles McHale, Chris Medlin, Brittany Nicholas, Becca Petersen, Nikhil Saboo, Jonalyn Saxer, Brendon Stimson, Riza Takahashi, Kamille Upshaw, Zurin Villanueva, Gianna Yanelli, and Iain Young.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.
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