The excitement has begun to set-in for the forthcoming Broadway-aimed production of Mean Girls, with the announcement of the cast. With a book by nine-time Emmy Award winner Tina Fey, based on her screenplay for the Paramount Pictures film; music by three-time Emmy Award winner Jeff Richmond; and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin, and Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw serving as director and choreographer, the production is shaping up to be pretty (to quote the film) “fetch.”
For those who missed the popular 2004 film starring Lindsay Lohan, here is an idea of what the story is about:
“After years of living with her zoologist parents in Africa, Cady Heron moves to Illinois and must find where she fits in the social hierarchy. A sweet, naive newbie, Cady quickly attracts the attention of The Plastics, a trio of popular frenemies led by the vicious and calculating Regina George. When Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.”
The musical’s catalyst Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan in the film) will be played by Erika Henningsen. Playing the “Plastics” will be Taylor Louderman as the queen bee Regina George, Ashley Park as the overzealous Gretchen Wieners, and Kate Rockwell as the air-headed Karen Smith. Kerry Butler (Hairspray, Xanadu) will portray Ms. Norbury (the role originated by Tina Fey), with Kyle Selig as pretty boy love interest Aaron Samuels. Rounding out the leading cast are Barrett Wilbert Weed as Janis Sarkisian, Grey Henson as Damian Hubbard, Cheech Manohar as Kevin Gnapoor, and Rick Younger as Mr. Duvall.
The ensemble will include Stephanie Lynn Bissonnette, Tee Boyich, Collins Conley, Ben Cook, DeMarius Copes, Kevin Csolak, Devon Hadsell, Curtis Edwin Holland, Myles McHale, Chris Medlin, Brittany Nicholas, Becca Petersen, Nikhil Saboo, Jonalyn Saxer, Brendon Stimson, Kamille Upshaw, Zurin Villanueva, Gianna Yanelli, Iain Young.
The limited engagement at the National Theatre in Washington D.C. runs Tuesday, October 31 to Sunday, December 3, 2017. Tickets are now on sale through www.TheNationalDC.com, by calling 800-514-3849, or by visiting the National Theatre Box Office (1321 Pennsylvania Ave NW). Group sales information is available by calling 855-486-2516.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog atmarkrobinsonwrites.com.
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