REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Mean Girls” Opened with a ShowScore of 80

Show-Score | Apr 9, 2018
“Mean Girls," directed by Casey Nicholaw, with book by Tina Fey, music by Jeff Richmond, and lyrics by Nell Benjamin, opened on April  8, 2018 in New York City. “Mean Girls," directed by Casey Nicholaw, with book by Tina Fey, music by Jeff Richmond, and lyrics by Nell Benjamin, opened on April 8, 2018 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

34 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 73.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 65
"Likable but seriously over-padded...The trouble lies in the less assured translation on adolescent social angst into crowd-pleasing song and dance. Richmond and Benjamin’s many many (many) musical numbers are passable by middle-of-the-road Broadway standards...Yet they rarely capture either the tone or the time of being a certain age in a certain era...As long as they're talking, the leading students of 'Mean Girls' exude an idiosyncratic, carefully exaggerated comic charm."
Charles Isherwood
Broadway News
ShowScore: 60
"Fey fans flocking to the show likely will not be disappointed by the often funny but insubstantial stage version...The stage version, with some clever updating from Fey that at least adds a veneer of newness, has been directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw with his usual professionalism but something less than inspiration...The score tends to repeatedly fall into the same groove of up-tempo anthems that eventually begin to blur together."
Marilyn Stasio
Variety
ShowScore: 65
"The show’s high fun factor comes as no surprise...Nicholaw gets this material. The stage swirls with non-stop traffic, if not perfectly executed dance movement...The staging is actually too busy, too colorful, too loud, as if Nicholaw doesn't want us to notice that not much of interest is happening...Fey has front-loaded the show with great gags...Snappy one-liners...Benjamin's lyrics aren't half as clever as Fey's off-the-cuff wisecracks, but they get the job done and are quirky enough."

“Mean Girls (Broadway)” was also reviewed by Erin Strecker of Mashable, Kristen Baldwin of Entertainment Weekly, Greg Evans of Deadline, Simon Parris of Simon Parris Man in Chair, Barbara Schuler of Newsday, Mark Shenton of The Stage (UK), Christian Lewis of Medium, Michael Bracken of Theater Pizzazz, Michael Schulman of New Yorker, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Michael Appler of Fordham Observer, Sara Stewart of New York Post, Jesse Oxfeld of New York Stage Review, Deb Miller of DC Metro Theater Arts, Christopher Kelly of NJ.com, Peter Marks of The Washington Post, Max McGuinness of Financial Times (UK), Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, Kathleen Campion of Front Row Center, Matt Windman of AM New York, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Alexis Soloski of The Guardian (UK), Steven Suskin of New York Stage Review, David Gordon of Theatermania, Adam Feldman of Time Out New York, and Roma Torre of NY1.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 138 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 82.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Clever, Great staging

Bob 8006, ShowScore: 81 
See it if…"You like high energy, colorful musicals with a genuine moral. Fun light-weight entertainment geared to females under 20, and their moms." 
Don't see it if…"If you prefer multi-dimensional characters and a score that you can take out of the theater. If teenage problems don’t move you."
Alison F 6125, ShowScore: 92
See it if…"You loved the movie. One of the first stage adaptations I've seen that lived up to the original. Empowering to see so many female vocalists."
Don't see it if…"You didn't enjoy the movie. Nearly identical plot and snippets of classic dialogue. (With the addition of fun[ny] songs, of course.)"
BroadwayJay, ShowScore: 90 
See it if…"You loved 'Legally Blonde,' then you will love this show. So much fun and so campy. Fans of the movie will love it too."
Don't see it if…"You like more traditional musicals. This feels new and fresh."

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