Mean Girls (Broadway)
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Mean Girls (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
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Mixed
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Negative
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Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Clever, Delightful

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Tina Fey's blockbuster 2004 comedy becomes a brand-new Broadway musical directed by Tony winner Casey Nicholaw.

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Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Delightful, Fun

See it if You want to see a fun show that is well staged, clever and cool. Great dancing plus it has a lot more to say than you might expect.

Don't see it if You didn’t like the movie. You also might not like this if you are looking for serious drama. They tackle serious stuff but make it fun.

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Ambitious, Disappointing, Fluffy, Funny

See it if It has many one line zingers but it sacrifices for what could have been better song and dance numbers.

Don't see it if You want a true musical with great singing and dancing. It front loads the jokes. Stage to over done.

Critic Reviews (70)

The New York Times
April 8th, 2018

"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."
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Time Out New York
April 8th, 2018

"Tart but sweet...A canny crossbreed of 'Heathers' and 'Hairspray'...Fey is one of the sharpest comic writers in America, and the show remains her vehicle...The most famous lines from the screenplay are here, but Nicholaw's energetic staging wisely breezes past them; the newer jokes get bigger laughs, while the score successfully builds on Fey's knowingly corrective tone...Where 'Mean Girls' glows most is in the spotlight it shines on its cast. Louderman is sensational."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
April 8th, 2018

"'Mean Girls' isn't just a fun, and very funny, show: It's continuously, mischievously self-aware...Has its share of beloved moments to live up to. And it delivers...'Mean Girls' isn’t flawless. The first act is so strong, with such a well-built, fast-paced arc, that the second half feels like it takes a few tugs on the starter cord before the lawn mower fires up again...It’s not shocking that 'Mean Girls' is a fast-paced fancy funtime, but it’s a real treat to find that it’s still witty, worldly, and wise."
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New Yorker
April 8th, 2018

"The cast is all-around good, but special credit goes to Butler...Also convincing are the 'art freaks,' Janis and Damian who in Fey's rewrite function as narrators...Fey's screenplay is so taut and quotable that the addition of songs seems almost gratuitous, and Richmond's music has the interchangeable pop-anthem sound that's become standard on Broadway. But who needs Tina Fey to reinvent musical comedy? She does just fine with the help of Casey Nicholaw."
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The Hollywood Reporter
April 8th, 2018

"A surprisingly enjoyable and genuinely funny sugar treat with a lot of heart...Key to the show's success is its attention to the secondary characters, both in the writing and in the performances...While the show's book outshines the score, the songs pack in their share of wit...Nicholaw infuses the production with his customary playful energy...Splashy ensemble numbers suggest a nervous burst of hormonally charged adolescence that makes 'Mean Girls' sing."
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Entertainment Weekly
April 8th, 2018

"A lively, frequently hilarious adaptation...Propelled by dazzling set design and several stand-out performances, the musical gives fans everything they want while bringing the saga of Regina George and the Plastics into the social media age...In setting this 'cautionary tale' to music, Fey and lyricist Nell Benjamin have more latitude to explore the internal lives of these now-iconic characters...Fey & Co. have made sure all of the movie's greatest hits get their moment on stage."
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Variety
April 8th, 2018

"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."
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The Wall Street Journal
April 11th, 2018

"'Mean Girls' is funny enough, and so, I suppose, is the new musical version...Of the 18 songs by Benjamin and Richmond, 'What's Wrong With Me?' is dramatically savvy, but none of the others add value: They exist solely to let the actors sing...Another super-safe musical whose target market is those who loved the movie...Nicholaw's dances are zippy and Pask's 'set,' which consists mostly of video projections, is fun to look at. The cast is fine, too."
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The Observer
April 11th, 2018

"The mindless...musical version of the stupid, tasteless 2004 film...A load of teenybopper trash which, like the recycled jokes and vapid, lukewarm Richmond-Benjamin pop score, cannot really be appreciated by anyone without a mouthful of bubble gum...The songs are banal and derivative. Fey's third-rate book is forgettable...Henson as the limp-wristed Damien walks away with the show...The egregious opposite of everything Fey stands for, so it's appalling that she put her name on it."
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Deadline
April 8th, 2018

"Vibrant, beautifully sung and visually splendid, this funny charmer - book by Fey, music by Richmond and lyrics by Benjamin - broadens the original Paramount movie - a bar-raiser for teen flicks - to full musical comedy scale without sacrificing any of the mordancy and compassion...Stays true to the plot of the film while smoothly updating the high school mischief-making for the age of social media...Songs are loaded with cleverness."
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The Washington Post
April 8th, 2018

"A well-tooled winner, and not just for younger audiences who imprinted on the 2004 film...Fey's script is tailor-made for any adult ear that grooves on mischievous wit, and director-choreographer Nicholaw knows exactly how to spin a musical into an orbit fueled by hormones gone haywire...In a marketplace filled with mindless work about teens, here's one that doesn't insult their intelligence - or yours."
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Chicago Tribune
April 8th, 2018

"Fey still writes funnier, smarter, sharper satire than most anyone else...Janice and her sidekick Damian have the heart of the story, but not the stage-time. And that, in the end, is a structural strain...Packed with body-twisting and often witty choreography...So stocked with stimulation that it rests not for a second, a choice that does not help Henningsen really change, given that Richmond's score, as energetic and funny as everything else here, is hardly centered on self-reflective ballads."
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New York Post
April 8th, 2018

"A high-budget but watered-down adaptation of her wonderfully nasty, 2004 hit comedy. This is 'Mean Girls' lite...Fans will love hearing their favorite lines...But many of the songs feel like padding...Best when it breaks from the movie...Fey is at her funniest when she's brutally cutting, and songs like Getchen's lament, and Karen's PG-rated ode to racy Halloween costumes fall far short of the so-real-it's-painful zingers from her film. Fey's show has heart, but it's not terribly fetch."
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New York Daily News
April 8th, 2018

"Delivers a fizzy blast that tickles the ears, eyes and funny bone...This season's most likely to crowd-please...Not the same as saying it's a great musical - but the show surprises and impresses...Songs are easy-to-like...An excellent cast...Staging packs style, invention and Red Bull-force energy that showcases the material to the max...Dance numbers get repetitive...The book gets a bit choppy towards the end...Still, Fey's baby is a lot of fun."
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AM New York
April 8th, 2018

"A wishy-washy, pointless adaptation...Except for a few new laugh lines and structural changes, Fey's book sticks closely to the screenplay...Songs are underwhelming and awkwardly inserted into the dialogue...As if trying to compensate, the production pulsates with high energy and hyperkinetic movement, as seen in everything from the broad-style performances to the shifting digital projections and all-out dance choreography...Few adults will find the musical to be 'fetch'."
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NY1
April 8th, 2018

"Fey updated her sharply amusing story...It's now framed as a cautionary tale...Follows the film quite closely...Fey's book is very funny and warm...If the score lacks a big memorable number, the tuneful songs enhance the material quite nicely....Nicholaw paces the two-and-a-half hour production with high energy, maneuvering between the silly and serious moments with tremendous finesse...A first-class collaboration puts us in the company of 'Mean Girls' you will love to hate."
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Theatermania
April 8th, 2018

"Fey has added a handful of jokes that are funnier than anything on-screen...There are rookie structural problems...Manages to go thematically deeper than it did as a film...The music, however, doesn't always make a strong case for its existence...Nicholaw's vigorous production tries to mask the flaws with his usual 'more is more' style...There are times when one wishes it were just a straight play. But imperfections aside, we must be very thankful for the comedic genius behind the script."
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Lighting & Sound America
April 9th, 2018

"'Mean Girls' is loud, fast, insistently chipper, and fitfully hilarious; it is also deficient in the qualities that make a musical memorable. I give it a C+...Even the show's assets are turned into debits by repetition...Casey Nicholaw's musical staging is loaded with inventive touches...But songs and dances can, and should, do more than constantly hype a musical with ever-larger doses of vitamin B12...The show improves markedly in its later stretches."
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Talkin' Broadway
April 8th, 2018

"Nicholaw, a brilliant design team, and a most exuberant cast have pulled out all the stops to shape 'Mean Girls' into a ceaselessly pulsating explosion of dance, song, and visual pyrotechnics...What makes this all work is less the easygoing plot than the strong performances by the young cast...The entire company fills every minute with boundless talent and energy under Nicholaw's fast-paced and imaginative direction and choreography."
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New York Stage Review
April 8th, 2018

"Not every concoction in this new musical is 100 percent up to snuff; but most of them are...Pretty damn funny, and what a novel statement is that to make about a contemporary musical comedy...Too many songs that seem like what we just heard. Even so, the score is mostly cheery and spirited...The cast, too, enhances the fun...Succeeds as an exuberantly mirthful crowd-pleaser...Nicholaw earns himself a scarlet-and-spangled A while Fey graduates summa cum laughter."
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New York Stage Review
April 8th, 2018

"Delightfully fun and funny, silly and sweet, energetic and adorable, sarcastic but good-hearted. It delights devoted fans, but it stands on its own stilettos as an original musical...Fey's script retains the same story and many of the movie's most famous lines, but she's also created a fully theatrical world...Fey's smart, sly tone stays intact...Performed by a razor-sharp young cast...Even with all that talent, though, it's Nicholaw's work that makes 'Mean Girls' a triumph."
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Broadway News
April 8th, 2018

"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."
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TheaterScene.net
April 24th, 2018

“If you feared that Tina Fey, that multitalented threat who first conquered television, couldn't turn her 2004 cult movie script, ‘Mean Girls,’ about the risks of negotiating high school as an outsider, into a successful stage musical, be assured that the stage show is even more fun than the film. All of the original characters and iconic lines are still here, plus an infectious score of 18 new songs by composer Jeff Richmond (Fey's husband) and Nell Benjamin, lyricist on ‘Legally Blonde.’”
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Theater Pizzazz
April 8th, 2018

"The musical's story line hews very closely to the original...And it's still good for a laugh...Its satire could definitely use some sting. It has an instinctive comic sensibility, but it doesn't go far enough with it...'Mean Girls' is characterized by a sameness...that slows it down despite its often-frenetic movement...The choreography and direction has a genuine teenage quality to it, but the dancers look crowded and their moves staccato. The music is generic Broadway defanged rock."
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CurtainUp
April 9th, 2018

"Besides the peppy triple-threat cast, Nicholaw has an outstanding team of backstage wizards to help him turn Fey's pre-internet dominated high school movie into an eye-popping, constantly shifting visual spectacle...A comfortingly familiar story...While there's no problem with the performers' singing, the musical numbers provided by Fey's husband Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin are more serviceable than memorable."
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Front Row Center
April 8th, 2018

"'Mean Girls'—a big, noisy musical based on a hit teen movie...turns out to be one of those feel-good nights on Broadway when you unabashedly jump to your feet applauding because you’ve had such a good time...It comes down to the talent— on the boards to be sure, but more importantly, at the production table...Laugh lines are perfectly paced through the script...Production is impressive...The dancing is exuberant...All the songs are new, and some are especially compelling."
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Stage Buddy
April 16th, 2018

"The ensemble is excellent, with great dancing and supporting roles that make the principle cast look great...The musical is very much like the movie...The play has a little more pep in its step owing to the nature of its theatrical medium. Hennigsen's Cady is a bit too perky and somewhat dorky, not as natural and uncaring of what other people think...It's fine though because, in the end, the story's message about the value of true friendship and self-acceptance is all that really matters."
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Front Mezz Junkies
April 14th, 2018

"Fey’s musical stage show book will consistently please even the most diehard of 'Mean Girls' fans...This musical creation does the almost impossible exceedingly well. They have found a way of balancing the telling of Cady’s cultural readjustment tale, a story that we all know and love...while also keeping the plot current, unique, and far enough away from the original so it doesn’t feel like a carbon copy."
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Exeunt Magazine
April 12th, 2018

"The more preachy or saccharine elements of this coming-of-age tale are mostly balanced out by Fey’s incisive comedy. Most importantly, the musical retains the film’s cake-eating and having ability to so closely resemble the teen movie it on one level lovingly parodies, while injecting a fairly simple, but astute, funny—and yes, feminist—critique...Between the music, lyrics, stage design, and choreography, the dancing is the strongest component."
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T
April 17th, 2018

"Certainly has lasting power...but suffers from some familiar musical comedy pitfalls. Although the cast is brilliant and vocally astounding the depth of their characters sometimes suffer from stereotype and incessant jokes that jeopardize authenticity. It is too long and loses its potency with musical numbers that sometimes provide little or no payoff and do not move the plot forward. What it is lacking in profundity is offset by the sheer entertainment factor."
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New York Theater
April 13th, 2018

"Overlong, ill-timed Broadway musical...The cast is uniformly excellent, with some stand-outs...Tina Fey's self-aware wit is still evident, with some of the now iconic lines/catchphrases transposed from the movie intact, updated with topical jokes and extensive references to social media...But the musical, an hour longer than the movie, adds some 18 largely unmemorable songs...Few of which advance the story."
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Broadway Blog
April 9th, 2018

"Nicholaw’s strengths lie in his exuberant choreography, which includes a refreshing physical vocabulary of popping and hip-hop. But like his recent West End production of 'Dreamgirls,' emotional authenticity may not be on 'Mean Girls’' final exam...'Mean Girls' still offers plenty of musical theater confection, especially if you’re the type who feels good being bad. The twinkle-eyed cast deftly handles Fey’s sharp-tongued script."
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C
April 8th, 2018

"This new musical adaptation is smart...Which isn't altogether surprising since the excellent, empowering and topical book is by the brilliant funny Fey...Superbly staged and choreographed...Nicholaw, Fey and company manage to keep the show's tone consistently at a more adult level...One could hope for a better score...Most of the tunes are pleasant if instantly forgettable...But given a season of few original musicals on Broadway, let's not quibble. Instead, let's hear it for the 'Girls'."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
April 12th, 2018

“Fey…is responsible for the book, so you can expect a lot of funny zingers; you may also find…that guffaws erupt at lines as laughable as any…page in the phone book…The material…has lost whatever comic realism it had in the movie in favor of broad, caricaturish, musical comedy strokes…The fun's focus on frivolities fizzles long before the…two and a half hours…have run their overstuffed course…The music…isn't especially thrilling but Nell Benjamin's often shrewd lyrics make the songs bounce.”
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The Guardian (UK)
April 8th, 2018

"The stage adaptation of the hit teen film is a jubilant watch but the songs aren't quite as catchy as they should be and there's a mean streak missing...The songs are catchy enough, the book is reasonably witty, the staging sufficiently fluid...But - no offense...'Mean Girls' is basic...The actors are charming...But as the musical scampers from one bright number to the next, you are rarely moved to care about them...No real sense of who these girls are. They're rarely more than stereotype."
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The Wrap
April 8th, 2018

"The biggest laughs in Fey's book are lifted directly from her screenplay...If only Fey's springboard of a book had inspired more memorable, distinctive songs. A few hit the mark...The score is nothing if not varied...Benjamin's lyrics are rarely more than serviceable...Most original laughs can be attributed to Nicholaw’s always sharp choreography and direction...Nicholaw knows how to direct actors for maximum comic effect...Where Nicholaw works real magic is with Regina's two sidekicks."
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
April 13th, 2018

"The plot is as dippy and predicable as ever, although Tina Fey’s book includes lots of laugh lines, and Jeff Richmond’s music and Nell Benjamin’s lyrics provide the appealing cast members with opportunity to score big in the singing department. Casey Nicholaw’s high-speed direction and rapid-fire choreography avoid lulls...Even a skeptic glad to be far removed from the doings depicted can admire the cast and the staging alive with Broadway expertise."
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The Stage (UK)
April 8th, 2018

"Another show about the female enfranchisement...but the production ironically lacks its own authentic voice...Not much by way of dramatic tension, though Fey is helped here by the addition of songs by her composer husband Jeff Richmond...Staged with pep and lots of urban energy...The cast of school friends and rivals is mostly more wearying than endearing, not helped by essentially having to play cliched types...Broadway may nevertheless welcome its easy, if generic, professionalism."
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Stage Left
April 9th, 2018

"A movie-to-stage adaption that gets its right, and then some...'Mean Girls' the musical is a triumphant burst of high-energy fun, artfully written and brilliantly executed...Ms. Fey and co. have created a slick and sturdy new musical that is every bit as funny as the now-iconic film, and even more effective at delivering its message of self-confidence and kindness in a national moment where it needed more than ever."
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Towleroad
April 9th, 2018

"Wickedly entertaining...While her book for the musical retains many fan-favorite lines, Fey also takes full advantage of the opportunity to pack new laughs into her best-loved work and freshen existing gags for the stage...Though the score acts as a decent vehicle for the cast’s stellar vocals, the music is largely forgettable...Still, ‘Girl World’ 2.0 is a blast — and not just because it’s one from the past."
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Daily Beast
April 8th, 2018

"If you loved the movie...you will also love this musical, directed and choreographed with characteristic verve and juiced-up passion by Casey Nicholaw...The book still has all the sly, biting brilliance and precise observational humor of the original...The songs are a well-judged mix of rock, pop and the occasional ballad, but many do not advance the story...Fans will have a 'fetch' night out...they also may wish it was a tad shorter and sharper."
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DC Metro Theater Arts
April 8th, 2018

"Directed with a combination of youthful exuberance, biting wit, and light-hearted didactics...Cast is terrific, bringing all the familiar high-school types to life with sidesplitting characterizations, priceless one-liners, impeccable comic timing, spot-on moves, and powerful vocals...Numerous songs support the characterizations and advance the plot, some are redundant...But all of the numbers are aided by Nicholaw's lively and imaginative choreography."
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Financial Times (UK)
April 8th, 2018

"This new musical adaptation updates that Tina Fey-scripted story of high-school bitchiness for our Age of Shame...Sticks closely to the original plot...Benjamin and Richmond's numbers similarly sound a bit innocuous and tend to lean too heavily on a single lyric. The underlying story is strong enough to make 'Mean Girls' a broadly entertaining two and a half hours under Nicholaw's brisk direction. But, as the Girls would put it, this adaptation just isn't 'fetch'."
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M
April 15th, 2018

"At times, it all makes for a frisky funny entertainment...There are other times when the abrupt plot and character turns begin to feel a little messy and overworked...Script is laced with Fey's off-kilter brainy humour that seeps into the lyrics as well...Nicholaw's blithely inspired direction further matches Fey's tone, and his angular choreography exudes both a youthful exuberance and a sense of humour...The company exhibits seemingly bottomless reserves of talent and energy."
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NewNowNext.com
April 9th, 2018

"The longish show has many highlights and tries to humanize the material, with a running theme of 'What’s wrong with me?' Fortunately, things never get too gooey, as snappy cracks take precedence over soul searching. The time period has been wisely moved to the present, when technology (and Trump) can be more properly spoofed. The result is very fetch, though the gays pretty much end up loveless if prideful."
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Newsday
April 8th, 2018

"Fey has taken great pains to hold on to everything that made the movie such a cult favorite...Still, something doesn’t quite click...Despite vibrant performances from a uniformly talented cast, the show drags, especially in the first act...The music is repetitive and not particularly memorable....Nicholaw wrings everything he can from his cast, most notably from Barrett Wilbert Weed and Grey Henson...Fey has updated the story, letting social media take over."
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NJ.com
April 8th, 2018

"Perfectly harmless, wholly unnecessary...the very definition of disposable entertainment....Blown up to Broadway scale, none of this really works...The musical numbers don't grow organically out of the story or characters, so much as feel padded on...An already thin, lighthearted story seem painfully threadbare, and to drown out the story's central message about the importance of female unity...Which isn't necessarily to say that 'Mean Girls' is a chore to sit through."
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The Telegraph (UK)
April 9th, 2018

"It feels familiar yet fresh, thanks in part to the way it’s been smartly re-conceived for the stage by director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw, and it’s even funnier than the original...'Mean Girls' now and again pushes the boundaries of taste...But it also carries spirit of female empowerment...Nicholaw has a knack for staging musicals that are playful comedic romps, and he gets accomplished performances from his youthful cast."
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StageZine
April 13th, 2018

"Fey’s book constantly moves, she gives everyone an equal opportunity to the point that some of it seems like filler. The music and lyrics are catchy and memorable. They encapsulate each person and cliques, which at times also feels like filler. However, it is the great Casey Nicholaw who injects his usual flair for the production numbers that always keeps the musical and numbers moving....The show has bounce and verve, it’s joyful and has a healing message; it’s colorful and a delight."
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Off Script with Dan Dwyer
April 13th, 2018

"Fey has inserted some new jokes plucked from today’s headlines...but much of the dialogue is word-for-word from the movie...Nicholaw’s pacing is uniformly adrenalized, leaving little breathing room between number after number...The real asset of 'Mean Girls' is casting and the young performers...Each has an impressive set of pipes, and each personalizes the role appealingly...'Mean Girls' carries a positive contemporary message about the cruelties of peer pressure and bullying."
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Z
April 12th, 2018

"For those of us who think the 2004 film was nothing less than brilliant (isn’t everything Tina Fey touches nothing less than brilliant?), this musical incarnation is pure, unadulterated, super fetch-y fun...The talented cast is bursting with enthusiasm and talent...And speaking of bursting with enthusiasm, the audience has nearly as much as the cast...The book, by Tina herself, is spot on, as is the bouncy direction and choreography by Casey Nicholaw."
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Medium
April 8th, 2018

"Nothing about the musical disappoints...Quite simply, it is a triumph. It so perfectly adapts the beloved, generation-defining film on to the Broadway stage, adding fierce belts and group dance numbers with an ease that seems almost effortless...The principle actors have managed to find the perfect blend of inspiration and innovation...Yes, the 'Mean Girls' musical has a very obvious lesson and is trying to be more educational, but we are better off for it."
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Drama Queen NYC
April 17th, 2018

"One of my favorite things is just how much gayer conceiver and bookwriter Fey has made the character of Damian...Fey quite rightly adds social media elements to her tale of high-school status-seeking, to appropriately toxic effect...Nicholaw is exactly the right director-choreographer for this material, with crack timing in the books scenes and bristling energy in the dance numbers...Just as entertaining and smart as the film."
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Show Showdown
June 8th, 2018

"Cute and funny, well-staged, a little too long for what it is...and ultimately better than getting a cavity filled. I wish I'd been thrilled by it, but again, it was hardly an ordeal...I didn't dig the score, which struck me weirdly as a thin interpretation of Broadway musicals in some vague generic sense but without a real grasp of the blood and guts that make some representations of the genre work way better than others do...The performers were game and some of them were really terrific."
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Film Festival Traveler
April 17th, 2018

"Fey has smartly turned her original script into a book that may be even funnier and more pointed than the movie. And Nicholaw has choreographed and directed with smashing effectiveness...Nicholaw's ace design team creates a high school world with an impressive visual sheen that underscores, not undercuts...But making 'Mean Girls' unmissable is its exuberant cast...Should please both die-hard fans and those looking for a rollicking good time."
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F
April 8th, 2018

"Feels in every way like a musical made for 2018...Emerges as a genuinely colorful, lively and bedazzled new musical ignited by an electric and menacingly seductive performance by Louderman and a hilariously show-stealing turn by both Henson and Weed...The musical strides close enough to the movie’s plots and gags to appease those fans coming for familiar mirth, without sacrificing innovation and vitality on the altar of self-identity."
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Labor Press
April 11th, 2018

"Fey, famous for her Saturday Night Live performances, wrote the show, and Casey Nicholaw directed and choreographed it, bringing the story, song, dance, and comedy together to make for a fun evening for theatregoers. The music is by Fey’s husband, Jeff Richards, and the sassy lyrics by Neil Benjamin. The show is true to the movie...This show has it all: humor, fun, dance, and engagement with the audience. I highly recommend it for an evening of fun."
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Journal Inquirer
April 13th, 2018

"Surprisingly funny and witty...Those who are fans of the film should find many of the familiar beats from the movie on stage...The real thrill of the show though is its supporting cast. Henson and Weed are dynamic together; tripping off Fey’s biting wit with tactical precision, while Park and Rockwell are both hysterical...But while laughing at the stereotypes depicted within, it is not a bad thing to reflect afterward why we laugh at the expense of people different from ourselves."
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People
April 9th, 2018

"A fresh and fun Broadway musical...Die hard fans of the property will be satisfied, especially because some of 'Mean Girls‘' most-popular quotes are repeated word-for-word here...The songs help too...As a first-time Broadway composer, not all of Richmond’s songs are hits. But the ones that work really work and director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw’s swift staging makes those scenes all the more invigorating."
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Simon Parris Man in Chair
April 8th, 2018

"A guilty pleasure that leaves the audience on a giddy high...An appealing young cast, vivid design, catchy music and an abundance of laughs, sneaking in the odd inspirational message for good balance...Characters are keenly observed and sharply drawn, and behaviour stays ever true to form...A score which is catchy...Benjamin successfully matches Fey's tone, allowing a seamless transition between sung and spoken word...Tightly choreographed."
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The Saratogian
April 11th, 2018

"Colorful, big, exciting and highly entertaining...Fey's wit and keen eye for social satire shines throughout the production...The singing is good and the dancing terrific in support of a score that needs help as the music lacks distinction and tends to be repetitive...The choreography is clever, energetic and sets the mood and location of every scene perfectly...As well as the performers avoid caricature, the fact is 'Mean Girls' is still a cliché. An entertaining cliché, but a cliché nonetheless."
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JK's Theatre Scene
May 14th, 2018

“I was in the minority in my feeling of disappointment at this hyper, excessive musical...Fey has updated her screenplay to make it relevant and occasionally newly funny. The problem really lies in everything that surrounds it. Save for a couple of really nice songs...Richmond’s score is bland...Benjamin's lyrics are...uninspired...The obvious tell that the show is less than the sum of its parts is the strain of Casey Nicolaw's staging and direction. It stinks of desperation."
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M
April 8th, 2018

"The musical hews quite closely to its source material...A faithful retelling of the endlessly rewatchable film - with a couple additional dance breaks...The cast is uniformly excellent; in particular, the three actresses portraying the iconic Plastics trio...If there's any disappointment, it's that the songs don't quite rise to the actors' obvious talent...The score would have benefitted from a little more variety...Each number is pleasant enough...but you won't really be humming any of the tunes."
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F
April 10th, 2018

"That rare movie-to-stage translation that succeeds at almost every level, from its whip-smart writing and frenetically paced scene changes to its timely #MeToo-era message...I can see 'Mean Girls' becoming one of the more enduring movie-inspired musicals to come along in a while. Sure, Broadway has plenty of empty calories, but it can always use more well-executed ones."
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B
April 8th, 2018

"While movies don't often translate well into musicals, this one translates to the stage incredibly well partially because Fey herself wrote the book, which certainly keeps the original spirit of the movie alive. Every single song is a showstopper in its own way, and it helps that many of the classic lines from the movie are kept in the script...The dancing in the production is out of this world...'Mean Girls' has a bright future on Broadway, and I truly cannot say enough good things about it."
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Village Voice
April 11th, 2018

"Culls a good portion of its dialogue straight from the movie...And offers little in the way of production design. The story, too, varies only slightly from its source material...Feels like a slightly lamer version of the movie...It's hard to decide which is more disappointing: the utterly forgettable music...or the near-total lack of set design...The best moments are those that take a kernel from the movie and magnify it."
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S
April 11th, 2018

"'Mean Girls' the musical has got something the original didn’t have much of at all: sweetness. Depending upon how you feel about having the moral of the story hammered into your psyche for the last 20 minutes, your mileage will vary. Many of the softened and cheesier edges work, particularly in the first act...But a broad approach is less successful in Taylor Louderman’s take on Regina."
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K
April 17th, 2018

"The movie from 2004 is a distant memory but, as directed and choreographed by Nicholaw, it comes to sharp life again in this still timely and relevant new musical...The whole cast is terrific. The two female leads, Henningsen as Cady and Louderman as Regina are both strong, particularly Louderman...It's funny, touching and emotionally resonant...Transferring from film to musical theater is no mean feat and 'Mean Girls' does it, overall, exceptionally well- with some powerful songs."
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H
April 10th, 2018

"The entire principal cast captured the essence of their characters, and it never felt like they were simply trying to recreate the performances from the film...It doesn’t feel like the show goes out of its way too much to include all the notable lines and gags from the film. Instead, the musical tosses in new moments and bits of dialogue that are hilarious, give new insight to characters, or push the narrative along...I highly recommend seeing the musical."
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R
April 10th, 2018

"The show's evolved thesis emphasizes how society's rigid gender roles force women into hurtful behavior that, if done by a man, would actually be applauded...The show manages to do all this without being preachy...The set is fantastic, the choreography invigorating, the script impossibly funny and made somehow funnier by the actors' impeccable deliveries...2018 'Mean Girls' is for everyone."
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