Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Clever, Great staging

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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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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. 'Mean Girls' takes a look at friendships—and human nature—through a ferociously funny lens.


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90
Stage Left

"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." Full Review

90
Medium

"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." Full Review

90
Refinery29

"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." Full Review

90
Broadway Lover

"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." Full Review

88
Front Row Center

"'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." Full Review

85
The Washington Post

"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." Full Review

85
People

"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." Full Review

85
Deadline

"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." Full Review

85
Entertainment Weekly

"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." Full Review

85
Simon Parris Man in Chair

"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." Full Review

85
Talkin' Broadway

"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." Full Review

85
Fordham Observer

"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." Full Review

85
Time Out New York

"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." Full Review

85
New York Magazine / Vulture

"'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, wor... Full Review

85
New York Stage Review

"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." Full Review

85
New York Stage Review

"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." Full Review

85
Katz Reviews

"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." Full Review

85
Drama Queen NYC

"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." Full Review

85
ZEALnyc

"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." Full Review

85
Hello Giggles

"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." Full Review

85
Fast Company

"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." Full Review

85
NY1

"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." Full Review

80
NewNowNext.com

"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." Full Review

80
The Telegraph (UK)

"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." Full Review

80
Towleroad

"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." Full Review

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79
Funny, Disappointing, Overrated, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if You love the movie or like big, flashy, loud-belting, strong-female musicals that you can take your teenagers to.

Don't see it if You expect Tina Fey to revolutionize the musical. The choreography & the book scenes are great, but the rest is unfortunately average.

79
Funny, Clever, Relevant

See it if You loved Mean Girls - a lot of what we all loved is still there. It also features some really great performances by young actors.

Don't see it if You are a composition or musical lyrics nerd - the lyrics are easily the weakest part of the show.

85
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Relevant, Great dancing

See it if you appreciate a light yet incisive storyline and characters whose stereotypes have driving purpose. Solid choreography/dancing in ensemble.

Don't see it if you're a purist about the movie. A few changes have been made, and you have to be willing to come in with an open mind and let it unfold.

77
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy high school comedies; this is a well-staged and funny production.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a high school story; while enjoyable, this show is a bit predictable and isn't breaking new ground in the teen genre.

78
If you love the movie you'll love the show.

See it if You want to have fun and relive high school terrors. Good production. Good performances.

Don't see it if You want good music. Music is the weakest element here and it is a musical!

60
Disappointing, Cliched, Fluffy, Talented cast, Bland score

See it if You feel that a musical show with decent staging and a talented cast can overcome an unoriginal, tired book and bland score.

Don't see it if You are looking for a substantive musical with genuine emotions, because there is n one of that in this show.

72
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Relevant, Great staging

See it if Are a fan of the movie, like teen dramas, can relate to feelings of wanting to fit in

Don't see it if You want something new and original

78
Funny, Entertaining, Lively, Energetic, Good writing

See it if you want to see a show based on a movie that actually improves on the movie and is full of lively songs and energetic dancing.

Don't see it if you prefer a calmer quieter musical and you don't like shows full of huge production numbers or you don't like shows based on movies.

69
Overrated, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you are a fan of Tina Fey or the movie, though the delivery in the musical isn't nearly as funny as the movie

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of the movie. Long musical with far too many songs that aren't catchy or absorbing though the cast has very talented singer

Also Taylor Louderman was a vocal stand out for me.

77
Funny, Quirky, Relevant, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if Lively, non-stop staging (energetic movement, colorful costumes and dazzling video), semi-clever satire of high school types

Don't see it if Not as funny or sharp as the film. Aggressively snarky. Music is drab.

80
Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You like the movie, and high school antics about the “cool kids” v the “nerds”. Catchy songs and energetic dance numbers. Just have fun.

Don't see it if You disliked the movie, think teenage antics are silly, and do not like the meanness that teenagers show to demean each other.

Also Taylor Louderman is excellent as the lead, Regina. I saw the stand-in,... Read more Read less

60
Disappointing, Flashy, Overt

See it if ...I think everyone has already made up their mind re: whether or not they’re going.

Don't see it if see above.

Also I think I’m too much a fan of the film. I’ve seen it 20+ times and can... Read more Read less

86
Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like the original or like seeing shows like Heathers or Legally Blonde (this is sort of a mix of the two).

Don't see it if You want an exact replica of the movie or you want to see something with serious themes.

79
Ambitious, Clever, Quirky

See it if You're a fan of the film, are a teen girl, or are the mom of a teen girl. It's practically required for cultural literacy. Catchy tunes.

Don't see it if You think "girls' shows" are unimportant. It's all about the teen perspective.

91
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want to be entertained, laugh and enjoy great staging, acting, voices and choreography of this high energy production

Don't see it if The music is too loud, you are not into high school drama

45
Flat, Uninvolving, Meandering

See it if you have no quality filter and just want to see your favorite movie on stage

Don't see it if you expect a cohesive story that builds logically and a memorable score

Also Heathers without the edge. Bring It On without the talent. Carrie with... Read more Read less

79
Indulgent, Cliched, Overrated, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you loved the movie, or are looking for a sometimes funny but not so accurate take on the worst part of high school age kids.

Don't see it if you want high art, sophisticated story, or a truly representative picture of teenage life, though it does have a good message in the end.

65
Great writing, Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated

See it if you want to hear some funny jokes by Tina Fey. The character of Damian steals the show in every scene he's in.

Don't see it if The music is the weakest link in this show. To the point you wished it had just been a play instead.

80
Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you really like upbeat musical and love the film!

Don't see it if you want traditional musical

82
Delightful, Great writing, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you love the movie, Tina Fey, smart writing, a talented cast, and incredible energy. See it if you want to have fun.

Don't see it if excellent music is important to you - it's very mediocre but plays well in the context of the show. Don't see if you want complexity/depth.

70
Delightful, Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated, Hilarious

See it if you are looking for a fun night out, and just looking for some trashy high school drama and a few laughs.

Don't see it if you are looking for anything in-depth or complex.

Also The Plastics are fantastic. All three of the actresses were unique in ... Read more Read less

84
Clever, Must see, Great writing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you love the movie, want a bit of nostalgia, you like catchy songs!

Don't see it if you want a deep thoughtful musical

76
Funny, Quirky, Disappointing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love the movie and like to laugh.

Don't see it if you are expecting a departure from the movie, are not a fan of projection sets or are looking for memorable music.

80
Funny, Relevant, Great singing

See it if you want a fun lighthearted show with great vocals and acting. Having seen the movie helps enjoyment - but doesn't hinder.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals about kids in high school.

94
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like high energy musicals that remind us to be kind.It's sad how relevant this show is today.Great choreography

Don't see it if you don't want a feel good show with amazing talent, writing, directing, singing and dancing. It stays true to the movie and adds new layers


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