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New York | 2h 30m | Open run

Mean Girls (Broadway)

From 70 critic and 816 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Clever, Delightful

About the show

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

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.



90
TheaterScene.net

“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.’” Full Review

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
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

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

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
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
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
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
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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

80
CitiTour

"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'." Full Review

80
The Hollywood Reporter

"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." Full Review


100
Great acting, Must see, Great writing, Great singing

See it if I can't say enough good things! It should be a requirement for every girl in middle and high school! Very empowering.

Don't see it if You cannot appreciate the "silliness" of some numbers with a deep message underneath.

100
Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Must see, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of the movie, this production manages to keep the light, funny aspects of the film while incorporating a new flair.

Don't see it if you hate funny, laugh out loud entertainment.

100
Quirky, Great writing, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy Tina Fey style humor. It’s stupid but fun.

Don't see it if You take theatre too seriously.

100
Funny, Great acting, Must see, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want to experience what a great broadway musical is all about

Don't see it if you prefer serious plays

100
Funny, Delightful, Epic, Must see, Great writing

See it if You love a big fun musical, or love the movie.

Don't see it if tweens and teens are not your thing. very young audience.

100
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy tena fey

Don't see it if you dont like femanist

100
Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You're a fan of the film or just want to enjoy a high-energy laugh-out-loud ride!

Don't see it if You're not a fan of light comedies or musicals.

100
Raunchy, Relevant, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want to laugh, cry, and feel seen all in one night, all while watching Tony nominees give the performances of their careers.

Don't see it if you expect it to be much different than the movie. Other than a host of beautifully-written songs, it sticks to the movie almost to the T.

100
Ambitious, Clever, Must see, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if If you like the movie, it was a must see. Kept you on the edge of your seat the whole show. It was fun!!

Don't see it if No reason. If u can get tickets. Lots of lines waiting for lottery and rush!!

100
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if love creative, exciting staging. Great singing. Story line that would be wonderful for young people to see. Fun for everyone even my husband

Don't see it if What is not to like unless you enjoy bullying and being a nasty girl. Story line applies to teenagers but truly to all ages in life.

Also I loved it and had no idea what it was about. The colorful costumes an... Read more Read less

100
Clever, Must see, Refreshing, Resonant, Great singing

See it if you love the movie!

Don't see it if if you don't like movie adaptations.

100
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You loved the movie. Also, if you have a good sense of humor and are looking for a great show to become absorbed in- really well done!

Don't see it if I really can't imagine anyone not liking it

100
Exquisite, Great acting, Must see, Hilarious, Great singing

See it if You liked Legally Blonde, Heathers, or the film Mean Girls! You are going to love it! Especially if you’re a Chicago suburbanite!

Don't see it if You were the one person at your high school that NEVER had a falling out with a friend, a bad break up, or a secret exposed.

Also It has all the heart, hilarious lines, and positive messages of the fi... Read more Read less

100
Funny, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you love the movie and want to hear a great score

Don't see it if you should just see it.

100
Absorbing, Epic, Must see, Great staging

See it if You love the movie! The cast looks just like the cast from the movie!

Don't see it if ...

100
Must see, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, So fetch!

See it if If you enjoy modern, fun musicals. See it if you are a fan of the movie. See it if you are looking for a fresh musical on Broadway.

Don't see it if You do not like the movie, teenager stories, or teenage angst.

Also Mean Girls has great set design and staging, choreography, and singing... Read more Read less

100
Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you loved the movie, or just want to see a fun, campy show with great singing!

Don't see it if you don't like to laugh.

100
Funny, Exquisite, Great writing, Hilarious, Great singing

See it if Super funny well written book, bingeworthy soundtrack. All the lines we know and love from the movie. Singing tht will melt ur face off.

Don't see it if You rly loathed the movie

100
Epic, Must see, Great writing, Hilarious, Great singing

See it if If you love the movie.. the cast is phenomenal and the songs are super catchy. It’s my personal fave! If you go on Wednesday wear pink!!

Don't see it if If you dislike the movie or anything pop cultured. Don’t go expecting to hear and see every joke from the movie as it’s been updated.

100
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if Love Tina Fey.Very true to the movie

Don't see it if Don’t like Mean Girls

100
Delightful, Great acting, Must see, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy raw emotion and humor all in one place!

Don't see it if You don't want to have a good time

100
Funny, Epic, Must see, Hilarious, Great singing

See it if You like good theater, this show exceeded all my expectations it was amazing!!

Don't see it if You don’t like fun shows or anything about highschool. If you’re looking for the most powerful drama, this isn’t for you

100
Must see, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you are looking for a great time at the theatre.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of the film.

100
Clever, Delightful, Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love the movie, you want to see a great show with a meaningful message, amazing music, outstanding singing, and great dancing

Don't see it if you can’t get past that it’s based on the movie. tina fey wrote both the musical and the movie, so you definitely know it’s in good hands!!!

100
Funny, Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You love or work with high school kids. Valid interpretation of what goes on in their minds and hearts today. Great stage, lighting, music,

Don't see it if You don't care about kids, their feelings, or what their perception of the life.


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