Already closed

Mean Girls (Washington D.C.)

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Clever, Great staging
11 reviews
64 reviews

Based on Tina Fey's blockbuster 2004 comedy, this brand-new musical plays a pre-Broadway tryout in Washington, D.C. Directed by Tony winner Casey Nicholaw.

... Read 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.


Cast & Creatives (40)

See all questions

To see or not to see (0)

See all questions

Reviews (75)

See: Critics' Reviews | Members' Reviews
Avg Score

Front Mezz Junkies

“This musical creation does the almost impossible exceedingly well. They have found a way of balancing the telling of Cady’s cultural readjustment tale...while also keeping the plot just unique and far enough away from the original...The detours are wildly fun and silly, keeping the storyline fresh and sassy...It’s not a perfect show mind you, as it still needs some tightening up...But with the funny and fulfilling balance of old and new, we still walk out happy and appeased.” Full Review

The Washington Post

"Fey can most certainly write a musical, and a funny one at that...'Mean Girls' is a jolt of super-energized adolescent hyper-viciousness, with a snazzy video screenscape thrown in...At present, it’s feeling less like an artistic reinvention than a commercial knockoff...The musical has some shoring up to do, principally in a score with too little melodic variation...Still, a witty groundwork has been effectively laid." Full Review

DC Theatre Scene

"Boasting a powerhouse cast, dynamic staging and design, Fey’s strong book, and an engaging score...Fans of the movie should be pleased as punch at the musical, and Fey’s work surpasses the screenplay...Fey wisely updates the story to the present day...Richmond and Benjamin provide songs that grow from the book, echoing both modern Broadway and the sounds and rhythms of hip hop and rap. It all feels of one piece and should be a favorite score to young and old alike." Full Review


"It's as smart, witty, and entertaining as the source material. Fans of the movie won't find any surprises in Tina Fey's writing for the stage, but that's certainly okay...It's pure musical theater and that's a good thing in this day and age...Benjamin's lyrics are just as a witty as the dialogue...As much as the musical is highly relevant, well-structured, and fun, there are still some areas for potential improvement before the move to the Great White Way." Full Review


"A delightful and energetic tuner packed with strong performances, engaging numbers and eye-popping visuals...It could become a breakout role for Erika Henningsen, who heads an extremely likeable cast of relative unknowns that is uniformly polished...Fey’s book flows nicely from high points to low while seldom missing opportunities for impertinence...A rock infused score that showcases the cast’s individual talents and moods...Most certainly a crowd pleaser." Full Review

Metro Weekly

“What a ‘fetch’ piece of work it is...Fey, overseeing the adaptation, ensures the story hews closely to the 2004 movie’s original plot, and also that the few minor alterations maintain the plucky and wry comedic sensibility that is her signature. Fey ensures success by tapping director/choreographer Nicholaw to put his signature on the production, which results in ‘Mean Girls' moving with the same exaggerated, kinetic energy that helped 'The Book of Mormon’ win multiple Tonys." Full Review

Theatre Nerds

"The result is teen musical royalty...The ensemble cast fits these characters like a glove, always outdoing themselves as the musical progresses...Other strengths of the show include its fantastic score by Jeff Richmond...The show’s pop-rock score fits its exciting story and target teenage demographic...Perhaps the show’s best technical aspect is its social media references...Bound to be a hit in New York this spring.” Full Review

Washington Blade

“’A high energy, Broadway-bound musical...Featuring a funny book by Fey, the same-titled show brings a lot of what’s best from the movie to the stage and proves there’s little this writer/actor can’t do...The score is an amalgam of old and new Broadway, hip hop and lots of rock...There are swell performances...What’s missing here is Cady’s intimate, first-person narration...The musical’s narration comes from Janis and Damian. It sets the story but little else.” Full Review

MD Theatre Guide

“For super-fans like myself, I’m happy to report that some of the classic lines are included...One of the things that makes the musical successful is that it does not shy away from breaking new ground...The strongest suit of the show is definitely the casting...The songs were catchy, expertly performed, and moved the story forward effectively...An enjoyable romp with heart, just enough of the original story with plenty of new life infused. In short, it’s just so fetch.” Full Review

DC Metro Theater Arts

"With excellent performances from some of Broadway’s hottest up-and-comers, great dance numbers, and flawless set design, this show delivers the goods and leaves audiences deeply satisfied...Fey’s book carries us seamlessly from one plot point to another with a lot of laughter and plenty of content from the original film...If there is one piece of this brilliant theatrical puzzle that could use some tweaking, it is Richmond’s music...As fun and frivolous a night as one can have at the theater." Full Review

The Writer's Bloc

"Full of hyper energy that you only get when you have a high school full of teenagers that spontaneously break into song and dance...Most of the show was comprised of similar musical numbers, with comparatively very little dialogue. The dialogue that did exist included wonderfully quippy comebacks and fast-paced jokes...By far the most impressive moment was watching Louderman belt out 'Watch the World Burn'...Louderman’s bold and impressive voice dominated the room." Full Review

See: Critics' Reviews | Members' Reviews
Avg Score

Funny, Intelligent, Entertaining, Fun, Crowd-pleasing

See it if you want to see a good example of a movie adaptation. The familiar material is all here but Tina Fey added some new jokes to update the show

Don't see it if you're not interested in a show about teenagers, or you didn’t care for the film—it’s still Mean Girls, after all.

Also Fans of Mean Girls should eat this up. Casual fans will probably enjoy... Read more Read less

Funny, Clever, Cliched, Entertaining, Loud

See it if You are a fan of the movie or Tina Fey , lively account of story with a uniformly strong cast

Don't see it if You are tired of hearing about the consequences of bullying

Also Not a member of the target audience , I was pleasantly surprised by ho... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Refreshing, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You loved the movie or any other fun teen movie. If you loved the musicals of Legally Blonde/Heathers. You want a fun night at the theatre

Don't see it if You didn’t like the movie. You want a serious night at the theater or a “mature” musical. You don’t like to have a good time.

Funny, Delightful, Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You’re looking for a fun, all-out singing and dancing show. Female lead cast is very good.

Don't see it if You won’t like a show about teenagers or a message about bullying and self-esteem wrapped up in the fun.

Also You don’t have to have seen the movie to enjoy this, nor do you have t... Read more Read less

Quirky, Relevant, Overrated, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You want to see some very fantastic performances created anew vs their movie counterparts. Ashley Park is phenomenal! Louderman is George!

Don't see it if You want to be blown away by the music. The music/lyrics are so dull. Every time they’d start singing/dancing in my head I would say “STOP!”

Derivative, Nostalgic, Soulless, Glossy

See it if Really, really fond of the movie. Would laugh at all the catch phrases. To worship at the altar of Kerry Butler, with also solid lead cast

Don't see it if Can't stand Casey Nicholaw hyperkinetic excess. Would miss the drier, earthier humor and emotion of the film.

Funny, Quirky, Confusing, Cliched, Fluffy

See it if you are looking for a "don't think about it too deeply" type of musical which may not make complete sense

Don't see it if you are looking for something fresh and new

Also I know this is "in development", that is why it is playing in DC befor... Read more Read less

Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like the movie, Tina Fey's writing or poppy musicals. It's true to the film and updated without trying too hard. Lots of funny jokes too

Don't see it if you felt "Legally Blonde" was too young for you.

Clever, Intelligent, Great writing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you love the movie, Tina Fey, and well-crafted musical comedies.

Don't see it if you did not like the movie or do not enjoy musical adaptations of popular films no matter how well written.

Also The cast, staging, and script are perfect. The score needs some rewrit... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You are a big fan of the movie. They stay true to it. Singing is fantastic. Bus scene is excellent. Karen was our favorite by far.

Don't see it if You don't understand the humor of Tina Fey. You want original songs to stand out...they don't. It needs work before Broadway.

Funny, Clever, Great singing, Silly, Sarcastic

See it if You loved or hated high school, you'll relate to the slightly over the top characterizations. Lots of fun & movie-lovers will enjoy!

Don't see it if You groan at song after song, especially ones that are fun but not especially tuneful.

Funny, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You liked the movie. A fun show with enjoyable music.

Don't see it if You hated the movie. You find the idea of a musical about high school boring.

Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining, Fetch

See it if You want to see caricatures from your high school come to life. The jokes are hysterical & relatable whether you've seen the movie or not.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy bright, candy-colored musicals with poppy tunes, à la Legally Blonde & Lysistrata Jones. You don't like PINK!

Must see, Great writing, Hilarious, Great singing, Great choreography

See it if you loved the original movie

Don't see it if you want a "serious" musical - this is all about fun

Also This show was amazing! They've updated the show to make it more modern... Read more Read less

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if If you want to laugh and enjoyed the movie, you'll love this

Don't see it if If you have no sense of humor or you don't like funny plays

Funny, Clever, Edgy, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if You like the movie! Overall good singing and lighting/stage effects. Also very similar to Book of Mormon.

Don't see it if You are looking for male leads. Also show was too long in spots and needs edits. Also some numbers are missing from the show.

Delightful, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of Mean Girls or other similar movies/shows. It’s a fun show that needs a few tweaks before moving to Broadway.

Don't see it if You are not interested in high school girl Drama type shows

Clever, Great writing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You have been craving a smart, heartfelt and genuinely good musical comedy. I haven’t laughed this hard at a show since Spamalot.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy some raunchy humor too. There’s some naughtiness in there making this show a PG13

Funny, Ambitious, Great writing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You're a fan of the movie, love fresh and energetic choreography, and want to see some new Broadway blood belt their faces off.

Don't see it if You don't care for the movie or want a really strong and memorable score

Also Tina's book is hysterical, the score is a little bland and needs to fi... Read more Read less

Funny, Entertaining, Fun, Almost there, In development for broadway

See it if You love the movie. It's a very good adaptation that is being tweaked and refined. Excellent performances by the cast esp.the "mean girls".

Don't see it if You want a romantic or dramatic musical. The show is a fun trip, and may still find its stand-out song or unique voice.

Funny, Delightful, Relevant

See it if You loved the movie. If you loved “Legally Blonde” or “Heathers”. Fun and interesting wordplay, hot cast, great staging and performances.

Don't see it if Don’t want to see a fun show with a great moral. Fun musical numbers. A throwback to high school...depending your age...

Funny, Great writing, Banal musical score

See it if If you are a fan of the movie and don't care that a musical has extremely banal, boring music.

Don't see it if If you don't like the movie, actresses with annoying vocal fry voices, and an extremely banal score.

Also For fans of the movie, the main plot points and many of the funny, cat... Read more Read less

Funny, Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Love funny fast paced shows with lots of dancing

Don't see it if You like slow moving serious shows

Clever, Hilarious, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want amazing choreography, loved the Mean Girls movie, want to see an amazing cast

Don't see it if You want a deep night of theatre

Must see, Great writing, Hilarious, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you are a fan of the movie. It kept true to the storyline and was just a fun show to watch! Absolutely LOVED it and already recommended it!

Don't see it if you have small children. Some of the themes are a bit mature and there is some adult language.