Mean Girls (Washington D.C.)
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Mean Girls (Washington D.C.) Reviews and Tickets

83%
(84 Reviews)
Positive
94%
Mixed
5%
Negative
1%
Members say
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Clever, Hilarious

About the Show

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.

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Member Reviews (84)

90
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Cliched, 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 Read more

79
Delightful, Enchanting, Fluffy, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if Kerry Butler and Kate Rockwell shined in the pre-Broadway tryout in DC; imaginative staging by Nicholaw

Don't see it if Score is servicable and fun but not memorable; no surprises for fans of the film

Critic Reviews (11)

November 19th, 2017

"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."
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November 19th, 2017

"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."
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November 19th, 2017

"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."
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November 21st, 2017

“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.”
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November 20th, 2017

"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."
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November 21st, 2017

“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."
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November 29th, 2017

"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.”
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November 23rd, 2017

“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.”
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November 22nd, 2017

"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."
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November 21st, 2017

"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."
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November 24th, 2017

“’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.”
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