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Mean Girls the musical is coming to San Francisco!

Mean Girls on Broadway
Photograph: Courtesy Joan Marcus

We’re not going to say its “fetch” but here’s some pretty grool news—Mean Girls the Musical is coming to San Francisco the summer of 2020. SHN just announced that the Broadway show, based on Tina Fey’s cult movie, will be a highlight of their upcoming season.

The original movie, starring Lindsey Lohan came out nearly 15 years ago but, girl world hasn’t changed a ton. The story of Regina George and the Plastics and the new girl who upstages the queen bee still resonates.

Tina Fey based the Broadway production on her screenplay for the film, which itself was based on Rosalind Weisman’s 2003 non-fiction book, Queen Bees and Wannabees. The sociological tell-all presents an alarming picture of teen tyrants and friendships poisoned by social hierarchies and stealth competition. For Tina Fey, the material screamed out hit comedy.

Fey wrote the book for the musical and her husband, three-time Emmy-Award-winner Jeff Richmond wrote the music. Nell Benjamin, who wrote the lyrics for Legally Blonde the Musical, wrote the show’s lyrics. If Fey’s ability to spot teen comedy in Weisman’s parent-coaching was inspired, the next step, making it a musical, was a natural, according to the show’s lyricist Nell Benjamin. “High School is an inherently dramatic time, right?” she said. “The feelings are larger than life and they take over your body in the same way that in the traditional musical a song takes over your body.” In other words, intense teen emotions are perfectly matched to singing your heart out.

Current 2018-2019 SHN full season and mini-plan members will be first in line to guarantee their seats when they renew for the complete 2019-2020 season. Tickets will be released at a TBA date. In the meantime, read our review of the Broadway show here.