Images & Article by Sierra Zaccagnino
Mean Girls” Takes on Broadway and It Is Totally Fetch!
Everyone loves “Mean Girls”, the original movie about friendships, identity, betrayal, and all high school drama. Well now, you can see the story unfold on the big Broadway stage with an incredible cast. Although not every detail of the movie is seen in this new production, the main story, and even a few iconic lines, are still included. The show had a difficult task of adapting such a classic movie into a real musical. However, not only did the musical do justice to the original picture, but it also brought a whole new level of entertainment and excitement to the story.
There are multiple high-energy and dramatic musical numbers throughout the show such as “Apex Predator”, “Stop”, “Revenge Party”, and more. The songs in this show add an excitement factor to the production and give the audience a deeper sense of each character. Since this musical involves real people acting as the characters we all know and love, it shows more dimensions and layers of each character. This includes characters that maybe aren’t as highlighted in the movie as they deserve to be, such as Regina’s friend group of Gretchen and Karen. The audience learns more about Gretchen’s own personal troubles in her number “What’s Wrong with Me?”, and we get to see another side of Karen in her own song. Some other great numbers are Janice’s song “I’d Rather Be Me”, and Regina’s “World Burn”. Overall, the entire soundtrack of this new musical is worth listening to, even if you haven’t seen the show yet!
Recently in many Broadway musicals and plays, technology has made a greater appearance in the themes of shows and in the overall set designs. In Mean Girls the Broadway musical, most of the backdrops are created from digital images that create very realistic scenes. Everything from cafeterias, to school hallways, to house parties, is easily generated in an instant. This new use of technology also allows for more space on the stage, and therefore more room for elaborate dance and musical numbers (which are abundant in this show!). Given that these innovations have led to great results, it would not be surprising if other new shows started to use this idea for set designs as well.
If you still have doubts about the production of Mean Girls on Broadway, just look at any other review online. Critics everywhere love this new musical, and you will too! The soundtrack is fantastic in emphasizing every character, the set design brings a unique approach to the musical, and each character is so perfectly cast that you may even find yourself rooting for Regina George sometimes. So, get out and go see Mean Girls on Broadway if you want to see a lively and sensational new hit!