That’s So Fetch! Tina Fey’s ‘Mean Girls’ Musical 60 Percent Written
“Raise your hand if you’ve ever been personally victimized by Regina George.” The cult classic Mean Girls, which had it’s tenth anniversary last year, written by Tina Fey, is finally being turned into a Broadway musical, and it’s about 60 percent written, says Fey’s husband, and composer, Jeff Richmond.
That’s right, the movie that coined the terms “frenemy,” and “fetch” is officially returning as a musical, hopefully before its fifteenth anniversary, says Fey.
In 2013, Tina gave all Mean Girls fans a glimmer of hope when she revealed to reporters at the SAG Awards that she would be writing a Broadway musical based on the popular coming-of-age movie. The musical, however, was put on the back burner while Tina worked on her new Netflix comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Richmond explained in an interview with Yahoo! TV.
“There’s been quite a lot of progress on it. Here’s what I can tell you: We’ve been writing with… Nell Benjamin of Legally Blonde fame, she’s working with us as a lyricist. We’ve been working for a long time now. I’m going to say it’s like 60 percent written, and it’s being staffed creatively… We are looking to do some actual solid readings coming around this summer. The Kimmy Schmidt thing took a lot more time than we all thought, so it slowed some Mean Girls stuff down.”
He also revealed that there will be song called “Old Blonde Song,” sung by Regina’s mother, who was spectacularly played by Amy Poehler in the Mean Girls movie. In 2013, Richmond told Vulture in an interview that a song based on Gretchen Weiners’ (played by Lacey Chabert in the film) infamous word “fetch” was definitely in the works.
“That one is not written yet, but it certainly deserves attention before we get too much further,” he said, but sadly, he told Yahoo! TV that a “Fetch” song is no longer in the cards. Yahoo!’s Kristen Baldwin posed the question “Is there a number called “Fetch”?,” to which Richmond replied “That does not exist yet. I don’t think it will.”
Though casting has not yet begun for the musical, it would be the dream of all Mean Girls fans if the original cast of Lindsay Lohan (who played new girl Cady Heron), Rachel McAdams (leader of the “plastics”, Regina George), Lacey Chabert (perpetual follower Gretchen Wieners), and Amanda Seyfried (airhead Karen Smith) decided to reprise their roles in the musical. There is still no word on whether Fey will return as hilarious math teacher Ms. Norbury, or Amy Poehler as wanna-be-cool-mom Mrs. George.
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