Two cult-favorite films are getting the musical theater treatment. Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion and Mean Girls are prepping to take the stage.
Tina Fey, who wrote the 2004 quotable comedy Mean Girls confirmed she has a hand in the forthcoming musical. At a New York Times hosted panel, Fey said, “My husband, [music supervisor] Jeff Richmond, and I [and lyricist] Nell Benjamin have been working on it.” Fey elaborated that they hope to have the “fetch” musical “out by the Mean Girls 15th anniversary,” in 2019.
And while they’re not yet in the casting phase, it’s safe to assume the original Mean Girls, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, and Lacey Chabert won’t be back as The Plastics. Speaking of the musical adaptation with Vulture last year, Fey stressed her desire to find new talent to fill the roles.
“I think we really want to find interesting people that no one has seen before. I don’t think I can say Audra McDonald will play Cady,” Fey joked. “Hopefully we’ll find a young person who, at this moment, is still in college but will be making her way to New York as we write. Still a fetus somewhere.”
Much closer to fruition is a staged musical of the 90’s comedy, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion. Originally starring blond bombshells Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow, the 1997 film followed two clueless fashionistas who journeyed back to face their own Mean Girls at their high school reunion.
This summer, actresses A.J. Michalka (The Goldbergs) and Stephanie Wall will take over as Romy and Michele, respectively.
Robin Schiff, who penned the original film, has completed the musical’s book, Entertainment Weekly reports. Gwendolyn Sanford and Brandon Jay, of Orange Is the New Black and Weeds composing fame, artfully scored music and lyrics for the play. Just like the film, audiences can look forward to an “’80s and ‘90s pop-rock-inspired score.” Helming the High School Reunion will be Rock of Ages director Kristin Hanggi and choreographer Kelly Devine.
Romy and Michele debuts June 8 in Seattle. We can only hope more cities ,and perhaps a Broadway bow, is in the cards!