Mean Girls the Musical is so Fetch

Our beloved Tina Fey has made good on her promise and turned the amazing 2004 movie Mean Girls into a musical. I was lucky enough to see it and let me just tell you … 

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(Although, spoiler, there is no song "Fetch." I'm sorry to tell you that, but I wanted you to be prepared.) The show is so much fun, hewing very closely to the movie's plot, with lots of shout-outs to favorite lines from the movie — October 3, Glen Coco, "I'm a Mouse, Duh," and more all got huge cheers from the super enthusiastic audience. (My one regret is that I didn't wear a "On Wednesdays We Wear Pink," T-shirt, like others in the crowd.) 

On Wednesdays, We Wear PINK
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True standouts were Damian, played by Grey Henson, and Regina George, played by Taylor Louderman. Damian sings his first song clutching a picture of George Michael, and that's when you'll realize it's going to be an amazing ride. The choreography — there's a lot of moving desks and dancing with lunch trays — is impressive, and the way the musical moves through the plot, which takes place over an entire school year, you'll remember, is quite a feat. The show clocked in at more than two-and-a-half hours.

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Lourderman's George was the real highlight for me. From the moment she came on stage, James Bond-style, the lead Plastic ruled the cast, making us all understand why she was HBIC. She even had a killer Trump/Twitter joke that brought the house down. (We were in Washington, DC, after all.) 

Regina forever, honestly
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Also astonishing was Kerry Butler, who played an amazing Ms. Norbury (aka Tina Fey's Mean Girls character — think about how stressful that audition must have been!)  and Regina's mom and Cady's mom. The character transformations were so flawless it was hard to tell the same actress was doing all three parts. And maybe I got a little teary when Butler sang a lovely ode to motherhood as Mrs. George.

The largest applause of the night was saved, however, for when Regina got hit by the bus. (I mean, we're past spoiler alerts at this point, correct?) Because the show is in its early days in DC before it heads to Broadway in March, there were kinks to be worked out — like when the bus caused a technical malfunction and the stage went dark. But who came out to assure us everything was all right but Tina Fey herself!

To celebrate all adaptations of Mean Girls, we have a copy of the novel adaption by Micol Ostow to give away. Enter below! US entries only, please. Good luck! 

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Mean Girls the Musical will be in Washington, DC, until December 3, and then is heading to Broadway in March of 2018. Tell Tina we say hi! The Mean Girls novel is out now! Digital copies start at $10.99, grab yours here: Amazon | B&N; | Google Play | Kobo | iBooks. For more YA news you can use, visit our Everything YA page.

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