Jan 14th, 2019
Please note that this review was written about the original Broadway production.
Tina Fey's acclaimed film Mean Girls has been a huge hit on Broadway in this new HYSTERICAL musical adaptation! The story compares life in high school with that of animals trying to survive in the wild. Essentially, life is brutal and one must either claim their territory or be small and quick enough to appear invisible. Having grown up in South Africa and been lucky enough to witness the circle of life in the wild I am a huge fan of this quirky film and was very excited to see the production! With a book by the incredibly talented Fey, and direction and choreography by Book of Mormon's Casey Nicholaw, can you really go wrong? These two story-tellers have a distinct sense of humor and knack for making fun of the absurd. Nicholaw has managed to capture the essence of Fey in EVERY part of this production, you feel her sardonic wit in every beat and every line. Of course, Nell Benjamin's lyrics along with Jeff Richmond's music and vocal arrangements are worth mentioning as they all fit perfectly and could not stand alone - like a Plastic's boob in a push up bra. Perky, petrifying and desperately comical!
This new musical allows us to laugh at the harsh realities of fitting in and surviving the most awkward years of our life! Fey has smartly flipped this world upside down by plotting the ultimate "revenge party" for the bully - which then allows everyone to realize revenge is nasty too and we should probably all get along - whether you're in high school or the outside world!
Scott Pask has created a simple set design with a panoramic screen that smartly encapsulates the youth and represents the over powering digital presence and extended bullying platform! Having seen the looming presence of screens in these productions aimed at youth (Dear Evan Hansen, Be More Chill) one can only imagine how much tougher high school must be these days!
Be sure to get your tickets and don't forget - on Wednesdays we wear pink!
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