Pandemic Ends Broadway Run For Mean Girls

Credit: Joan Marcus

Amid continued industry-wide entertainment venue shutdowns due to the Coronavirus pandemic, hit Broadway show Mean Girls has officially concluded its run.

The stage production features a book by author Tina Fey, and is based on her original screenplay for the 2004 comedy film version. The stage show had its five week world premiere at the National Theatre in Washington DC in 2017, then opened on Broadway in April of 2018.

During the first year Mean Girls played to sold-out houses, and during its two year run it gained more than 950,000 admissions. It played 29 previews and 804 regular performances, grossing over $124.2 million during the run at Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre.

It was still gaining good audiences when the first shutdown hit in early March 2020. The show’s last performance was March 11th. Because of the ongoing situation, with continued disruption in the entertainment industry and more venues closing, it has now been decided that the show will not reopen.

The show was produced by Saturday Night Live veteran Lorne Michaels, while multi-Emmy-winner and Tony nominee Jeff Richmond provided the score, and Tony nominee Nell Benjamin provided the lyrics.

Tony winning director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw helmed the production. He has now signed on to take the helm of the screen version of Monty Python’s Holy Grail ‘spinoff’ Spamalot.

Yesterday in a joint statement Lorne Michaels and Tina Fey thanked everyone involved.

“Thank you to the brilliant creative team, cast and crew that brought Mean Girls to life from our first reading to the final performance,” Michaels said. “We remain excited to bring this musical to the big screen, relaunch the tour, and prepare for a London production. I look forward to the day, hopefully soon, when theatres can open their doors again.”

Tina Fey added, “The chance to bring this show to Broadway, with such a talented young ensemble and five astounding female leads, has been a dream come true. And to our fierce and dedicated fans – the limit of our gratitude does not exist.”

For now, the plan for the show’s North American tour starting this summer is still extant, but will obviously be dependent on the progress of bringing the COVID-19 pandemic under control.

Carolyn Hucker