The Mean Girls Musical is Still Happening; Internet Breathes a Collective Sigh of Relief
Good News Everyone!
Remember how Tina Fey said that she was trying to get a Mean Girls musical made with her husband Jeff Richmond, who wrote the songs for 30 Rock? And then we didn’t hear anything else about it, because musicals aren’t exactly a quick thing to put together, and Tina Fey’s all busy with movies and the like?
Well, Mean Girls fans, gird your loins, because an intrepid reporter at Vulture cornered Richmond at the premiere for Fey’s new movie and grilled him about the musical. And yes, he and Fey are hard at work on it. He swears.
“It’s actually becoming a thing! We’re taking meetings with people; I’ve profiled Broadway folks, who are talking to us about it. It’s a long process—a year, two years, however long it might take. We watch Smash, so we know how it works!”
Richmond then went on to say that none of the musical has actually been written thus far (not so fetch), but that “It’s all just laid out structure-wise right now. That’s how early we are. Because you have to take a three-act structure and turn it into a two-act structure and start thinking about it like that, and we’re working! We’re working on it, okay?”
Okay, okay, geez, we believe you.
But what about the songs, Jeff? What about the songs?
“I think there will be a fair amount of songs to move the action forward, but because Tina’s dialogue in the movie is so funny, there will be a lot of room in there for that, for sure. We’re going to keep those jokes in there. ‘Fetch’ will be a song, for sure, absolutely. And it will probably reprise itself at some point, just so you know. Gretchen Wieners will have a song. That’s all I can say. But it is fun to think about who is going to get a song — like, Damian will have a couple of songs.”
Please tell me one of Damian’s songs will be “She Doesn’t Even Go Here,” please please please…