“Mean Girls” from Movie to Musical to Movie Musical! Tired Recycling or a New Age?

Mean Girls Broadway

Tina Fey is untouchable. The Beyonce of comedians. Not only did she master SNL, she went on to write a hit movie “Mean Girls”, star in her own sitcom “30 Rock”, star in hit movies, capture the national zeitgeist with her flawless portrayal of Sarah Palin, write one of the best selling biographies of the past 10 years, and then turned “Mean Girls” into a hit Broadway show. And now it’ll become a movie musical. Fetch?

Didn’t it use to be difficult to get funding for a musical? Now, suddenly, there’s an announcement seemingly everyday not only of a movie being turned into a Broadway show, but also the reverse.

I often sound cynical about these adaptations, but perhaps we’re going back to the 1930s through the 1960s when Broadway provided the material for movie musicals – even though they were often arrogantly drastically altered – and when songs from Broadway shows and cast albums ruled the music charts. A return to a golden age. Okay, not when a furball like “Cats” is coughed up, but “Chicago” yes, “Tootsie” yes, and hey, how about “Spring Awakening” yes yes?

In the meanwhile, here’s a taste of “Mean Girls” on Broadway.

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