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Mean Girls has concluded its run on Broadway due to the COVID-19 pandemic and continued industry-wide shutdown of entertainment venues.
The stage production, which features a book by Tina Fey and is based on her screenplay for the 2004 original comedy film version, will not reopen. Produced by Saturday Night Live veteran Lorne Michaels, the production grossed $124.2 million on Broadway during its run, with 980,469 total admissions. It played 804 regular performances and 29 previews at the August Wilson Theatre.
Three-time Emmy winner and Tony nominee Jeff Richmond provided the music, while lyrics came from two-time Tony nominee Nell Benjamin. Helming the production as director and choreographer was Tony winner Casey Nicholaw, who has now signed on to direct the feature adaptation of Monty Python’s Spamalot.
Following a five-week world premiere at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C., in 2017, Mean Girls opened on Broadway in April 2018. During its first year, the show played to capacity houses and was still doing well in early March 2020 before the COVID-related shutdowns. Its final performance took place on March 11.
“Thank you to the brilliant creative team, cast and crew that brought Mean Girls to life from our first reading to final performance,” said Michaels in a statement on Thursday. “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 theaters can open their doors again.”
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.”
Looking forward, the Mean Girls North American tour does plan to relaunch this summer.
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