Don’t get me wrong, I was inclined to like this show from the get-go. I have been known to wear pink on Wednesdays, unironically try to make “fetch” happen, and overuse memes saying “Get in, loser. We’re going [insert activity here].” That being said, the national tour of Mean Girls met all my expectations and more!
Based on Tina Fey’s 2004 movie of the same name, Mean Girls opened on Broadway in 2018, where it ran up until theaters went dark across New York in 2020. The show officially closed on Broadway in January of 2021. But the national tour lives on, bringing an updated take on the source material to a new generation of theatergoers. Thanks to Fey’s involvement, the musical retains the quick wit and snark we all loved in the movie, while the music and lyrics (provided by composer Jeff Richmond of 30 Rock and lyricist Nell Benjamin of Legally Blonde) resonate with heart and girl power.
If you’re not familiar with Mean Girls, the film or play, here’s the story that both follow. Cady Heron grew up on the African Savanna. It was an upbringing that left her “smart with math, but stupid with love.” And it also left her unprepared for the ways of the suburban jungle and high school food chain.
Her new friends Janis and Damian convince her to help them take down the Plastics, including apex predator Regina George. Cady learns the hard way that sometimes it’s all too easy to become that which you hate, and that in the end, being more of yourself is always better.
The set is comprised largely of LED screens, which allows for both impressive sceneries, but also the seamless addition of social media to the 2004 movie’s plot. The tech nerd in me found the pieces fascinating, and more information can be found on their use on the disguise website.
Mean Girls Atlanta Cast
As for the current cast, the show does a great job of giving everyone a personal spotlight moment. And each person in the national tour fills their moments with talent and enthusiasm. In particular, Lindsay Heather Pearce absolutely kills it as Janis Sarkisian. She showcases a powerhouse of a voice in two of my favorite numbers, “Apex Predator” and “I’d Rather Be Me.” (Yes, I’m still singing them today, albeit with admittedly a lot less skill!).
Mean Girls Atlanta Engagement
All in all, this show makes for a perfect besties’ night out! So grab something pink and get to the Fox! The Mean Girls Atlanta Premiere Engagement runs at the Fox Theatre from July 19th through 24th. Tickets are available at the Fox Theatre box office at 660 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30308, by visiting foxtheatre.org/meangirls or by calling (855)-285-8499. Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling the Fox Theatre at (855)-285-8499.