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Mean Girls - What We Know So Far About The Paramount+ Musical Adaptation

The limit does not exist for "Mean Girls" or the history behind it you might not know about. The musical adaptation of the 2004 hit comedy about navigating the social waters of high school is heading to the big screen and Paramount+. The movie version of the musical comes a few years after the show ended its Broadway run at the August Wilson Theatre, which began in 2018 and ended in March 2020 (via Playbill). While on Broadway, the show garnered 12 Tony Nominations in 2018, including best musical and best original score.

Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried, Daniel Franzese, and Tina Fey are just a few of the well-known names that come to mind when thinking about "Mean Girls." While the core 2004 cast is not set to reprise their roles in the musical film, there are a few familiar faces returning to North Shore High School behind the scenes. Here's what we know so far about the "Mean Girls" musical movie.

When will the Mean Girls musical be released?

It is not yet known when the "Mean Girls" musical will be heading to theaters or Paramount+. However, "Mean Girls" fans know they should never rule out October 3, which holds a special place in fans' hearts due to that iconic line in the original film. The show's producers announced the musical's film adaptation in January 2020 (via Variety). In response to the big announcement, producer Lorne Michaels told Variety, "It has been a joy to work on 'Mean Girls' and to watch it go from film to musical, and now to musical film ..."

While fans wait for the musical's big-screen and streaming debut, they may be able to catch the production's North American Tour or listen to the show's soundtrack, which features the original Broadway cast. According to Playbill, some may even be able to catch a high school production of the musical. Music Theater International recently announced that accredited K-12 schools in the United States and Canada could license a high school version, but it's only for a limited time.

What is the plot of the Mean Girls musical?

The Broadway staging of the "Mean Girls" musical mirrors the same plot as the original movie but with a few tweaks. The 2004 film starred Lindsay Lohan (whose latest holiday flick features a "Mean Girls" throwback) as Cady Heron, a homeschooler who relocates from Africa to Illinois, where she enrolls in North Shore High School. There, she's introduced to Dameon (Daniel Franzese) and Janis (Lizzy Caplan). The three work together to take down the Plastics; a clique made up of Gretchen Wieners (Lacey Chabert), Karen Smith (Amanda Seyfried), and queen bee Regina George (Rachel McAdams). But Cady's temporary induction into the Plastics goes awry when she turns into one.

Tina Fey wrote the musical's script, and in an interview with Today, she talked about some of the changes she made. "We had to include social media, and a lot of people were like, 'Well, you have to have it be all about social media.' And I was like, 'Well, it is about the humans doing this to each other.' So people use social media but at the same time ..." Fey said she also consulted a focus group of teenage girls regarding the use of social media in the musical. "And one of them said to me ..., 'please don't think you have to put a bunch of social media in it for us to get it. Like, we live it, we get it.'"

Who is starring in the Mean Girls musical?

While a movie version of the musical was announced in 2020, the naming of the cast was just announced in December 2022. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the cast includes Auli'i Cravalho and Angourie Rice, along with Broadway veterans Reneé Rapp and Jaquel Spivey.

Cravalho plays Janice Ian, and she is no stranger to musicals. She is known for voicing the title role in Disney's 2016 hit "Moana" and singing the film's famous song "How Far I'll Go," which she performed during the Academy Awards in 2017 (via The Hollywood Reporter).

Rice plays Cady Heron. Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will recognize her as Betty in the most recent "Spider-Man" films. Rice also recently starred alongside "Stranger Things'" Gaten Matarazzo in the comedy "Honor Society," and she played a younger version of Rebel Wilson's Stephanie Conway in the Netflix film "Senior Year."

Damien will be played by Spivey, who has received plenty of buzz and a Tony nomination for his work as Usher, the starring role in the Broadway hit "A Strange Loop." According to Yahoo! News, the "Mean Girls" movie musical is his first role in a feature film.

Meanwhile, Rapp will play Regina George, a role she also played during the musical's Broadway run. "It's gonna be a very exciting, authentic take on what 'Mean Girls' is and what 'Mean Girls' means to us as kids," she told Entertainment Tonight when discussing her involvement in the upcoming film.

Who is writing and producing the Mean Girls musical?

Veteran Tina Fey is luckily returning for this next exciting phase in the "Mean Girls" universe. While Fey is well-known for playing Cady's wise math teacher, Ms. Norbury, in the original 2004 flick, she also has pitched in with many behind-the-scenes tasks for both ventures. Fey wrote the original script for the movie based on Rosalind Wiseman's self-help book, "Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World" and is slated to both write and produce the musical version alongside her fellow "Saturday Night Live" and "Mean Girls" alum, Lorne Michaels. In a statement reported by Variety in 2020, Fey said of the now franchise, "I'm very excited to bring 'Mean Girls' back to the big screen. It's been incredibly gratifying to how much the movie and the musical have meant to these audiences ..."