‘Mean Girls’ Won’t Return to Broadway
The coronavirus pandemic sparked another Broadway show: “Mean Girls”.
The musical’s producers, led by Saturday Night Live’s Lorne Michaels, announced Thursday that they would not try to reopen in New York once the pandemic subsides. However, the producers plan to restart the show’s national tour.
The show marks the fourth Broadway closure to be triggered by the pandemic: Disney announced last spring that it would not reopen “Frozen” and the producers of two plays featured in the previews were Martin McDonagh’s “Hangmen “and a revival of Edward Albee’s” Who’s “Afraid of Virginia Woolf? “He decided not to wait for the shutdown at all.
The Mean Girls shutdown was triggered by the cost of maintaining production at dark theaters. Broadway has been closed since last March, and it’s likely that most shows won’t return until the fall or later.
The musical, adapted from a 2004 film, contains a book by Tina Fey; Music by Jeff Richmond, who is married to Fey; Texts by Nell Benjamin; and directed by Casey Nicholaw.
It opened in 2018 and was a hit that made up for its $ 17 million capitalization cost and grossed $ 124 million over 834 performances according to production. But it didn’t win any of the 12 Tony Awards it was nominated for, and its weekly box office had softened over time.
The Mean Girls national tour began in Buffalo in 2019, and a production in London that was in the works before the pandemic is still planned, according to Michaels. Paramount Pictures announced last January that it would produce a film version of the stage musical produced by Michaels and Fey.