Mean Girls Broadway

By Baneesha Mukherjee on February 16, 2019

The number one comedy teen movie is back, and is better than people have never seen it before. Mean Girls came onto Broadway starting April 2018 and has continued to be a success, more successful than Legally Blonde: the Musical. It even came with its original soundtrack. While some parts from the original movie were still intact, there have been a lot of changes.

Since the release of social networking apps like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, the characters Janis and Damian have introduced a new segment to the musical titled “The Power of Social Media”, a segment indicating the movie characters’ involvement in social media and its drastic effects on the audience as well as each other. In addition, the release of iPhones, Emoji pillows, and Starbucks cafeterias have replaced all of the elements that were featured in the original Mean Girls movie such as four-way telephone calls from homes. The scene where Cady talks about her crush on Aaron Samuels now takes place inside the mall rather than the school cafeteria because it portrays an image on where teens like to hang out outside school. The supporting ensemble appears on stage while carrying their smartphones reading the latest comments made on social media sites out loud to the audience. Also, Cady sends a text message to Aaron saying Regina is cheating on him.

All of these changes are taking place to make room for the musical numbers. The writer of the musical, Tina Fey, tried to shorten the scenes from the original movie so it won’t be too long; she feels it is best if most scenes are combined into one. There’s a scene where Regina’s mom finds Regina on a treadmill at home and tells her the truth about the Kalteen Bars, a scene not included in the movie. An extra scene where Cady and Regina talk inside the school bathroom on the night of Spring Fling is also added to show how both girls obtain a mutual respect and hate for each other.

The musical has become an attraction to teens everywhere since Mean Girls has become so popular. Hope everyone is enjoying the show, but beware: don’t be fooled by the PINK.

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