30 Rock is about to reach the end of its seven-year run on NBC, and it’s never been a more stressful time to be a fan of Tina Fey. After all, the actress/writer/comedienne extraordinaire has been on weekly television for over a decade, and her film career hasn’t exactly cemented her status as a financially viable big screen leading lady (yet).
In fact, Fey’s greatest cinematic success thus far, it seems, is the 2004 Lindsay Lohan comedy Mean Girls, which she wrote and co-starred in. That film earned $129 million at the worldwide box office and currently boasts 83% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. It should be no surprise then that Fey is turning back to The Plastics for her latest project.
According to E! Online, Fey is aiming to bring Mean Girls back to Broadway as a musical. Here’s what she had to say when asked about the project:
“Maybe! We want to. I would love to. I’m trying to develop it with my husband [Jeff Richmond], who does all the music for ’30 Rock,’ and I think Paramount’s onboard.”
Fey even joked that Mariah Carey, who recently engaged in an argument with fellow American Idol judge Nicki Minaj about Mean Girls, could take part in the musical.
“I loved it! And I think Mariah won. Like, Mariah seemed to really know all the characters. Maybe she can play Amy Poehler’s part in the musical!”
The role in question, for those who haven’t seen the film, is that of the track suit-wearing mother of queen bee Regina George (Rachel McAdams).
The concept of a Mean Girls musical actually makes a lot of sense. The film is still considered one of the most beloved teen comedies in recent years, and ever since Grease, high school has been the perfect setting for characters to burst into song. The Broadway musical version of Hairspray also proved that such a project could attract top talent and draw an audience. So why not Mean Girls?
Do you think a Mean Girls musical could work, Screen Rant readers? Let us know in the comments.
Fey’s next project (following this week’s finale of 30 Rock) is the film Admission, which hits theaters March 8. We’ll keep you posted on the Mean Girls musical as this story develops. In the meantime, fans can always enjoy the film’s holiday-themed musical number:
Source: E! Online