For years, people have been clamoring for a Mean Girls musical. And it now looks like one is finally on its way.
“I’m going to say it’s like 60 percent written, and it’s being staffed creatively,” composer Jeff Richmond tells Yahoo. As you may know, Richmond is Tina Fey’s husband and longtime collaborator. He’s written music for Saturday Night Live, Fey and Amy Poehler’s Baby Mama, and 30 Rock.
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He also has been working on Netflix’s new comedy, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which he attributes to the delay in the musical. “We are looking to do some actual solid readings coming around this summer,” he reveals. “The Kimmy Schmidt thing took a lot more time than we all thought, so it slowed some Mean Girls stuff down.”
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The musical has been in development now for a few years. Tony Award-nominated lyricist Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde) has been working with Fey and Richmond since 2013. "We are trying to meet periodically; we're not on any kind of time deadline at the moment," Benjamin told Playbill. "We've been meeting and working on song ideas and outline ideas.”
Well, we finally have progress!
If a musical version is too hard to imagine, then try to picture a Housewives-themed sequel: