Musical Review: Mean Girls

Details: More information can be found at https://meangirlsonbroadway.com/#/?month=2018-07 and http://www.playbill.com/production/mean-girls-august-wilson-theatre-2017-2018

Score: 7/10

Mean Girls the musical is pretty much a scene by scene retelling of the 2004 movie of the same name, except with musical numbers. If you enjoyed the movie, then you’ll likely enjoy this show.

Mean Girls is about a girl named Cady. Cady just moved from Africa and transferred into an American high school. There she meets the Plastics, the coolest girls in school. With the aid of some new friends, Cady infiltrates and befriends the Plastics in hopes of tearing them down. And so we go on an adventure into the intricacies of social relationships among mean, teenage girls in high school.

Like Legally Blonde, Mean Girls follows its movie counterpart fairly accurately. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ve pretty much seen the musical minus the dancing and singing. It’s a lighthearted, fun show that is primarily a comedy. The songs are fun and mostly pop.

The standout performance for me was from Taylor Louderman who plays Regina, leader of the Plastics. I’ve seen her sing elsewhere and she generally has an adorable personality from what I can tell. Watching her turn into this bitchy bully was fun. Moreover, she’s got an amazing voice that gets to show itself off in a number of songs in the show.

Overall, this was a fun, fluffy, flimsy show. If you’re a fan of the movie, then you’ll likely like this movie. Do I think it deserves as many Tony nominations as it has? Well, when I think about other Tony Award winning musicals like Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Spring Awakening, etc., the answer is hell no this musical should not get any Tony Awards. Then again, it does seem to be a slow year for critically acclaimed musicals so who knows.

Score: 7/10

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