‘Mean Girls’ review: Tina Fey low-pitched a Broadway crowd-pleaser
April 8, 2018 - Fifty Shades of Grey
Tina Fey’s new Broadway low-pitched “Mean Girls” delivers a fizzy blast that tickles a ears, eyes and humorous bone.
Based on Fey’s 2004 screenplay about a high propagandize loser-turned-queen-bee, “Mean Girls” is this season’s many expected to crowd-please.
That’s not a same as observant it’s a good low-pitched — though a uncover surprises and impresses. Especially deliberation how entirely a youth genre has been mined — and how informed a film that starred Lindsay Lohan as an susceptible fish out of H2O is.
Songs by composer Jeff Richmond (Fey’s husband) and lyricist Nell Benjamin (“Legally Blonde,” a musical) are easy-to-like and a large plus. The measure ranges from sharp-witted pop-rock to some-more soulful ballads.
Direction by Casey Nicholaw (“Aladdin,” “The Book of Mormon”), who’s fabricated an glorious cast, shines quite bright. His entertainment packs style, invention and Red Bull-force appetite that showcases a element to a max. Scenic pattern that creates intelligent use of video projections gives a uncover a seamless cinematic flow.
Fey’s book is true to a film and, naturally, preserves dear lines — like “fetch” and “On Wednesday we wear pink.” But she’s combined uninformed jokes and updates for a amicable media age as 16-year-old Cady (an appealing Erika Henningsen) goes from Africa (there’s a wily curtsy to “The Lion King”) to a Chicago high school.
Two loners, goth-y Janis (a bang-up Barrett Wilbert Weed) and Damian (Grey Henson, who’s fifty shades of great), described as “almost too happy to exist,” recount what they call “a cautionary tale.” The strain “Where Do You Belong?” sums adult what everybody wants to know.
Cady total that out by removing concerned with 3 meant girls, aka a Plastics, who are led by bloody Regina George. “I’m a large deal,” she belts. She gets no evidence from her supporters — uncertain Gretchen and low tuber Karen. Taylor Lauderman, Ashley Park and Kate Rockwell, respectively, are all superb in these pivotal roles.
Kerry Butler gets a shout-out for waggish triple avocation as Cady’s worldly mom, Regina’s inapt mom and a nerdy math teacher.
For all a pluses, a uncover has issues. Dance numbers, choreographed by Nicholaw, get repetitive. The book gets a bit choppy toward a finish and a integrate of songs, including one during a rough residence party, have small payoff. And a 2 1/4-hour using time — adult from a 97-minute film — creates we wish for some-more gaunt girls.
Still, Fey’s baby is a lot of fun. Where do we belong? “Mean Girls” is during home on Broadway.