Mean Girls is a musical with music by Jeff Richmond, lyrics by Nell Benjamin, and a book by Tina Fey. The show is based on the 2004 film of the same name, which was also written by Fey. It premiered at the National Theatre in November 2017, and later transferred to Broadway at the August Wilson Theatre in April 2018.
The plot of Mean Girls revolves around teenager, Cady Heron, who was educated in Africa by her scientist parents. When her family moves to the suburbs of Illinois, Cady finally gets to experience public school and gets a quick primer on the cruel, tacit laws of popularity that divide her fellow students into tightly knit cliques. She unwittingly finds herself in the good graces of an elite group of cool students dubbed "the Plastics," but Cady soon realizes how her shallow group of new friends earned this nickname.
The show played its final performance on March 10th, 2020, and will not re-open when Broadway returns after a year-long shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
History with the Macy's Parade
The cast of Mean Girls made their first-ever Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade appearance in 2018, with show writer Tina Fey appearing on the NBC telecast discussing the origins and her excitement for the show. Following Fey's interview, the cast performed a rendition of the show's act one finale, "Fearless", where Cady (Erika Henningsen) stands up to her arch-nemisis, Regina (Taylor Louderman); banning her from sitting at their table, leading to everyone feeling relieved to be relived from Regina's rule.
The following year, the cast of Mean Girls appeared on the CBS telecast of the Parade, performing "Where Do You Belong?", where fellow classmates Janis (Barrett-Wilbert Weed) and Damian (Grey Henson) decide to help Cady as she tries to find her social group.
The cast of Mean Girls once again performed on NBC's telecast of the re-imagined 2020 Parade, after more than 7 months of a shutdown that will keep Broadway dark until at least June 2021. The show's segment was filmed in mid-November 2020, outside of Broadway's Richard Rogers Theatre and Imperial Theatre. For the special appearance, the company performed a rendition of the musical number, "Somebody Gets Hurt".