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What Made Mean Girls on Broadway “So Fetch”

About two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of seeing one of Broadway’s newest musicals, Mean Girls. This was only the second time I’ve ever seen a show on Broadway but it was the most surreal experience. My cousin and I actually won the ticket lottery and ended up in the front row. Then, his friend was in the ensemble and got us backstage after the show where I got to meet a decent amount of the cast! Here is a picture of myself and Aaron Samuels played by Kyle Selig!

To say this experience was “grool” would be an understatement. This experience alone was definitely one of the best I’ve had, regardless of what show it was. However, Mean Girls was an amazing show too which made it even more “fetch.”g ,mv 

 

The movie Mean Girls has become one of the most referenced figures in pop culture. In most cases, you meet someone who has not only seen the movie, but can quote it line for line. A vast majority of 90s and 2000s kids grew up with this movie. All of the iconic lines were written by Tina Fey and spoken by Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried. Not only is it hilarious, but it teaches a few lessons as well. Therefore, with a movie as iconic and loved as Mean Girls, it was hard to picture how anyone could re-imagine or recreate it into a musical. However, Broadway did it.

Walking into the August Wilson Theater, I wondered how this version of Mean Girls was going to be. How Different would it be from the movie? Would it take place the same time as the movie or would they modernize it? Would it be as funny? I had faith since Tina Fey was involved but was still curious. Without giving too much away, the play went completely over my expectations. Honestly, I thought it was better than the movie. Most of the same characters and lines we all know and love were there. One thing that I loved is that the secondary characters like Damien and Karen had much bigger roles and influences in the play than in the movie. Something else that was “fetch” about the play was that since it came out 14 years after the movie, they modernized the story. Social Media was a part of it and there were even Memes!!! Perhaps the greatest difference from the musical and the movie is that the musical has an even deeper meaning. It still had the same message of girls coming together vs tearing each other down but the musical is a powerful and beautiful promotion of feminism and equality.

 

Like I said, I do not want to give too much away, but I highly recommend this show. Whether you love the movie or not, you should see it if you can. It’s not a regular musical, it’s a cool musical.

Jacqueline O'Rourke

Sacred Heart '21

Sacred Heart student from Mass, sharing my interests and thoughts with others on Her Campus :) 
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