‘Mean Girls’ to kick off national tour at ASU Gammage in fall

The North American tour of the smash-hit musical “Mean Girls” will relaunch this November following an 85-week hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The record-breaking musical will resume performances with a one-week engagement at ASU Gammage from Nov. 2–7, 2021.

“The entire ‘Mean Girls’ company is eager to hit the road in November and once again share our show with audiences across North America,” said Lorne Michaels, the producer of “Mean Girls” and executive producer of “Saturday Night Live.” “And to all of our fans who have shared their enthusiasm over the past year, we can’t wait to welcome you back.”

“Mean Girls” opened on Broadway in April 2018 to rave reviews at the August Wilson Theatre, following its world premiere at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C., in fall 2017. The North American tour of “Mean Girls” opened in September 2019 at Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, New York, playing to sold-out audiences across the country before performances were suspended in March 2020. The Broadway production announced in January that it would not return following the pandemic.

“Reopening Broadway on the road is an honor and a responsibility because there’s so much work that has to be done,” said Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, vice president for cultural affairs and executive director of ASU Gammage. “There’s also the excitement of having something fun to experience again and ‘Mean Girls’ is full of fun. It says it’s time to get back into the theater; it’s time to laugh again and poke fun at ourselves. And I might wear pink all week.”

Produced for the stage by Lorne Michaels, Stuart Thompson, Sonia Friedman and Paramount Pictures, “Mean Girls” features a book by nine-time Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Tina Fey, based on her screenplay for the film, music by three-time Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Jeff Richmond and lyrics by two-time Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin. Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw directs and choreographs the stage production.

Earlier this year, “Mean Girls” announced plans for the musical to be adapted to a major motion picture from Paramount Pictures, as well as finalizing discussions for the show to bow in London’s West End.

Lauren Fountain
lfounta1@asu.edu