Might we soon be welcoming Cady Heron to the Great White Way?
“Mean Girls,” the 2004 big-screen for which Tina Fey wrote the screenplay (based upon the 2002 book Queen Bees and Wannabees by Rosalind Wiseman), might be on its way to the stage, with an eye on the Broadway.
"Maybe! We want to. I would love to," Fey told E! News' Giuliana Rancic at the SAG Awards on Sunday. "I'm trying to develop it with my husband [Jeff Richmond], who does all the music for 30 Rock and I think Paramount's onboard." Fey also told E! that she loved the recent “Mean Girls” spat on “American Idol” had a suggestion for Mariah Carey, "Maybe she can play Amy Poehler’s part in the musical."
The now-classic Mark Waters-directed comedy starred Lindsay Lohan and Fey, and was the breakthrough film for Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, and Lizzy Caplan. Seyfried recently called her work in “Mean Girls” her “best work” ever. "I was so innocent. I was so green," Seyfried told Indiewire at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. "I look back and I'm like, 'Really, I thought I was doing a terrible job.' But it was written so well and so wonderfully directed. Mark Waters [the director] made me look good; he made me funny. And Tina Fey wrote the coolest script of all time. I'm so grateful for every experience."
omg! caught up with Jonathan Bennett, who played Lohan's super handsome love interest, Aaron Samuels, in "Mean Girls," and thinks the musical is a great idea. "With Tina behind this production, there's no doubt in my mind its going to be amazing," Bennett says. "She's brilliant. I just wonder how they are going to hit Regina George with a bus."
Fey went out on top last night as she and “30 Rock” co-star Alec Baldwin took home SAG’s top comedy acting honors, just days before their show’s series finale.
Films that have been converted into musicals – a popular trend for years, but especially so over the past decade – have a mixed success rate. For every huge hit, like “Hairspary” and “The Producers,” there’s a show that doesn’t hit big, such as “The Wedding Singer” or “Legally Blonde” (both of which had moderate success, but didn’t go on to become blockbusters). Last season’s “Ghost: The Musical” flopped on Broadway, although it was a hit in the U.K. “Bring It On: The Musical” toured last season nationally before having a successful limited run on Broadway. Up next this year are musicals based on the films “Kinky Boots,” “Cinderella,” “Flashdance,” “Diner,” “Big Fish,” and “Aladdin.”
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