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‘Mean Girls’ heading to Broadway as a musical

The “Mean Girls” movie starred (from left) Lacey Chabert, Rachel McAdams, Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Seyfried.
The “Mean Girls” movie starred (from left) Lacey Chabert, Rachel McAdams, Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Seyfried.

Yes, the rumors are true. A “Mean Girls” musical is in the works.

That’s so fetch!

Tina Fey, who penned the 2004 movie starring Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams, confirmed as much to Andy Cohen on his late night Bravo talk show “Watch What Happens Live.” The “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” star is writing the stage adaptation with her husband, composer Jeff Richmond.

The plot? Not finished yet.

“But it’s close — yes, pretty close” to her Paramount film that grossed $129 million worldwide.

Well, not that close. Fey told Cohen she will not reprise her role as high school math teacher Ms. Norbury, preferring instead “a professional Broadway person.” And, no, she hasn’t contacted any of the stars of the movie to ask them to return to play sweet Cady Heron or mean queen bee Regina George.

So what can we expect from a Tina Fey play?

Think classic Broadway-style music, she said, instead of the more pop-driven tunes found in productions such as “Bring It On: The Musical.”

But she doesn’t have everything figured out.

“What would be the 11 o’clock number?” Cohen asked, using the stage term for the show-stopper near the end of an act. “Regina George getting hit by a bus?”

“Yeah, that’s one of the things that has been challenging … to figure out where does Act 1 end,” Fey said. “The 11 o’clock number is maybe … the girl fight? We don’t know yet.”

“And when would you guesstimate it would premiere?” Cohen asked?

“2027” a smiling Fey joked. “Whenever ‘Hamilton’ closes. I’m going to wait it out.”

James A. Fussell: 816-234-4460, @jamesafussell

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