The hit Broadway musical Mean Girls, written by Tina Fey, goes to the West End.
Based on the successful film with Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams, starring gangs of high school girls and gossip in and out of the classroom, the show – directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw (who already has the book by Mormon, Dreamgirls and Aladdin) walking around the city) – plans to open in the West End in the autumn of 2020.
"We're browsing around for a theater", a New York production manager told me.
London calling: The Broadway production of Mean Girls, adapted in response to the hit film from 2004
The show – directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw – wants to open in West End in the autumn of 2020
The hero Cady of the show arrives in the US after being educated at home by her zoologist parents in Africa.
Cady has been stunned by three conceited Alfa girls known as "The Plastics", who brought her somewhat reluctantly.
I saw the show at the August Wilson Theater on Broadway and felt like a fish out of the water – there were girls everywhere who were sitting with their parents, and during the interval I heard them reciting the lines and comparing the story that Fey wrote for the film with the book she wrote for the stage version.
It certainly is not aimed at me, but once I was relaxed, I liked it. It is smooth, shiny – and very funny. Fey adapted the story from the study of Rosalind Wiseman from 2002 Queen Bees & Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends & Other Realities of Adolescence survive.
The hero Cady of the show (far right) registers at an American school after being schooled home by her zoologist in Africa
Producers Lorne Michaels (who also produced the film) and Sonia Friedman check the schedules and ensure that their team prepares in 2020
However, she added many of her own observations, in particular how schoolgirls (and boys) use ostracism as a weapon.
The average pieces apart, the show is very cheerful, with a handful of numbers that you wow.
Producers Lorne Michaels (who also produced the film) and Sonia Friedman check the schedules and ensure that their team is in step by 2020.
There is no hint about casting, but I can imagine that the producers will not have too much trouble finding stars that are triple threats – capable of acting, singing and dancing. . . and speak with good American accents.
I can not wait to listen to a packed theater with & # 39; Fetch! & # 39; Or one of the other famous phrases from the film and show.
Beware of …
Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn, who excel as squabbling brothers in the white-hot black comedy True West by Sam Shepard.
When I walked into the Vaudeville Theater on Monday for a preview performance, one of the cast members was already on stage, sitting at a table pretending to work on a scenario.
Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn play bickering brothers in the black comedy True West
It took me a moment to realize that it was Harington: the hair was smoothed and had a weed mustache. He could hardly be seen as Austin, the man who borrowed the home of his growing mother to complete a scenario, but is interrupted by Lee, his unofficial friend of a sibling.
Lee is a burglar who only makes TV's and he is generally very stupid. But despite this he tries to assign his brother, Austin, to a film writing deal.
Director Matthew Dunster puts the drama on a higher level, so that the laugh really does land – and I had forgotten that there are belly people in True West. A very nice surprise.
Go, go, go Joseph! The great guy is coming back. A new production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will last twelve weeks from 26 June 2019 in the London Palladium.
Michael Harrison has been asked to produce the show. Lloyd Webber said it was high time for another production of Joseph & # 39; and he decided to hand it over to Harrison because he (as I wrote elsewhere) is busy with the Cats movie and with workshop projects at the Other Palace Theater in Westminster.
One of the highlights of the Olivier Awards show last April was a tribute to the musical Joseph, and I was amazed at how well the score and the texts have stood the test of time.
Harrison has not yet signed a director, but as soon as he does, they throw actors for Joseph, the pharaoh and the narrator. & # 39; Three fabulous pieces, & # 39; he said. Visit Josephthemusical.com for ticket details.