MEAN GIRLS Musical to Get Workshops This Summer, Fall; Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond Looking for Fresh Talent
Vulture interviewed Tina Fey and her husband, composer Jeff Richmond, at last night's Jazz at Lincoln Center gala and learned some juicy details about the upcoming MEAN GIRLS musical. The comedy film celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and Fey and Richmond said they're hoping MEAN GIRLS will hit the stage in time for -- or ahead of -- its 15th anniversary.
In the meantime, the duo is planning on conducting workshops and readings this summer and fall.
As far as casting goes, don't expect Lindsay Lohan to be treading the boards.
"I think we really want to find interesting people that no one has seen before. I don't think I can say Audra McDonald will play Cady," Fey said, joking.
Richmond added, "I bet that we could try to get somebody deliciously unknown to jump into that role...It feels like you would want to go out and find the new Andrea McArdle, like they did with ANNIE."
MEAN GIRLS was released in 2004, written by Fey, and directed by Mark Waters. The film follows the new girl in town, Cady Heron, and her attempt to navigate the cliques of high school, including 'The Plastics,' led by Regina George. The film starred Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried (in her film debut), and featured Fey. The film was a box office success, grossing $129,042,871 worldwide.
Fey is executive producer, head writer and star of NBC's three-time (2007, 2008, 2009) Emmy Award-winning, one-of-a-kind comedy series "30 Rock." Her performance as 'Liz Lemon' earned her an Emmy, two Golden Globes, three SAG Awards and a People's Choice Award. In 2009, "30 Rock" was nominated for a record 22 Emmy Awards, the most ever of any comedy series on television in a single season.
Prior to creating "30 Rock," Fey completed nine seasons on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" with roles as head writer, cast member and co-anchor of the "Weekend Update" segment. Fey is an Emmy winner and two-time Writers Guild Award winner for her writing on "Saturday Night Live" and won an Emmy in 2009 for Guest Appearance by an Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of Sarah Palin on the 2008-09 season of "SNL."
Fey expanded to feature films in spring 2004 as both a screenwriter and an actress in the hit comedy "Mean Girls," which earned her a nomination for a Writers Guild Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. On the big screen, Fey starred opposite Poehler in the film "Baby Mama" for Universal Pictures. In 2010, Fey starred in the 20th Century Fox's film "Date Night" opposite Steve Carell and was a featured voice in the DreamWorks animated film "Megamind." In April 2011, Fey released her first book, entitled "Bossypants," which topped the New York Times best seller list. She has recently appeared on the big screen in Admission and Muppets Most Wanted and will next be seen in This Is Where I Leave You.