MEAN GIRLS Earns Highest Cast Album Debut on Billboard 200 in Over a Year
Billboard has reported that the Mean Girls cast album has debuted at Number One on the cast albums chart and Number 42 on the all-genre Billboard 200, making it the highest debut for a cast album in over a year.
According to Nielsen Music, the album launched with 14,000 equivalent album units in its first week. 10,000 were in traditional album sales. The last cast album to debut higher was Dear Evan Hansen in February 2017, which debuted at Number 8.
Mean Girls also has the largest debut week since Dear Evan Hansen in terms of total units earned, as well as the biggest debut sales week since Anastasia.
Prior to Mean Girls, Hamilton held the Number One spot on the cast albums chart for 48 weeks straight.
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Mean Girls opened on Broadway April 8 at the August WilsonTheatre (245 West 52nd Street). The musical features a book by nine-time Emmy Award winner Tina Fey, based on her screenplay for the film, music by three-time Emmy Award winner Jeff Richmond, and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin. Tony Award winner Casey Nicholawdirects and choreographs.
Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina's reign, she learns the hard way that you can't cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.
The cast is led by Erika Henningsen as Cady Heron, Taylor Louderman as Regina George, Ashley Park as Gretchen Wieners, Kate Rockwell as Karen Smith, Barrett Wilbert Weedas Janis Sarkisian, Grey Henson as Damian Hubbard, Kerry Butler as Mrs. Heron / Ms. Norbury / Mrs. George, Kyle Selig as Aaron Samuels, Cheech Manohar as Kevin Gnapoor, Rick Younger as Mr. Duvall. The cast also includes Stephanie Lynn Bissonnette, Tee Boyich, Collins Conley, Ben Cook, DeMarius R. Copes, Kevin Csolak, Devon Hadsell, Curtis Holland, Myles McHale, Chris Medlin, Brittany Nicholas, Becca Petersen, Nikhil Saboo, Jonalyn Saxer, Brendon Stimson, Riza Takahashi, Kamille Upshaw, Zurin Villanueva, Gianna Yanelli, and Iain Young.