The first national tour of MEAN GIRLS just finished their invited dress performance in Buffalo this evening. Did anyone go? Very excited to hear about it.Saw a few pictures on Instagram/Twitter [IMAGE], and it looks like they made the LED set paneling a bit more "flat," and added an extra leg to each side of the stage to give it more depth, akin to the ANASTASIA tour set versus it's Broadway counterpart. This isn't surprising, I suppose it's just to make touring/fitting into theaters easier. Thoughts?
Please report back on the differences in the broadway version vs the tour I know the act 1 ending is different
Based on some of the pictures I saw of the stage on Instagram, it looks like the curved walls have been replaced by staggered flat walls. It still looks great, though.
They changed Fearless at the end of Act One and posted the rehearsal clip on Youtube. Better than the original IMO. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OdZesE4_yg
Let's see if I can remember the changes. The beginning changed. There is no elephant that craps onstage and Cady doesn't shoot the lion either.Mrs. George doesn't have the dog.When Regina tells Aaron his hair looks better pushed back is now do his eyes look green or grey.Fearless was changed as we know. Regina doesn't sing part of Someone Gets Hurt anymore. She just grabs the box and walks off. Also there is no tray dance.In I See Stars Janis is up on the platform with Cady singing "you are on fire, you can rise higher, up in the sky enjoy the view" before Cady does the fall. When Cady says "it's me and you, not us and her" she goes over to Regina instead of Janis which I found weird because the whole show it's Cady and Janis against Regina. I'm sure I'm forgetting some.
mailhandler777 said: "After seeing the tour 2 more times I can say that every song other than Apex Predator and I'd Rather Be Me has lyric changes in them and every scene but those 2 have changes in them. Too numerous to mention.I was told that the Broadway company is going to include the new ending to Fearless in the near future."I thought that once a show is “frozen”, they can’t change anything? Is that up to the creative team if they want to change something after that?
magictodo123 said: "mailhandler777 said: "After seeing the tour 2 more times I can say that every song other than Apex Predator and I'd Rather Be Me has lyric changes in them and every scene but those 2 have changes in them. Too numerous to mention.I was told that the Broadway company is going to include the new ending to Fearless in the near future."I thought that once a show is “frozen”, they can’t change anything? Is that up to the creative team if they want to change something after that?"Wicked is an example of a show that has made changes after its opening. Changes were made for the West End version that were eventually brought over to Broadway (these are well documented here in the forums). On the technical side, I’m pretty sure the national tours used some new lighting plots that became the standard across all productions.OT: the “Someone Gets Hurt” reprise is killer. I hope the creative team reconsiders removing it.
mailhandler777 said: "Waitress has changed throughout the 3yrs it's been playing too."Out of curiosity, what has changed in Waitress?
Caught the show on Saturday night, and will be seeing it again on Friday. I was a huge fan of the Broadway production.The tour is off to a fabulous start. Danielle Wade really knocks it out of the park as Cady, and (with the help of someone else's performance) really centers the production in a way I don't think Erika Henningsen did. Cady is firmly at the center of the story, and Wade's vocals were incredible. Much more belt than mix - unsure if it's sustainable but whenever she sang you could feel the room being drawn in.Marah Rose Faith makes a fine Regina. She can sing her face off, and does when necessary. I think this is less a dig at Faith and more of a praise of Taylor Louderman, but Regina seems exceedingly supporting in this production. Louderman made you feel her presence even when she wasn't onstage. You never forgot about her. Faith doesn't have this quality, and because of that you really notice that Regina is absent for most of the second act. The supporting cast are all excellent - Mary Kate Morriessy, Jonalyn Saxer, and Eric Huffman are all terrific. There was a minor set flub that stopped the show on Saturday night, with Huffman saying "DON'T LOOK AT THEM JUST DON'T" without a Plastic in sight. They reset to the button of "Where Do You Belong" and started again.Now on the rewrites - I did not care for most of them. The attempt to place some of the "Fearless" melody into "It Roars" comes off as clunky, and trying to throw in some of the spirit of the original opening "Wild Life" also falls flat. I'm happy the lyric about eating cake in front of women with eating disorders was removed -it always seemed in poor taste. I do like the change to the end of "Fearless". Cady should take control at the end - having Regina take focus at the end of the act is working against the narrative. There were some minor joke/line changes here or there. The "tell him his hair looks sexy pushed back" line is gone, and I understand why, but it's replacement doesn't achieve the same goal.Minor quibbles, as the show is still more or less the same. Catch it in your city if you can - the show still has tons of heart and the cast making their own mark on the material.
Newsies added "Letter from the Refuge" for the tour, and it ended up in the filmed production. (By the way, they just announced that they're putting Newsies on Disney+, so that'll be nice.)
So, now that we’ve sufficiently detoured from the subject matter, what do you say let’s return this to a a tour performances thread for MEAN GIRLS as I have a friend attending this in about 6 weeks courtesy of my season ticket.Thanks!
JBradshaw said: "Mean Girls in Philly.Code OCT3valid today with tickets as low as $4.97"Just for fun I tried this promo code for the Cincinnati leg of the tour. It gave me $60 rear orch and front balcony, and $80 rear loge ($10 discount) for the Tuesday and Wednesday performances of both weeks it will be here.
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