Okay so who is going to buy me a ticket to New York so that I can go watch Mean Girls the Musical? You can find me on Venmo.
Tina Fey has brought the mean girls to New York City and I have never wanted to be in New York more! The Original Broadway Cast Recording of Mean Girls dropped this past Friday and it has been on constant replay ever since. My initial thought: it immediately reminded me of Legally Blonde: The Musical, which If I may add, is an extremely underrated Broadway show (really don’t get me started on the magic that was Legally Blonde: The Musical; look out for my think piece about it).
Turns out that my nostalgia for Legally Blonde was not unwarranted, while Jeff Richmond composed the music for Mean Girls; turns out Nell Benjamin provided the lyrics and she’s the same brilliant mind that created the lyrics for Legally Blonde. I have existed in a bubble of Mean Girls for the last five days and honestly, I wouldn’t of had it any other way.
The beauty of this score is that if you live under a rock and have somehow not seen Mean Girls the movie, you won’t find it difficult to follow the storyline. The plot smoothly moves along with each song and each song provides a strong narrative of every character. Though the changes are subtle, you can hear each individual character voice within every song. Which is what I may love about musicals in the first place; the songs provide extra room to expand on the character development and Mean Girls gets this part completely right.
I think we can all agree that Mean Girls the movie is truly iconic but it gave us a limited time with every character while the musical provides an in-depth look into their psyche. I want to pick a favorite song but, I’m struggling to narrow it to a Top 5.
“Meet the Plastics” is the song that cemented the magic of this musical for me. “Apex Predator” is the perfect kick-off song for the main plot-line of the musical. “Sexy” is perfectly-funny and the change in melody makes the song a perfect tune for Karen. Taylor Louderman and her powerful belts and vocal runs caught me completely off guard in “Someone Gets Hurt” and the song provides the perfect space to begin feeling empathy for Regina. “Revenge Party” is the perfect big musical number, with a hint of the rock-opera sound that my heart tends to love. “I’d Rather Be Me” is the perfect empowering song and if Girl Power is what you’re looking for then the closing number, “I See Stars” is the song you’ve been waiting for. With a world full of romantic love song, Mean Girls gives us the friendship love song that we’ve all been waiting for.
Plastic don’t shine
Glitter don’t shine
Rhinestones don’t shine
The way you do
You are so real
You are so rare
I see you there – I see you
So on this beautiful Wednesday, I urge you to wear your best pink outfit and blast the Soundtrack to Mean Girls day long!