‘Mean Girls’ musical trailer: Mean Girls Back to North Shore High

‘Mean Girls’ musical trailer: Mean Girls Back to North Shore High

 

 

Audiences will have the opportunity to revisit the drama-filled halls of North Shore High School this winter as the movie musical adaptation of “Mean Girls” is set to hit theaters.

The new generation of Plastics made their debut on Wednesday when Paramount released the first trailer for “Mean Girls,” scheduled to open on January 12, 2024. The film stars Angourie Rice as Cady Heron, the North Shore newcomer who infiltrates the school’s most popular clique by befriending Regina George (Renée Rapp), Karen Smith (Avantika), and Gretchen Wieners (Bebe Wood).

Directed by Arturo Perez Jr. and Samantha Jayne, the new “Mean Girls” is based on the 2018 Broadway stage musical, which, in turn, was adapted from the 2004 film featuring Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams. Strangely, the trailer doesn’t reference the film being a musical, a point that has not gone unnoticed by fans and media outlets. This is particularly surprising because Renée Rapp is reprising her role from the Broadway production, which received 12 Tony Award nominations.

Some viewers expressed their confusion and disappointment on social media, with one person writing, “Wait, don’t you have songs? Why aren’t you emphasizing your songs? You’re a musical, right?” Another commented, “Releasing a trailer for the movie musical with no evidence of it being a musical. What an incredibly odd, bad decision.”

Tina Fey and Tim Meadows reprise their roles from the 2004 film as Ms. Norbury and Principal Duvall, respectively. Joining the “Mean Girls” universe are Jenna Fischer as Cady’s mother, Busy Philipps as Mrs. George, and Jon Hamm as Coach Carr. The script for both the film and the musical adaptation was written by Tina Fey, and the musical version featured songs by Nell Benjamin and Jeff Richmond, who is Tina Fey’s husband.

Despite the trailer’s lack of emphasis on the musical aspect, Tina Fey assured in an interview with “Entertainment Tonight” that the film will appeal to fans of both the 2004 movie and the stage adaptation. She explained, “I am like we could kind best of both worlds. We could have this great music while still being able to live with our characters in a closeup, to have new jokes and new moments that are surprising to people.” she expressed hope that the audience will find unexpected moments film and appreciate the cast and songs   

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