Mean Girls The Musical is to close on Broadway, it’s been announced.
The musical adaptation of the 2004 film will not reopen when the ongoing theatre shutdown ends.
The Broadway run opened in New York in March 2018, with a cast including Erika Henningsen as Cady Heron, Taylor Louderman as Regina George, Ashley Park as Gretchen Wieners, Kate Rockwell as Karen Smith, Barrett Wilbert Weed as Janis Sarkisian and Grey Henson as Damian Hubbard.
The musical played its last performance at on March 11, the day Broadway shut down due to the ongoing pandemic. In total the production played 805 performances and 29 previews, a record-setting run for the venue.
In statement, the musical wrote on social media: “Mean Girls played 833 performances at the August Wilson Theatre, and we loved each and every one. “Irregardless,” the time has come for us to say, ‘Goodbye’ to Broadway as we will not be reopening upon its return.
“As Karen Smith once said, everything is really two things. Yes, this news makes us want to cry into our cheese fries. But this is also only the beginning for Mean Girls the Musical, and we have so much to look forward to! We’ll see you soon on our National Tour, which resumes performances this summer, and in the upcoming film adaptation from Paramount Pictures. ”
They added: “Regina George would tell us to not care what anyone else thinks, but it has been thrilling for us to watch audiences like you enjoy the show.
“Thank you for helping us make fetch happen. The limit to our gratitude does not exist.”
Mean Girls the musical features music by Jeff Richmond, lyrics by Nell Benjamin and a book by Tina Fey, who wrote the screenplay for the original film.
Prior to the pandemic, a West End transfer was rumoured for Spring 2021. Whether or not the show still plans to open in London is to be confirmed.
A filmed version of the musical is also in the works, penned by Tina Fey.
She said previously: “I’m very excited to bring Mean Girls back to the big screen…It’s been incredibly gratifying to see how much the movie and the musical have meant to audiences.
“I’ve spent 16 years with these characters now. They are my Marvel Universe, and I love them dearly.”