Mean Girls’ Musical: The ‘Apex Predator’ Energizing the Spectacular Numbers


The stage adaptation of “Mean Girls” was met with disappointment due to its closure during the early stages of the pandemic, leaving fans yearning to experience the blend of dance, drama, and musical numbers. However, Tina Fey stepped in to collaborate with Paramount, bringing forth a screen adaptation of the stage production. Ahead of its release, Collider’s Perri Nemiroff conducted an interview, “Close-up with Perri Nemiroff,” with the lead actors – Renée Rapp, Angourie Rice, Bebe Wood, Jacquel Spivey, Auli’i Cravalho, and Christopher Briney.

The cast members, despite their considerable talents and experience, were challenged during filming. For Auli’i Cravalho, who plays a significant role and sings the song “I’d Rather Be Me,” it was the choreography that posed an unexpected challenge. Bebe Wood, although anticipating difficulty with the winter talent show sequence due to high heels and non-stop action, surprisingly found it exhilarating and could have continued for hours.

The upcoming movie-musical adaptation of “Mean Girls” seeks to stay true to the iconic 2004 film while adding its own vibrancy. Auli’i Cravalho emphasized that while preserving the beloved lines and humorous moments, the film will incorporate new elements, including dance, song, vibrant visuals, diverse character styles, fashion, makeup, and distinctive music performances. This expansion aims to give audiences a fresh yet faithful rendition of the original film, assuring fans of the legacy while introducing new dimensions to the story.


The full interview conducted by Nemiroff is available, and parts of it will be included in the Noovie pre-show in theaters. “Mean Girls” is scheduled for release in the U.S. on January 12, and tickets are now on sale. Fans can also explore more details about the upcoming film in a comprehensive guide available for reading while counting down the days to the movie’s release.