With Broadway on an indefinite shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the musical Mean Girls has announced it will not return when shows are allowed to return. Based on Tina Fey’s hit 2004 film, the musical opened in 2017 having played over 800 performances and grossing some $124 million.
The production plans to relaunch its North American tour, which began in 2019, “this summer or as soon as performances can resume,” according to a statement. A film adaptation of the musical, announced last year, is also in the works.
“We remain excited to bring this musical to the big screen, relaunch the tour and prepare for a London production,” said Saturday Night Live and Mean Girls producer Lorne Michaels in a statement. “I look forward to the day, hopefully soon, when theaters can open their doors again.”
Broadway productions closed in March when the pandemic struck New York. While major productions including Hamilton and new shows including a revival of Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite starring Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker have pushed their productions to restart once given the go, other musicals including Disney’s Frozen have decided not to reopen.
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