REVIEW: MEAN GIRLS (August Wilson Theatre) ★★★★
I have been OBSESSED with Mean Girls the Musical since it began on Broadway two years ago in 2017. The cast recording is EPIC and I listen to it far too regularly, even now. So it was a no brainer that I would go to see the show on my recent trip to Broadway. I splashed out on great seats (don’t even ask how much because Broadway is expensive) and it was worth every penny.
Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.
Grey Henson plays the “almost too gay to function” Damian to perfection, with a loveable campness and brilliant dancing ability. Barrett Wilbert Weed give rock chick realness to the role of Janis and I warmed to Olivia Kaufmann‘s performance of Cady as the show went on. Kyle Selig is the heart throb in the show and plays Aaron cute and loveable. Renee Rapp, Krystina Alabado and Kate Rockwell are the super trio of mean girls, each bringing something special to the role but it is Kate Rockwell as Karen who steals the show with her ditzy character performance.
The songs are a brilliant mix of pop and rock and are perfect for the story of Mean Girls. ‘Apex Predator’, ‘Revenge Party’, ‘Sexy’ and ‘Stop’ are all total bangers but all the music is incredible (expect for ‘Whose House Is This’ – I mean, whose idea was that?!). Set design is great, using simple props but a video-wall in the background with great projections (making it feel like there is more set than there really is).
Mean Girls the Musical is brilliant. A little longer than it needs to be but I loved every second of it.
Reviewed by West End Wilma
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