Summer Finish For Mean Girls Musical
The Mean Girls musical from Tina Fey; her composer husband, Jeff Richmond; and lyricist Nell Benjamin is expected to be finished by late summer. And then the hard work begins: table reads, rewrites and investor meetings.
"We definitely want to see some kind of shape by the end of the summer," says Richmond of the adaptation of the 2004 film about a treacherous clique of high-school girls that starred Lindsay Lohan, Lizzy Caplan, Rachel McAdams and Amy Poehler. (Fey wrote the screenplay and also appeared in the movie.) "With that in mind, we know that 60 or 70 percent of that will go away when we start bringing in real singers and actors. We'll do a lot of rewriting." He adds that "the most difficult part of the process is determining, 'What are your best song ideas, and what do you leave alone as dialogue?' "