“Fetch” might never happen, but a Mean Girls musical? It’s a possibility. Tina Fey is working with her husband, composer Jeff Richmond, to put the cult classic film onstage and they’re hoping to finish the project this summer.
It’s not going to be easy. Richmond says that although he, Fey and lyricist Nell Benjamin are putting together the play, he predicts that once they start casting, the show will go through its fair share of changes. “We know that 60 or 70 percent of that [planning] will go away when we start bringing in real singers and actors. We’ll do a lot of rewriting,” he said. “The most difficult part of the process is determining, ‘What are your best song ideas, and what do you leave alone as dialogue?’ “
The 2004 film celebrated its 10th anniversary last year and is still heavily quoted and referred to. Jewelry label Stella and Bow released a line of Mean Girls-themed jewelry bearing catchphrases from the film like “boo” (“you whore”), “you can’t sit with us,” “fetch” and more. Clearly, the world hasn’t had enough of Mean Girls, and Fey is smart to profit from it.