Does it make me a mean girl if I say that “Mean Girls,” the new Broadway musical based on — well, duh! — is, like, tbh, just OK?
Sorry. My mean. But that’s kind of my job.
As with many new Broadway musicals today — virtually all musicals this season — “Mean Girls” arrives with a built-in audience: fans of the 2004 movie written by Tina Fey (and just fans of Fey), who also wrote the musical’s book. Women made up a preponderance of the audience at the performance I attended. “Mean Girls” gets a hat-tip for continuing the blooming trend of girl-empowerment musicals that began with “Wicked” and continues this season with “Frozen.” Broadway, like many other industries, could use more women at the top, and shows like these may bear fruit in future generations of writers, composers and directors. (Here’s hoping, anyway.)