‘That Is So Fetch’: A ‘Mean Girls’ Musical Aims for Fall Run

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From left, Amanda Seyfried, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert and Lindsay Lohan in the movie “Mean Girls.”

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It won’t be easy to find a rhyme for “Mathletes” — as in, “You can’t join Mathletes, it’s social suicide!”

But that is the challenge for an all-star team making a musical version of “Mean Girls,” a 2004 cult teen comedy movie. The show is scheduled to have a world premiere production in the fall at the National Theater in Washington, a spokesman for the musical said on Friday.

The creative team includes the comedic writer and actress Tina Fey, who wrote the film’s screenplay; “Saturday Night Live” producer Lorne Michaels, who produced the film and will produce the show with Broadway veteran Stuart Thompson (“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”); and the director Casey Nicholaw (“Aladdin,” “The Book of Mormon”).

Setting to music so many memorable bits of high school banter — “You can’t sit with us,” “That’s why her hair is so big, it’s full of secrets” and “On Wednesdays, we wear pink” — will be the composer Jeff Richmond, who is married to Ms. Fey. Nell Benjamin (“Legally Blonde”) is writing the lyrics. The musical will have a developmental lab in April.

All of which means this team may not have much time to realize the wishes of the film’s star, Lindsay Lohan, who expressed her desire this week to pursue a sequel.

“I have been trying so hard to do a ‘Mean Girls 2.’ It is not in my hands,” she said in a Facebook Live chat with CNN, according to Entertainment Weekly. “I know Tina Fey and Lorne Michaels and all of Paramount are very busy. But I will keep forcing it and pushing it on them until we do it.”

”I would love to have Jamie Lee Curtis and Jimmy Fallon in the movie,” she added. “I’ve already written a treatment for it, so I just need a response.”

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