Tina Fey Teases Mean Girls Musical With Mariah Carey
As 30 Rock draws to a close, fans of consummate comedienne Tina Fey have been having a tough time. Working on our night cheese, lizzing over episodes old and new, and bitterly bellowing "blergh!" as the end approaches, we are nearly inconsolable. But last night at the SAG Awards Fey gave us new cause to rejoice: Mean Girls: The Musical.
Last night, Fey and Alec Baldwin both took home acting honors from the Screen Actors Guild, which was a lovely way to finish out the series seven-season run. However, Fey got us geeking out before the show when she spoke with E! News' Giuliana Rancic. After talking fashion (it's all about angles, ladies!), Rancic asked Fey about the rumor of a Mean Girls musical, to which Fey excitedly responded:
"Maybe! We want to. I would love to."
She went on to explain that she's developing the idea with her husband, Jeff Richmond, who has worked as a producer and composer opposite Fey on 30 Rock. She also added, "I think Paramount's on board."
Paramount Pictures produced the first Mean Girls movie, which not only made more than $129 million worldwide, but also has become a contemporary comedy classic with countless fans. While a movie musical remake of a comedy might sound a bit absurd, it's been done before, most notably with Little Shop of Horrors, Hairspray and The Producers. Of course each of these went from movie to stage musical to movie musical, but Fey is a groundbreaker. It wouldn't surprise me if Mean Girls: The Musical skipped a step.
As to whom she'd cast, Fey joked that Mariah Carey could play Regina's eager-to-please mom, a part originated by Fey's longtime friend Amy Poehler. This was said in reference to Carey's American Idol feud with Nicki Minaj, in which both of the singers alluded to Mean Girls in their arguments. Fey admits she was impressed by Carrey's fandom, so threw out the idea that she could play Mrs. George. I know it's a joke, but Carey as Regina's mom sounds totally fetch.
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