The coronavirus pandemic has fallen on yet another Broadway show:I mean girls. “
Music producers, led by Lorne Michaels on “Saturday Night Live,” announced Thursday that they will not seek to reopen their doors in New York once the epidemic subsides. However, the producers plan to resume the show’s national tour.
The show is its fourth Broadway conclusion due to the pandemic: Last spring Disney announced it Frozen will not be reopened, The producers of two plays being reviewed, Martin McDonagh’s “Hangmen” and the revival of Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” They decided not to wait for the shutdown at all.
The impetus for shutting down Mean Girls was the costs of keeping production intact while theaters dark. Broadway has been closed since last March, and it looks likely that most shows won’t return until the fall or later.
The musical, adapted from the 2004 movie, features Tina Fey’s book; Music of Jeff Richmond married to Faye; Words by Neil Benjamin. And directed by Casey Nicolaou.
It opened in 2018 and was a hit, reclaiming $ 17 million in capital costs and a total of $ 124 million over 834 shows, according to production. But it did not win any of the 12 Tony Awards it was nominated for, and its weekly box office dilemma over time.
The “Mean Girls” national tour began in Buffalo in 2019, and the London production, which was in preparation prior to the pandemic, is still being planned, Michaels said. Paramount Pictures announced in January that it would manufacture a movie version of the musical produced by Michaels and Faye.