Another Broadway show has fallen victim to the coronavirus pandemic as Mean Girls will not be reopening.
It was announced back in May 2020 that Disney’s Frozen would be closing and would not reopen following the pandemic. Now a second show is following suit, and Tina Fey’s Mean Girls will be vacating the August Wilson Theater.
Mean Girls effectively closed on March 11 when New York mandated a shutdown, meaning the show closed after 29 previews and 804 regular performances. The night before the closure, the production had just welcomed a new round of performers including Reneé Rapp as Regina George, Krystina Alabado as Gretchen Wieners, Sabrina Carpenter as Cady Heron, Olivia Kaufmann as Janis Sarkisian, Chad Burris as Damian Hubbard, Laura Leigh Turner as Karen Smith, Catherine Brunell as Mrs. Heron/Ms. Norbury/Mrs. George, Kyle Selig as Aaron Samuels, Cheech Manohar as Kevin Gnapoor, and Rick Younger as Mr. Duvall.
While the production will not be returning to Broadway, the national tour is set to resume as soon as various locales once again allow live performances. A film version of the musical is also still in the works.
Frozen and Mean Girls are the first two casualties of the pandemic on Broadway, but additional closures remain a distinct possibility.
Currently, all Broadway shows are scheduled to stay closed through May 30, but there is the possibility of further extensions.