Tina Fey stopped by The Tonight Show on Wednesday, where the Upper Darby native told host Jimmy Fallon that her upcoming Mean Girls musical is “moving along,” and teased the upcoming season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Adapted from the 2004 Paramount film of the same name, the Mean Girls musical is set to hit Broadway in March 2018. However, as Fey told Fallon Wednesday, the show will do a preview run at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. from Oct. 31 to Dec. 3. Tickets are available now, and start at $48.
“The theater is, like, three blocks from the White House, so you can make a little trip of it. Or if you work there and you get fired, come down and see the show,” Fey said, joking about President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey. “Twenty percent off if you got fired that day.”
The show will feature music from Fey’s husband, Jeff Richmond, lyrics from Legally Blonde composer-lyricist Nell Benjamin, and choreography from Spamalot’s Casey Nicholaw. Fey, who was inspired to write the film by her experience at Upper Darby High School, is credited as the show's book writer. SNL’s Lorne Michaels and Broadway producer Stuart Thompson will produce the show.
“I’ve been in stuff that’s like movie musicals, whatever, a little bit,” Fey said. “The secret with movie musicals is you can secretly suck and be a star. But to do things on stage? Like, these kids are so talented. There’s, like, a bunch of baby Timberlakes. Everyone can do everything. They just sing so loud and they dance so hard.”
Fey also told Fallon about the upcoming third season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which hits Netflix on May 19. Among tips that Amy Sedaris’ Mimi Kanasis character “might get infected butt implants” and that Fred Armisen will appear as accused murderer Robert Durst because “why wouldn’t he?” Fey said she’ll be appearing in the show as an “Easter egg.”
Specifically, in the form of '70s child star Mason Reese, because, as Fey said, she was “obsessed with this video of him tap dancing on the Mike Douglas Show” during filming.
“I loved it so much, I dressed up like him for Halloween, which looked horrible because I’m clearly a grown woman,” Fey said. “It’s not cute.”
Still, though, the writers of Kimmy Schmidt convinced her to do it on the show, so we can look out for the face below in the upcoming season at “no extra charge,” as Fey joked:
To cap things off, Fey also did a ragtime rendition of Bruno Mars’ "That’s What I Like” with Fallon and the Ragtime Gals: