Broadway opening date set for Tina Fey's 'Mean Girls'

Upper Darby native Tina Fey finally has a Broadway opening date for her Mean Girls musical.

The show will officially open April 8 at the August Wilson Theatre. Previews begin  March 12.

Produced by Saturday Night Live’s Lorne Michaels and Broadway producer Stuart Thompson, Mean Girls features a book by Fey based on her script for the 2004 film of the same name. Music comes from Emmy Award-winning composer Jeff Richmond (Fey’s husband), with lyrics by Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde). Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Book of Mormon) serves as director and choreographer.

Tickets go on sale starting  Oct. 3, though fans must sign up at the show’s official website for access to passes. American Express cardholders can purchase tickets starting at 10 a.m. Sunday, and Audience Rewards members can get tickets starting  at 10 a.m. Sept. 25.

The April run will serve as Mean Girls’ Broadway premiere, but the show will have its world premiere at the National Theatre in Washington on Oct. 31. Tickets for that show are currently available.

Fey was inspired by her experience at Upper Darby High School to write the film script. The film follows protagonist Cady Heron as she attempts to mesh with a group of popular girls — the Plastics — at a new high school.

The film stars Erika Hennington as Cady and Taylor Louderman as Plastics leader Regina George. In May, Fey stumped for the show’s stars, calling them “baby [Justin] Timberlakes” on the Tonight Show.

“The secret with movie musicals is you can secretly suck and be a star,” Fey told host Jimmy Fallon. “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.”