Musical ‘Mean Girls’ brings film to life |

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INDIANAPOLIS — The 2004 film “Mean Girls” was a teen comedy that delivered a stark warning against high school cliques and bullying.

The musical “Mean Girls” is laced with a lot more humor and fun while getting the message across.

The show, which now runs until April 3 at the Murat Theater, may be aimed primarily at women, but the multi-talented cast, unpredictable choreography and flippant spirit provide an evening of pure entertainment for everyone. world.

This show has a book written by Tina Fey, music by her husband Jeff Richmond, and lyrics by Nell Benjamin. It follows Cady Heron (played as a smart girl by Danielle Wade) as she enters North Shore High School where a trio of self-centered girls, known as The Plastics, rule the social scene. They have a private “Burn Book” in which they poke fun at most of their classmates.

The Plastics each receive an introspective song. As Boss Regina George, Nadina Hassan roars in the demonic “World Burn” as she releases the Burn Book. Jonalyn Saxer brings compassion and punchlines to dumb blonde Karen Smith. As Gretchen Wieners, Megan Masako Haley punctuates her emotions and growing awareness with precise facial expressions and hand gestures.

And I’ve never seen a gay character portrayed with as much charm as Eric Huffman delivers by playing Damian Hubbard, a narrator in the story. He portrays the high school student with a natural and witty insight. Huffman’s surprising tap number is a spectacular opening for the second act.

Each song dives into the character. Every offhand comment hits the mark.

And every bit of the film is in the musical. In fact, the show brings more life to the film with its unstoppable energy. There are the school principal’s off-the-cuff jokes (Tim Meadows had the role in the film). There is a fierce math battle (“High school is a four-year social curse but math is the foundation of the universe”). There is a loud party with choreographed mayhem.

And there’s the bus that goes through Regina. As my daughter will attest, I had a good laugh in the next scene after the bus appeared. I won’t say how it comes into play but it’s brilliant.

There are moments that will last long after the show is over. A dining room scene becomes memorable with the choreographed swinging of meal trays. Regina’s revenge explodes from magenta to fiery rage in “World Burn.” Oh, yes, and the bus.

“Mean Girls” is clever, using sharp humor to tell young girls and boys to be themselves and not fall into plastic clique life.

Once you’re drawn to the energy, wit, and drive of “Mean Girls,” you can agree it’s the best show of the season.

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