Tina and Jeff were interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter to talk about the process of casting the Mean GirlsBroadway Musical and Ariana’s new music video ‘Thank U, Next’, which was inspired by the Mean Girls movie. The full interview can be read below:
The duo, who will be honored Thursday at the Casting Society of America’s 34th annual Artios Awards, open up about finding the right players, the possibility of a movie musical and the one star they’d allow to be stunt-cast for the stage show.
When Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond assembled the cast for Broadway’s Mean Girls musical, they set out to make “fetch” happen all over again. But to recapture the magic of Fey’s 2004 film for the stage, the married couple and creative partners knew that diversity would be paramount to success.
In fact, during the audition process — aided by famed casting house Telsey + Company — Fey says that instead of searching for look-alikes, they focused on finding performers who carried the “essence” of the beloved characters she created nearly 15 years ago for her first screenplay.
“We strived for more inclusivity, not just in the ensemble, but with the principals,” says Fey, whose show opened on Broadway in April and has netted $65 million in ticket sales. “We were very excited to find Ashley Park to play Gretchen because she’s so skilled and emotionally three-dimensional in that part. I also felt a palpable relief that we all got the added benefit of her being an Asian actor and adding diversity to our show.”