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The First Trailer For the Mean Girls Broadway Musical Is Pretty Fetch

13 September 2017 11:10 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Mean Girls fans, rejoice, because it looks like the fervor surrounding Tina Fey's seminal 2004 comedy will never die. The story of a naive new high school student who gets swept up in the drama of three backstabbing frenemies is coming to Broadway, and the first official glimpse at the adaptation dropped on Wednesday in the form of a pretty fetch new trailer. Regina George (Taylor Louderman) is back in all her conniving glory, as are Karen Smith (Kate Rockwell) and Gretchen Wieners (Ashley Park). The musical will be directed by The Book of Mormon's Casey Nicholaw, while Fey herself is writing the book. Yeah, we can't wait. »

- Quinn Keaney

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Rachel McAdams Can't Wait to See the Mean Girls Musical

10 September 2017 2:43 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Fetch never happened, but Rachel McAdams is pleased to see the long-awaited Mean Girls musical has come to fruition.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, People, and InStyle at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, McAdams said she can’t wait to see what Tina Fey has in store for the Broadway version of the beloved teen comedy.

“I really hope I get an invitation, yeah,” the Regina George actress said. “I would love to see it. I’m so, so curious about it.”

Long in the works, the Mean Girls musical will open on Broadway on April 8, 2018, at the August »

- Christopher Rosen

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Exclusive: Broadway Star Telly Leung Transforms Into Aladdin

9 June 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Days before stepping into the title role of Disney’s Aladdin on June 13, Broadway favorite Telly Leung is staying mum on the secrets behind that beloved magic carpet. Mostly because he’s content to remain in the dark himself.

“There’s a part of me that doesn’t want to know,” the actor tells Et of the illusion that finds packed houses at the New Amsterdam Theatre gasping night after night. “I remember seeing the show, and as somebody who’s done plenty of Broadway and knows all the tricks, I had no idea how that worked onstage. It really was magic -- it took my breath away.”

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Like countless kids of his generation, Leung grew up on the 1992 animated film, which joined Disney’s successful roster of Broadway musical adaptations in 2014. “Instead of having a princess as the hero, it was cool »

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Telsey + Company to Seek Cast for Upcoming ‘Mean Girls’ Musical

18 May 2017 1:00 PM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

Stay in the loop on industry and casting news with our weekly write-up on who’s been slated for recent film and television roles! “Mean Girls”While “fetch” may not have caught on the way Gretchen Weiners had hoped, “Mean Girls” has reached “cult classic” status for many a millennial. Now, the stage world is set to embrace the teen comedy. That’s right, the pink-laden Plastics are gearing up to hit the high notes for the Broadway-bound musical adaption of Tina Fey’s 2004 film. Regina, Karen, Gretchen, and Cady are all headed to their world premiere at the National Theatre in Washington D.C., before moving to the Great White Way in 2018. The production will be firmly rooted in the life of a teen girl who having spent most of her childhood in the wilds of Africa, is thrust into the cliquey waters of an Illinois high school. Social »

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt to direct and star in R-rated musical comedy alongside Channing Tatum

26 March 2017 12:25 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Variety is reporting that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in talks with Universal Pictures about directing the R-rated musical comedy Wingmen, which will also see him starring alongside Channing Tatum.

The project is based on a pitch from Gordon-Levitt and screenwriter Michael Bacall (21 Jump Street) and follows two pilots who crash-land in Las Vegas. It is described as “Pitch Perfect meets Book of Mormon“, and will feature covers of Top 100 hits with a touch of adult humour.

Before Gordon-Levitt entered talks to direct, the studio was cricling filmmakers such as Seth Gordon (Baywatch), James Bobin (The Muppets) and Casey Nicholaw (Book of Mormon). However, it now looks like it will become Gordon-Levitt’s second directorial effort after 2013’s Don Jon. »

- Gary Collinson

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Nears Deal to Direct, Star in Channing Tatum Musical

25 March 2017 6:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in talks to direct and star in a musical comedy for Universal, Variety reports. Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum are already attached to star in the R-rated film, currently titled “Wingmen.”

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Gordon-Levitt and “21 Jump Street” writer Michael Bacall reportedly pitched the idea in 2016, starting a heated bidding war among several studios.

The story centers on two pilots who crash-land in Las Vegas. Sources told Variety the movie will be in the vein of “Pitch Perfect” and “The Book of Mormon.” Other filmmakers who were considered to direct the project included James Bobin, Seth Gordon and “The Book of Mormon” director Casey Nicholaw.

Marc Platt ProductionsMarc Platt and Adam Siegel will produce alongside Tatum’s Free Association and Gordon-Levitt’s HitRecord Films. Universal senior VP of production Kristin Lowe will oversee the project for the studio. »

- Graham Winfrey

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Talks to Direct, Star in Musical Comedy With Channing Tatum (Exclusive)

24 March 2017 3:47 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is eyeing a return to the director’s chair, tackling a movie musical with Channing Tatum by his side.

Sources tell Variety that Gordon-Levitt is in early negotiations to direct Universal’s R-rated musical comedy with the running title “Wingmen.” He’s already attached to star in the movie alongside Tatum.

Universal landed the pitch that Gordon-Levitt and “21 Jump Street” scribe Michael Bacall hatched last year following a competitive bidding war that saw several studios chasing the project.


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The story follows two pilots who crash-land in Las Vegas. According to sources, the film is in the vein of “Pitch Perfect” meets “Book of Mormon,” with the dup covering Top 100 hits with a touch of adult humor.

The studio courted filmmakers that included Seth Gordon, James Bobin, and “Book of Mormon” director »

- Justin Kroll

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Get Cast in ‘Spamilton’ and 4 More Theater Gigs

13 January 2017 12:00 PM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

As the Broadway mega hit “Hamilton” takes over the city of Chicago, so, too, does its acclaimed Off-Broadway counterpart, “Spamilton.” The satirical take on the Founding Fathers rap musical is casting for its upcoming production in the Windy City in this week’s roundup of casting notices. We’ve also got four more theatrical jobs including an open call for Broadway’s “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,” the West End’s “Aladdin,” a new musical’s developmental lab and more!  “Spamilton”“Spamilton,” the Off-Broadway hit spoofing Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton,” is casting talent for its forthcoming Chicago production. Written and directed by Gerard Alessandrini of “Forbidden Broadway” renown, the production will hold Equity principal auditions on Jan. 18, with a run set for Mar. 3–Mar. 29.  West End “Aladdin” Open Calla whole new world, indeed. The West End production of Disney’s “Aladdin” is casting talent for its ensemble. Seeking both »

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