Sabrina Carpenter to star in Mean Girls on Broadway
The television and music star will make her Broadway debut as Cady Heron from March 10, 2020.
Singer, songwriter & actress Sabrina Carpenter will officially make her Broadway debut on March 10, 2020, when she assumes the role of Cady Heron in the smash hit Broadway musical Mean Girls at the August Wilson Theatre. She is set to play a limited 14-week engagement through June 7, 2020.
Producers commented: “We look forward to welcoming the extraordinarily talented Sabrina Carpenter leading our company, alongside new and returning cast members, as we graduate into year three on Broadway.”
Ms. Carpenter rose to fame in 2014 as Maya Hart on The Disney Channel's "Girl Meets World." Her other notable screen credits include "The Hate U Give," "Tall Girl" on Netflix, and "The Short History of the Long Road," and her studio albums as a recording artist include Singular: Act I and Singular: Act II.
Current star Erika Henningsen is set to play her final performance as Cady Heron on February 22, before she departs the production to join the cast of Lincoln Center Theater's Broadway premiere musical Flying Over Sunset.
As previously reported, additional new members of the principal cast, also debuting on March 10, include Chad Burris (as Damian Hubbard), Olivia Kaufmann (as Janis Sarkisian), and Laura Leigh Turner (as Karen Smith).
The current principal cast of Mean Girls includes Erika Henningsen (as Cady Heron), Reneé Rapp (as Regina George), Krystina Labado (as Gretchen Wieners), Kate Rockwell (as Karen Smith), Barrett Wilbert Weed (as Janis Sarkisian), Tony Award nominee Grey Henson (as Damian Hubbard), Catherine Brunell (as Ms. Norbury), Kyle Selig (as Aaron Samuels), Cheech Manohar (as Kevin Gnapoor), and Rick Younger (as Mr. Duvall).
Mean Girls began previews at Broadway's August Wilson Theatre on March 12, 2018, ahead of an official opening on April 8.
Mean Girls features a book by Tony Award nominee and 9-time Emmy Award winner Tina Fey, along with music by her husband, Tony Award nominee and 3-time Emmy Award winner Jeff Richmond (composer of "30 Rock" and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt") and lyrics by 2-time Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin. The production is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw.
Synopsis: "After years of living with her zoologist parents in Africa, Cady Heron moves to Illinois and must find where she fits in the social hierarchy. A sweet, naive newbie, Cady quickly attracts the attention of The Plastics, a trio of popular frenemies led by the vicious and calculating Regina George. When Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung."
The creative team also features music direction by Mary-Mitchell Campbell, orchestrations by John Clancy, dance & incidental music arrangements by Glen Kelly, additional music arrangements by Jeff Richmond & Glen Kelly, and music coordination by Howard Joines. Scenic design is by Scott Pask, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, and sound design by Brian Ronan, with video design by Finn Ross & Adam Young, hair design by Josh Marquette, and make-up design by Milagros Medina-Cerdeira.
Mean Girls is produced on Broadway by Lorne Michaels (who also produced the 2004 movie), Stuart Thompson and Paramount Pictures.
The film was released in April 2004 and starred Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert and Lizzy Caplan, grossing almost $130,000,000 worldwide and achieving a cult status for fans all around the world. A movie musical adaptation is also currently in the works.
Mean Girls Tickets are available now for performances through September 6, 2020.
(Photo by Steve Granitz)