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These Broadway Debuts are Instant Classics

“Mean Girls”

Teen comedies don’t normally appear on Broadway lineups, but “Mean Girls” isn’t an ordinary teen comedy. Comedy writer Tina Fey of “30 Rock” wrote the 2004 film that grew into an often-quoted, beloved film.

Fey’s songwriter husband Jeff Richmond (“30 Rock”), lyricist Nell Benjamin (“Legally Blonde”) and director Casey Nicholaw (“The Book of Mormon”) worked together to convert the cheeky movie into a Broadway musical. After a sold-out run in Washington, D.C., “Mean Girls” debuted on Broadway in March.

“’Mean Girls’ has been nominated for 12 Tonys, including Best Musical,” said Lee. “Audiences love it. The songs are fun and memorable. It’s a light-hearted show that’s funny and very poignant at times with a great message of acceptance.”

Groups can watch this “fetch” adaptation that follows teenager Cady’s transfer from a home school in the African savanna to a high school in suburban Illinois.

“My Fair Lady”

Broadway musical fans usually reference “My Fair Lady” among their all-time favorite works partly because of its memorable score “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” and “On the Street Where You Live.” When the 1956 production debuted, it won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

“We find that a lot of groups that have booked it are either an older group that wants to relive it or our younger audiences who never had the opportunity to see the original,” said Lee. “It is a superb revival production.”

For the first time in 25 years, “My Fair Lady” returned to Broadway in March. The story revolves around a Cockney flower seller transformed into a genteel lady. Eliza Doolittle’s character has taken many forms over the years from the original George Bernard Shaw play, the Broadway musical and the treasured 1964 film starring Audrey Hepburn.

Eliza Myers

Eliza Myers has worked for The Group Travel Leader since 2007. She is the online editor and associate editor for Select Traveler.