On The Daily: Three Mean Girls from Michigan
It is Wednesday, and there will be at least three University of Michigan graduates wearing pink. Ashley Park, Taylor Louderman and Erika Henningsen, all graduates from the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, are starring in the Broadway musical adaptation of the hit 2004 teenage comedy “Mean Girls.”
Louderman was cast as Regina George, the leader of the popular girl group known as “The Plastics.” She is joined onstage by loyal sidekick Gretchen Weiner played by Park. When “The Plastics” welcome new student Cady Stanton, played by Henningsen, a plot of gossip, blackmailing and high school antics ensue.
“Mean Girls” is not the first time any of these leading ladies have performed underneath the lights of Broadway. Park has starred in three shows on Broadway, most recently appearing in “Sunday in the Park with George” alongside Jack Gyllenhaal. Louderman’s Broadway credits include “Kinky Boots” and “Bring it On: The Musical.” Henningsen previously appeared in “Les Miserables” as Fantine.
The show premiered Sunday night at the August Wilson Theater in New York City after a two-month trial run in Washington, D.C. Tina Fey, who penned the iconic lines of the film version, also wrote the script for the musical.
As Park, Henningsen and Louderman lead the cast of “Mean Girls” into the summer months, they will be making “fetch happen” and furthering the legacy of the “Michigan Mafia” on Broadway.