" is a poignant lament from Gretchen, the most insecure of the Plastics.And when the group's nasty leader, Regina, seeks revenge on her new turncoat friend Cady, "Watch the World Burn" turns up the heat.The musical numbers (by Fey's husband Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin) don't grow organically out of the story or characters, so much as feel padded on.(Talk about padding -- the movie was 97 minutes, this show runs a full hour longer.) Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune: All of Fey's long-form shows have unfolded at rapid paces and "Mean Girls" is no exception.Scenic design that makes smart use of video projections gives the show a seamless cinematic flow.Fey's book is faithful to the film and, naturally, preserves beloved lines - like "fetch" and "On Wednesday we wear pink." But she's added fresh jokes and updates for the social media age as 16-year-old Cady (an appealing Erika Henningsen) goes from Africa (there's a sly nod to "The Lion King") to a Chicago high school.That's also because fresh-faced Henningsen, with her big, bright voice, brings such assurance to Cady's ricochets from guileless adventurer in a strange land to cool conqueror and back to humbled do-gooder, who is able to see the redeeming qualities in everyone.And Henningsen's sweet chemistry with Selig lends spark to their scenes; Aaron's own reawakening from Regina's spell contributes to Cady's growth as he tears down her misguided belief that "More is Better." Robert Hofler, The Wrap: Beyond the successful recycling of 14-year-old jokes, the other good news about Fey and Richmond's first joint Broadway effort is that her characters need to sing.
Christopher Kelly, NJ.com: Fey doesn't venture far from the outline of the original movie, in which new girl Cady (Erika Henningsen) falls in with a trio of divas led by queen bee Regina (Taylor Louderman), betraying herself and her other friends in the process.How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order?By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George.No, the trouble lies in the less assured translation of Ms. Benjamin's many (many) musical numbers are passable by middle-of-the-road Broadway standards (though Ms.
Fey's sly take on adolescent social angst into crowd-pleasing song and dance. Benjamin's shoehorned rhymes do not bear close examination).
Adam Feldman, Time Out: Where Mean Girls glows most is in the spotlight it shines on its cast.