“Mean Girls” comes to Tucson for the first time

Tina Fey’s most fetch musical comes to Centennial Hall next week
Alli Burgess, El Inde Arizona

From left, English Bernhardt, Jasmine Rogers, Nadina Hassan and Morgan Ashley Bryant of the national tour of “Mean Girls,” coming to Centennial Hall March 28-April 2. Credit Jenny Anderson

“Mean Girls,”the hit Broadway musical based on Tina Fey’s popular 2004 movie, is coming to
Tucson for the first time March 28 through April 2.

The show, presented by Broadway in Tucson, will run Tuesday through Sunday at Centennial
Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. on the University of Arizona campus, with shows each evening
and matinee shows Saturday and Sunday.

“Mean Girls” is a “contemporary comedy about cliques in high school,” said Mario Di Vetta,
general manager for Broadway in Tucson.

The show premiered on Broadway in 2017 and continued until 2020 when it was shut down by
the pandemic. The tour launched a couple of years later and became an instant hit. It will
continue its North American run through May 7 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Cady Herron, a naïve teen who has just moved from South Africa to the Chicago suburbs, is the
show’s lead. Played by English Bernhardt, Cady takes on her biggest challenge yet: high school.

There she meets the school’s queen bee, Regina George, played by Nadina Hassan.

Notably, playing Janis Sarkisian, the goth friend of Cady Herron (the main character), is Lindsay
Pearce, who played Harmony on the hit TV show “Glee.”

“Mean Girls” is a much lighter musical after a season of darker shows for the Broadway in
Tucson lineup including Aaron Sorkin’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” in January and the musical
“Dear Evan Hansen” last month.

“ ‘Mean girls’ is your chance to actually laugh for two and a half hours and have a great time in
the theater,” said Di Vetta. “If you want to have a great time in the theater with your friends or
your girlfriends, go see ‘Mean Girls’.”

The show rounds out Broadway in Tucson’s 2022-23 season just days after the company
announced its 2023-24 lineup.

“We’re calling it our rockin’ season,” said Di Vetta.

The upcoming season features “Aladdin,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Tina: The Tina Turner
Musical,” “Ain’t Too Proud,” “Chicago,” “MJ: The Musical,” “Hairspray” and “Mrs. Doubtfire.”
The eight shows are made up of six full-week runs and six split-week runs from September to

“Mean Girls” will round out this season before looking ahead to the next one. ““If you want to
have a great time in the theater with your friends or your girlfriends, go see Mean Girls,” said Di

If you go
What: “Mean Girls”
Presented by: Broadway in Tucson
When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28-Thursday, March 30; 8 p.m. Friday, March 31; 2 and 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 1; and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 2
Where: Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd., on the University of Arizona campus
Tickets: $40- $145 through ticketmaster.com
Sources: Mario Di Vetta, he/him, contacted by phone
Tuesday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 29, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 30, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 31, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 1, 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 1, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 2, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 2, 6:30 p.m.

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