The Broadway community was #shook on Tuesday morning as "Smash" alums Leslie Odom Jr. and Katharine McPhee announced the 2018 Tony Award nominations. (We were so happy to see our friends from Mean Girls honored with 12 noms!) But—sadly—there's no Tony Award category for ensemble dancers. Which feels especially unfair right now because this season's dancers are, in a word, killer.
So we went ahead and chose 7 of 'em who deserve Tony Awards of their own. Ladies and gentlemen, our picks for 2018's Best Ensemble Dancers:
Happy Tony nom day, everybody! This morning, we heard the full list of 2018 Tony Award nominees, straight from the very beautiful lips of announcers Leslie Odom, Jr. and Katharine McPhee. We're especially happy that two of our faves—Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants—are leading the pack with 12 nods each. And we're even more excited about the jam-packed race for Best Choreographer (Justin Peck! Casey Nicholaw! Christopher Gattelli, twice!).
Get in, losers. We're going to Broadway.
OK, not losers, actually—more like the bajillion die-hard fans of Tina Fey's 2004 cult hit Mean Girls, who've been wearing pink every Wednesday since a musical adaptation of the film was first teased back in 2013.
Now their world is like a cake filled with rainbows and smiles, because Mean Girls the musical, which had a trial run in Washington, DC, last fall, is set to open at Broadway's August Wilson Theatre April 8. And in a very grool twist, it turns out the show—with direction and choreography by Casey Nicholaw and a book by Fey herself—is delightfully dancey.
If you're even half as obsessed with Mean Girls as we are, you're counting the days until its Broadway debut this March. And if you need a little something extra to hold you over till then, look no further: Larsen Thompson and her squad have given us an early Christmas present in the form of a Mean Girls-inspired dance routine. That's right, they've done the impossible—they've made fetch happen...in Santa suits and 6-inch heels, no less.
You know how we've been teased, over and over again, with the promise of a Mean Girls musical? It happened back in 2013, prompting us to do some very aggressive Photoshopping. It happened earlier this year, when Queen Tina Fey herself talked vaguely about working on the project.
But now we have cold, hard evidence. We have beyond-a-reasonable-doubt proof. We have confirmation, via an official (blue-checkmarked and everything!) Twitter account, that our dreams are about to come true:
WE KNEW THIS DAY WOULD COME. IT'S LIKE WE HAVE ESPN OR SOMETHING.
(I have a powerful urge to just word vomit Mean Girls quotes at you right now, guys. Hold me back.)
We don't yet know the theater, or the exact premiere date, or the choreographer, or anything about the cast (although there's already been plenty of speculation about who'd make the perfect Regina George.)
But we do know that this is going to be incredibly major. How major? THE LIMIT DOES NOT EXIST. (#sorrynotsorry)
We'll be wearing pink every Wednesday from here on out in anticipation, and we're going to pretend like that's a new thing and not just a thing we've done every Wednesday since 2004.
Why is it that short weeks always feel the longest? If, like me, you've woken up each of the past three days thinking it was Friday, never fear, my friends: I have a video that will snap you right out of your funk.
What is this magical film, you ask? It's a supercut of all (well, most) of the great dance scenes in movies. And as if that weren't enough, it's set to "Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats.
We've got Singin' in the Rain and Saturday Night Fever and Footloose (old AND new), Dirty Dancing and Pulp Fiction and Austin Powers, even Mean Girls and Little Miss Sunshine and Silver Linings Playbook. (It looks like there might be a few music videos slipped in there too, but we're not going to complain about seeing Michael Jackson's moves anytime soon.)
Let the healing begin:
The DS office has been an even more gleeful place than usual this week.
Why, you ask?
A BROADWAY MUSICAL!!!
OK. Take a moment. Stop hyperventilating.
Why is this the most awesome news ever? Because here is an inarguable truth: Animated Disney films aside, few movies seem like they'd fit better on a Broadway stage than Mean Girls. Yes, the movie only features one actual song-and-dance routine—that would be the Plastics' not-so-innocent take on "Jingle Bell Rock"—but come on. Every single character in that movie is totally stage-ready. (So stage-ready, in fact, that Broadway.com chose a dream cast for the entire hypothetical show more than a year ago. Lea Michele as Regina George, aka herself? Yes please.)
Obviously, this is one show that would need some fabulous choreography. We're looking at you, Andy Blankenbuehler. Bring It On-ify this sucker!
I'm off to daydream about possible Mean Girls musical numbers. ("Regulation Hottie"? "It's Not Your Fault You're So Gap-Toothed"? I'll work on it.) In the meantime, remember:
On Wednesdays, we wear pink.