Tina Fey is coming back to Philly, at least for a day.
Fey, an Upper Darby native, will be in town on Wednesday for an on-sale event at the Kimmel Center’s Balcony Bar from 5 to 7 p.m. for her Mean Girls musical, running at the Academy of Music from Nov. 19 to Dec. 1.
Her musical is based on the 2004 film, for which she wrote the screenplay. As part of the event, which is free and open to the public, Fey will participate in a conversation following the start of box office ticket sales at 4 p.m. The Preston and Steve Show’s Kathy Romano and Marisa Magnatta will host.
The musical Mean Girls premiered at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C., before moving to the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway in March last year. A national tour for the show was announced several months after Mean Girls’ Broadway debut.
The show itself features a book by Fey, along with music by Fey’s husband, Jeff Richmond, lyrics from Legally Blonde: The Musical’s Nell Benjamin, and direction from The Book of Mormon’s Casey Nicholaw. Following its debut, the show was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, including best musical.
Word of the musical began popping up around 2014. At the time, Fey told an audience at Upper Darby High School, from which she graduated in 1988, that one was in the works during an appearance celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Mean Girls film. According to NBC10, Fey also said that her time at Upper Darby High School partially inspired her to write the movie.
“We were certainly happy to have her back,” Spino said.