School of Theatre, Film & Television alum Reagan Kennedy, who graduated last year with a BFA in Musical Theatre, has joined the 2023 North American tour of Mean Girls. The musical comedy, an adaptation of Tina Fey’s 2004 Paramount Pictures film of the same name, is currently touring to over 40 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, with additional cities to be announced. Kennedy joins the company as part of the ensemble and as an understudy to the principal roles of Cady Heron and Regina George.
This tour comes hot off the heels of Kennedy’s North American tour of Legally Blonde the Musical, for which she was the Universal Swing, Assistant Dance Captain, and Elle Woods understudy.
“Being a part of the Mean Girls second National Tour has been a huge honor,” says Kennedy. “From working with the original creative team, to traveling the country and understudying the two female principles, I’m having the best time. It was daunting and such a privilege to decide if I wanted to tour back-to-back after coming off the Legally Blonde National Tour last year, but I’m so happy I did. This show has such a huge following and it’s a timeless comedic tale that all generations know and love, including me. The response from audiences has been nothing short of elated!”
Kennedy credits her time at the School of Theatre, Film & Television as she navigates her bustling career. “I’m so grateful for the skill set I gained at the U of A theatre department. My time there made me strong and level-headed – both valuable skills while touring and performing every day.”
Mean Girls made its world premiere in Washington, D.C. in 2017. It opened on Broadway in April 2018 and went on to earn 12 Tony Award nominations that year. A film adaptation of the musical will be released in January 2024, and a West End debut is planned for spring 2024.