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Get in, loser, we're going to the theater. The Broadway sensation, two-time cinema blockbuster and queer pop culture phenomenon Girls Club – Be careful, they bite! is coming to London’s West End this summer.

More than 20 years have passed since Tina Fey's American high school comedy starring Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams first entered our lives, and in that time it has almost taken on a life of its own.

The quotes remain part of our normal vocabulary, while the 2018 musical version stormed Broadway and became an instant hit. That show launched the career of one of the best queer pop stars of recent years, Reneé Rapp, and the musical film version, which came out earlier this year, only further cemented the story as one of the most iconic pop culture moments of our generation.

Although Rapp will not star in the West End version, the story is in good hands with an entirely new cast of Plastics.

Dirty Dancing And Elf the Musical Star Georgina Castle is Regina George, The Misérables Actress Charlie Burn is Cady Heron, Elèna Gyasi, seen in the gripping The hunt for Raoul Moatis Gretchen Wieners, and The musical “The Great British Bake Off” Star Grace Mouat plays Karen Smith.

Ahead of the show's premiere at the Savoy Theatre next week (June 5), the Plastics sat down with PinkNews to talk about Regina George as a bisexual icon, following in Rapp's footsteps and what's currently on their to-do list.

Pink News: Girls Club – Be careful, they bite! is one of the gayest films and stage shows in recent memory. So what's the queerest moment in the West End version?

Gracefulness: Damien's first number is iconic, period.

Georgina: We've got a completely new design. So the show is going to look amazing and in terms of queerness, it's going to fully embrace everyone's quirks and quirks and the way people identify. We've got some rainbows and unicorns and all kinds of camp stuff, brilliant things.

Charlie: Cady, the socks and sandals give off so much bi energy. I'm bisexual myself, so I can safely say it sparks bi curiosity.

The logo of “Mean Girls” in the West End.
Girls Club – Be careful, they bite! will cause a sensation in the West End. (Sonia Friedman Productions)

Apparently, Girls Club – Be careful, they bite! is full of characters who have sparked queer awakening. What can you say about the way the West End version will deal with the queerness of some of these characters?

Charlie: We were very sensitive about how we wanted to be inclusive. The way our writers approached Janis, for example, is clever. It's done in such a way that Regina is still mean and Janis is still isolated, but not because [of her sexuality]. That's clever, because nowadays there are people [who] are homophobic… but that’s not what we wanted to make it about. We wanted it to be more about Janis and isolating her just because [she’s] Janis.

The full cast of the West End version of Mean Girls
Girls Club – Be careful, they bite! will be hitting the stages in London next week. (Sonia Friedman Productions)

Especially since the Girls Club – Be careful, they bite! Earlier this year, a musical film starring lesbian pop legend Reneé Rapp hit theaters, and there was a lot of debate online about whether Regina George is actually part of the LGBTQ+ family. Do you think she is?

Georgina: This is something I know because Reneé has been very vocal about her interpretation [of Regina] to be bisexual. I think [my interpretation] is aggressively heterosexual. But I don't know. I think at that age, exploration and curiosity is so important. So if you're playing 17, 18, 19, [year olds]it's time to be playful, it's time to be curious. It's time to explore. I think it's impossible that they haven't practiced kissing. But [my] Regina has come to the conclusion that she likes men, a lot, and that she will do anything to get them.

Georgina Castle rehearses for “Mean Girls” in the West End.
Georgina Castle's version of Regina George knows that she likes men – a lot. (Brinkhoff/Mögenburg)

Speaking of Reneé, you have the huge task of bringing her Broadway version to London. How does it feel to follow in her footsteps?

Georgina: It's surreal. It's still unbelievable and bizarre that we're doing it. The pressure is building to take the baton and keep it going. The show is up and running and we're performing it, which is incredible and so exciting and it's looking really good.

Gracefulness: We're performing it now, we're in that phase and we're still laughing our heads off. I can't wait for the audience to watch it. They're hilarious, razor-sharp, witty lines. Tina [Fey] is a genius. It's just the ultimate evening.

The cast of “Mean Girls” rehearsing in the West End.
The cast during rehearsals. (Brinkhoff/Mögenburg)

Considering that this Girls Club – Be careful, they bite! in London: If the original story had been set in Great Britain, would there have been anything about the characters or the plot that would have been different from the original?

Georgina: I have my version of Regina [on] a certain girl I knew at school. I won't say who it is because she might [see] that. But I remember her and her group always coming in with these tiny miniskirts and these belts that were like big circles that went down a little bit, always with Uggs and long hair. I think that belt embodies what it could be if it was set [in the UK] when I was a teenager.

Charlie: If Cady [had] had existed when I was here in the UK, I think she might have been quite cool and quirky, rather than the outsider she is in our version.

A promotional photo with the plastic figures from “Mean Girls” in the West End.
Elèna Gyasi, Georgina Castle, Charlie Burn and Grace Mouat star in the West End production. (Sonia Friedman Productions)

Is there anything that is disgusting to you right now that you think belongs in the Burn Book?

Elena: A month ago I would have said Crocs, but when I put on my dad's shoes to take out the trash the other day, I had a good feeling. I think I'm going to get a pair.

Charlie: I think one of the things that's bothering me right now is that I don't have enough confidence. That has to go. This cast is so talented and I'm grateful to be here. We all have to believe in ourselves and our performances.

Georgina: I would get rid of all the jellyfish. I have a real soft spot for them. And also for bullies. The world is rough right now. You want to have an opinion and say what you think, and I'm all for free speech, but I'm not for hate speech or trolls or bullies.

Gracefulness: Who is in my burn book? Tyrants, racists, transphobes, homophobes, anti-disabled people. Anyone with bad intentions. They are what I disgust.

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Girls Club – Be careful, they bite! will debut in the West End this summer. Previews begin on June 5th at the Savoy Theatre, with the premiere scheduled for June 19th. The run is confirmed to end at least February 16th, 2025.

Tickets for the musical are available from ATG Tickets, Love Theatre, See Tickets and Ticketmaster. Prices range from £22.50 to £178.50.