When the New Group announced musical adaption of Clueless, I was so conflicted. As a theater fan, I rejoiced at the opportunity to revisit the ‘ world of Clueless. As a fan of Clueless, I was initially skeptical. Adaptions are tricky, especially when the source material is beloved.
I loved it. It was such a fun night out at the theater with a stellar cast, clever music, and innovative staging. It follows the basic plot of the movie with some smart and timely revisions. Rather than organize a food drive, Cher orchestrates a letter writing campaign to her local representative to advocate for policy changes. The changes felt organic and true to the original script, as Amy Heckerling penned both the movie and the musical.
The direction by Kristin Hanggi and choreography by Kelly Devine make the show unforgettable. There is a series of scenes in the car that require such genius and precision. Credit also goes to Dove Cameron, who carries the entire show and is nearly every scene. She invites us into the Clueless world and serves as the connection to the rest of the story. The score takes classic 90s tracks and updates them with lyrics to fit the situation. “No Scrubs” becomes “No Shrugs” set during a shopping scene. I hope they release a cast album because of the cleverness of some of the changes.
I have a hunch that this will not be the last of Clueless, The Musical. It has the brand recognition, nostalgia factor, and star power for a Broadway transfer.
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