Too Grool For School: Backstage at MEAN GIRLS with Erika Henningsen, Episode 13: The Final Goodbye


♪ That I can get it, watch
this girl self educate ♪ ♪ I learned math so I can learn love ♪ ♪ You wanna bet it, that
I can get it, just wait ♪ – Sike chickens, you didn’t think I would leave you without a final Too Grool for School vlog, did you? I’m yelling, it’s too loud, it’s too loud on a Friday to be yelling. Yeah, we got one more vlog, one more goodbye, graduation
vlog for all of you. It’ll be fun, won’t be
emotional, it’ll be fun, might be a little
emotional, but mostly fun. All together now. ♪ As we go on, we remember ♪ ♪ All the times we had together ♪ ♪ And as our lives change ♪
Any comments? ♪ Come whatever ♪ Stay tuned. (chatter) – We just had a snob celebrating what? – [Both] The 20’s! – The 20’s! Olivia, what do you think
about the snob tonight? – I think it was wonderful. The cast just came
together, really just like– (laughs) – We have snobs on Saturday nights. But tonight is a Sunday night,
Sunday night on Broadway. To being a snob, it was
called you’re in 20’s, to celebrate 2020 and the other things that have to do with 2020, bye! Hey team, so I’ve started
cleaning up my dressing room. Which is very, very sad. And I’m finding some true gems. But I think the biggest gem of all is my original “Mean Girls” script which I have not opened in
maybe like a year and a half. So, I thought maybe we could go through it and see some of the things
that got cut in previews. This was at the top of act
1 when the parents came in. And it was Binty, I
don’t wanna embarrass you but we found this in your sleeping bag. Did you make this? He holds up a baboon skull on a stick with straw attached to give
it Justin Bieber like hair. My line, no I mean, yes,
but we’re just friends. What? Fine, I practice
kissing on it, okay? Because we live 200
miles from nearest town and I am losing my mind! Yep, that’s right, Cady had a barbie doll that she would practice kissing on. And that got cut at the
beginning of our show because I think people thought that’s just a little weird. (laughs) She is weird, but she’s not like, disturbed kissing barbies weird. ♪ I’m growing up but you
treat me like a child ♪ ♪ If I don’t socialize I will go wild ♪ ♪ I am on my knees, send
me to real school please ♪ ♪ I fear I’ll go totally feral ♪ ♪ And start to pee on trees ♪ To pee on trees, friends! Cady started the show
really weird. (laughs) that all got cut, I
sang that for one night. I sang that for one night on Broadway. So, if you were in the audience that night comment in the section
because you saw something that was never seen again on Broadway. But that’s what happens in
previews, it’s really fun. You like go on stage and you just think well, they don’t know what’s
gonna come outta my mouth. All right, this is what
Stupid with Love use to be. Or it was on February 4, 2018. So, literally like almost two years ago. ♪ On the day you made me cry ♪ ♪ Mom started teaching
me to add and multiply ♪ ♪ And that was healing ♪ ♪ ‘Cause there was logic to rely on ♪ ♪ There were rules not like
a guy who just goes flying ♪ ♪ And leaves you shy in feelings ♪ ♪ Stupid with love ♪ That’s an E? Jesus. Why are we singing so high? Oh my god, this makes me so happy. Here is what use to be
the finale to our show and it was this song
called “Break it Down” And we moved into the
theater with this song and we opened for previews,
this was not the song we had. So, we learned Stars in like, I don’t know, maybe a day. Break it Down, basically went ♪ This crown ♪ ♪ Is plastic pretending to be platinum ♪ ♪ It’s like me, I was so dumb ♪ Mr. Duvall talks, and then
the base would kick in. (makes bass drumming sound) ♪ This crown ♪ ♪ See this is the problem ♪ ♪ How we compete and compare ♪ ♪ For what ♪ ♪ Shiny thing for your hair ♪ ♪ There, share it ♪ ♪ Who cares if you’re perfect ♪ ♪ If all that perfection
is fake and cheap ♪ Can you read it with me? ♪ And easy to break ♪ ♪ Look how easy to break ♪ ♪ You want it, take it ♪ ♪ Everyone take ♪ ♪ Get up and break it down ♪ ♪ Get up and break it down ♪ I’m gonna rock out to this song. I love that song so much. It was just not the right
song to end the show. It is a great, great song. Jeff and Nell, it’s one of my
favorite things you ever wrote. But, it was just a little too, a little too rock anthem for
like the end of the show. Especially because we had already had the rock anthem of “I’d Rather Be Me” So, we brought back the
beautiful stars theme. And it’s hard to say goodbye to songs that you really like in the moment. But, eventually you do it
in front of an audience and you’re like, right, that makes sense. And I personally love the
metaphor, the Stars metaphor that comes back and that theme. That musical theme that
comes back for Cady. And as much as I loved “Break it Down” and the fierce dance break
we all got to do together, it was not the song to end the show. Truly, finding this brought
back so many memories of how much work and collaboration and adaptation had to go into making the show come to life. And that’s the stuff that nobody sees. Because when people buy tickets they’re coming to see a finished product. So, it’s really cool to
sort of revisit that. And revisit some of these old lines and old barracks, and old
notes I use to write to myself on the script pages and be like, right at one point this
was still being created. And right now, it feels
like such a set thing. It feels so comfortable and like we’ve been doing it for years. But at one point, walking
out on that stage every night was a thrilling and terrifying and new experience every single evening. And as much as that preview process nearly breaks everybody, I think it might have
been one of my favorite moments of this show or
favorite phases of this show. Because it was just, it
required everybody to just be so focused and so fearless. And I loved watching our cast and our creators rise to the occasion. So, that’s all, I love
you Mean Girls, good bye. I’m not gonna cry on this vlog. This is gonna be, you’re
gonna have a session. We’re gonna have little cut aways to you. It’s gonna be Renee explains Gen Z. – I love that. – [Erika] Okay, the word for
today is, you can choose it. – I think the word for today should be– I feel like slaps is a little advanced. We’re gonna start, we’re gonna start low. Let’s start with like, like thriving. – Please use thriving in a sentence. – Today I am not thriving, I’m surviving. But maybe tomorrow, we’ll be thriving. Erika looks like she’s thriving. – This has been Gen Z with Renee MJ Rapp. – Hello Erika. We miss you, we know you’re
on your last few shows at Mean Girls, and just
wondering how you’re feeling? Like, just hoping you
can elucidate on your– feelings, I know it was super didactic and enervating for me and I was so excited to shoe from wearing make-up. That wasn’t a sneeze, that
was a really big word. Boom, boom. Louderman lingo! – Gianna, why is today a special day? – Because I’m Janis for the matinee. – And is it maybe our last time? How dare I? – Why would you just do that? – But you know what else is happening that’s more fun than thinking about that? Come outside, go outside, c’mon. Hey everybody. Hi everybody. – I’m really subdued in this version. – Really, she’s getting into character. This is Gianna as Janis, friends. All right, go outside. What’s happening outside? – Wait, is there something
they got up? (gasps) (laughs) ♪ It’s a snow day ♪ ♪ It’s a snow day ♪ ♪ It’s a snow day on Mean Girls ♪ – Into the woods, it’s time to go. I hate to leave, I have to know. – Hi, kids. – [Erika] Mama, what. Mama, these are my girlfriends. We’re talking about– who’s that? (laughs) – Wow this cast shows up
when the camera come out. – So, you know when you’ve been running for two and a half years, you sometimes have rehearsal because you start to do things a
little differently on stage and we have started to do weird things in the Spring Fling photo. So, fun surprise, whole cast
on stage in normal clothes. Kind of normal clothes. – We’re at the club, Erika. – [Erika] Are we at the club? Is this the Spring Fling club? (chatter) – [Photographer] Three, two, one, yay! ♪ I see stars ♪ (chatter) – Okay friends, so today a very– how do I get you, there you are. A very special thing
happened on Mean Girls on Broadway today because we– – Re-coop! – Re-cooping means that you make back the investment it took to make the show. It takes so many thousands
of millions of dollars to make a Broadway show. – And it’s so special
when a show re-coops. – It’s very special, it
means a lot of fun things. But importantly, it’s like cool. All of that work is going
to like literally pay off. – Yeah.
– Yeah. It was very exciting. – Let’s go–
– have cupcakes. – Downstairs and have cupcakes. – Yeah! Okay friends, so we just
finished show eight. My hair looks crazy pin curled. So I am heading home for my day off. And I brought with me this entire bag of fan mail that I am going
to open and respond to. – Erika, stop talking! – Gray, I’m trying to tell the fans that I’m answering their
fan mail on my day off. (water bubbles) (sings) Normally, on my walk to the subway I would be like jammin’ out to some tunes but I have you all with me
today, so we’re not gonna jam. We’re gonna answer some
questions that people asked. One of the questions was what are you gonna miss the
most about playing Cady Heron? And the answer to that is I’m
gonna miss the people the most ’cause I’m kinda ready to
not do the show anymore, but I’m very sad to be saying goodbye to all of my family and friends
who are in that building. I’m not ready to let go of them yet. There’s a dog, there’s
a dog, there’s a dog. Adult see-saws, what is this? I’m by myself so I have
nobody to go on with. But maybe I should ask around. Look at how much fun they’re having. That is amazing. We have transformed to Cady. I’m ready for Show two. Have a good show, show
two, show two, show two. Here we go. Let’s check in with with our ensemble. See how they’re doing. See how everyone’s holding up. Hi, Margie Ann, hello. Hi, all. Okay. (laughs) Iain, who you on for the night? – I’m on for Tyler Kimble. – Tyler Kimble, I’m showing
them a day in a two show day. You know what’s funny, is our first vlogs had a lot of energy on a two show day. Two years later– – We still here. (laughs) – [Erika] It’s not that
we don’t have energy, is that we’re saving it for out there. – Yeah, conserving. Save it. (crosstalk) – [Erika] Oh my God, is this choir club? Is this choir club? – [Man] It’s choir club. – [Erika] Five, six, seven, eight. ♪ Hello from the other side ♪ ♪ Must’ve called a 1,000 times ♪ ♪ To tell you ♪ ♪ I’m sorry ♪ ♪ With everything that I’ve done ♪ ♪ And it clearly ♪ ♪ Doesn’t tear you apart anymore ♪ anymore ♪ (Graduation from Vitamin C plays) (Graduation from Vitamin C plays) (Graduation from Vitamin C plays) (Graduation from Vitamin C plays) (Graduation from Vitamin C plays) (Graduation from Vitamin C plays) (Graduation from Vitamin C plays) (Graduation from Vitamin C plays) (Graduation from Vitamin C plays) (Graduation from Vitamin C plays) (Graduation from Vitamin C plays) (Graduation from Vitamin C plays) (Graduation from Vitamin C plays) ♪ Stupid with love ♪ ♪ And I can get it ♪ ♪ Watch this girl self educate ♪ ♪ I learned math so I can learn love ♪ ♪ You wanna bet it, that I can ♪

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