Alumni Jeff Richmond and Tee Boyich Help Bring "Mean Girls" to Life On Stage
When new musical "Mean Girls" makes its debut at Washington, D.C.'s National Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 31, it will include two Kent State University alumni amongst its company: composer Jeff Richmond and cast member Tee Boyich. Following its run in Washington, D.C., Mean Girls will open on Broadway in March 2018.
The musical, based on the hit 2004 film of the same name, is composed by Jeff Richmond. In a September 2017 article in Entertainment Weekly, the musical's book writer Tina Fey (who also happens to be Richmond's wife) described the musical's formation:
“It was probably my husband, Jeff, who said, ‘You know what? This could work as a musical.’ And I trusted him to know that, having that background...He’s a genius. I feel like all the music in our show is very catchy — like, I feel like you will walk out humming several songs. We know from the 30 Rock theme and the Kimmy Schmidt theme that he has that ability, and at the same time, he’s a great collaborator..."
Richmond has extensive composing experience and has served as music director of NBC's Saturday Night Live, composed music for NBC's 30 Rock, Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, NBC's Maya & Marty, NBC's Good News, and the feature film Baby Mama.
Richmond currently serves as executive producer of Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and previously was executive producer of NBC's 30 Rock and the feature film Sisters, and was a co-producer on the feature film Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. He has directed numerous episodes of NBC's 30 Rock and Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and has appeared in edpisodes of 30 Rock. Richmond was nominated for Emmy Awards for his composition of an original song for an episode of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt in 2017 and for writing contributions to Saturday Night Live's 40th Anniversary Special in 2015. He is the winner of 3 Primetime Emmy Awards and 3 Producers Guild of America Awards for his role as a producer on NBC's 30 Rock.
A 2013 graduate with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, Tee Boyich has had a successful career in the theatre and studio recording world. Before joining the cast of Mean Girls, Boyich was involved in the workshop stage of the musical, participating in a table read and recording demos throughout it's earlier stages of development. She recorded the female vocals for the opening theme to the Netflix original series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt as well as the various female vocals for seasons 1-3. Her voice can be heard on the soundtrack for the short film "The Parker Tribe" which was shown at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. She recorded the theme song and interludes for the pilot of "Cabot College", as well as various other television and movie projects in the pre-production stages.