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Alexis L. Loinaz
October 03, 2016 04:55 PM

Talk about a great way to celebrate Mean Girls Day.

Die-hards got a big treat on Monday, Oct. 3 – the fan-dubbed day in honor of the hit film – with news that a buzzed-about stage adaptation will premiere in Washington, D.C., in the fall of 2017.

The announcement was made on the official Mean Girls Facebook page.

“Happy October 3rd! The Mean Girls Musical is coming to Washington, D.C. Fall of 2017!” read the post, which was accompanied by a GIF that blared “Happy October 3rd” – a date referenced in the film and co-opted by fans to celebrate it.

Talk about a Mean Girls musical has been swirling since as early as 2012. And at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, Tina Fey – the brains behind the film, as well as its screenwriter – teased out new details, saying that the production was still in its early phase and that she was still deciding how closely the musical would hew to the original movie script in today’s age of social media.

“The thing about social media is that it doesn’t dramatize well, but it’s been an ongoing question,” Fey said at the festival. “Do you take out things that are now outdated? Like three-way calling is not a thing.”

The musical, according to Playbill, has tapped Legally Blonde lyricist Nell Benjamin, who is working alongside Fey and her husband Jeffrey Richmond, a composer.

Fey had previously joked that fans may be in for a long wait before the musical arrives. During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live in March, Andy Cohen asked Fey when the production might debut, to which she cracked, “2027. Whenever Hamilton closes … We’re going to wait it out.”

She also torpedoed any hopes that the film’s original cast – Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert and Amanda Seyfried – might be involved in the musical, simply telling Cohen, “No.”

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Lohan – who is recovering from a gnarly injury after a portion of her finger was sliced off during a boating mishap – herself paid tribute to the movie’s enduring legacy, posting an Instagram snap on Monday that called out Mean Girls Day.

Mean Girls became a surprise sleeper hit after it opened in the spring of 2004, ultimately racking up $129 million worldwide, spawning a glut of zeitgeist-busting catchphrases and turning then-newcomers McAdams and Seyfried into stars.

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