Tina Fey and composer husband Jeff Richmond have the perfect family dynamic for frequent collaboration. You’ll recognize Richmond’s rich scoring from earlier seasons of SNL, the background of every 30 Rock episode and, most recently, in Fey’s new Netflix series The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Yahoo spoke to Richmond yesterday about his work on Kimmy, particularly the insanely catchy theme song, and eyes widened as the conversation turned to the oft-rumored musical adaptation of 2004’s Mean Girls that he’s working on with Poehler and lyricist Nell Benjamin, who previously worked on the Legally Blonde musical.
“There’s been quite a lot of progress on it. We are circling in on… here’s what I can tell you: We’ve been writing this… Nell Benjamin of Legally Blonde fame, she’s working with us as a lyricist. We’ve been working for a long time now. I’m going to say it’s like 60 percent written, and it’s being staffed creatively… We are looking to do some actual solid readings coming around this summer. The Kimmy Schmidt thing took a lot more time than we all thought, so it slowed some Mean Girls stuff down.”
Though Richmond slowed down the spoiler train there, he revealed the name of one potential track, a ditty called “Old Blonde Song” to be sung by Regina’s mother, a role originated by Amy Poehler.
And in case you’re wondering, Richmond has already confirmed that there will be no song called “Fetch.” It’s never going to happen.