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Some two dozen celebrities — including Melanie Griffith, Amanda Seyfried, Peter Dinklage and Pablo Schreiber — threw themselves onstage Monday with little rehearsal and little sleep — and survived.

They appeared in the 14th annual benefit “The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway,” which asked the actors and several writers and directors to come up with six original short plays over the course of a day. Proceeds help the Urban Arts Partnership.

One play was set in a furniture store. Another was at a casting agency looking to hire an actor for a beer commercial. A third was in a hotel lobby with two sisters — one communicating only through a kazoo — who waited to meet a wizard.

There were jokes about Ebola and Kim Kardashian. At one point, Griffith just lost it and giggled onstage. At another point “Saturday Night Live” star Jay Pharoah came out in ripped up pants that did nothing to cover his rump. A prop chainsaw was used several times.

The other stars who participated included Justin Bartha, Leslie Bibb, Katrina Bowden, Mark Consuelos, Laverne Cox, Rachel Dratch, Michael Ealy, Taran Killam, Justin Long, Stephen Merchant, Diane Neal, Rosie Perez, Leven Rambin, Sam Rockwell, Sebastian Stan, Cecily Strong and Tracie Thoms.

“There were a few people with lines written on their arms,” said Neal, who has starred in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and is a veteran at the 24-hour plays. “But then they got really sweaty so it all went horribly awry.”

The directors included America Ferrera (“Ugly Betty”), Ari Edelson (“One Night Stand”), Kathy Najimy (“Veronica’s Closet”), acting coach Leigh Kilton Smith and director and educator Peter Ellenstein.

Writers included Christina Anderson (“Good Goods”), Bekah Brunstetter (“Oohrah!”), comedian David Cross, David Lindsay Abaire (“Rabbit Hole”), Jiehae Park (“Hannah and the Dread Gazebo”) and Jonathan Marc Sherman (“Things We Want”). Sarwat Siddiqui, the winner of a young writers’ project from Fordham University, joined the playwrights.

In Cross’ play, titled “Darkness Falls on St. Petersburg,” for no apparent reason, the playwright mocked Long and Seyfried, and pretty much every character, male and female, was obsessed with David Cross. In Sherman’s play, Seyfried sang both versions of the song “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift and Mariah Carey as if she was in the opera.

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My thanks to my friend Ali for donating scans from the Mean Girls Reunion featured in Entertainment Weekly.


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Magazines: 2014: Entertainment Weekly (November 14)





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If you happened to be anywhere near the Internet on Oct. 3, you probably noticed an outpouring of nostalgia for 2004’s Mean Girls. The reason? A throwaway line uttered by Lindsay Lohan’s Cady: “It’s October 3rd.”

That may seem a pretty slim thread to hang an entire day on, but it’s indicative of the fervent fan base for this new-classic teen comedy. Written by Tina Fey and directed by Mark Waters (Vampire Academy), Mean Girls stars Lohan as a high school student at a new school who infiltrates the Plastics, a group of nasty popular girls led by queen bee Regina (Rachel McAdams) and her underlings: insecure Gretchen (Lacey Chabert) and dumb-as-a-stump Karen (Amanda Seyfried). The film became a surprise sleeper hit, earning $129 million worldwide and gaining an even bigger following on DVD. In the decade since, Mean Girls has joined Clueless and Sixteen Candles in the teen-comedy canon.

For its 10th anniversary, EW invited the film’s female leads to our own little pep rally, where they talked about their memories, behind-the-scenes magic, and what they think their characters would be doing now.
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Magazines: 2014: W Magazine (April)