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In line with theater productions around the country from Broadway and beyond, the national touring production of "Mean Girls" has canceled its Madison run, scheduled for Tuesday through Sunday at Overture Center.

The show is now set to play Overture Center Aug. 30-Sept. 4. Locally, this is its second pandemic-related postponement; the tour was originally scheduled to play Madison in fall 2020. 

According to Overture staff, ticket holders' seats remain secure. Original tickets will be honored for the new performance dates. Ticket holders will be emailed with their options.

The tour canceled two performances on Sunday in Tulsa, Oklahoma due to breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in the company. "Mean Girls" is an Equity tour (the actors' union). 

The "Mean Girls" musical, written by Tina Fey, Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin, was based on the 2004 film of the same name. It made its Broadway debut in 2018. 

The national tour launched in 2019 and went on hiatus a in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After an 85 week break, the tour resumed in November 2021 in Tempe, Arizona.

Many members of the current cast returned from the first tour. 

"This is a reunion for a lot of us," said Sydney Mei Ruf-Wong, a dancer with roots in Platteville who was in both interations of the touring "Mean Girls" ensemble.

Ruf-Wong said the tour has a "company-wide mask mandate" and is "taking many safety precautions to keep performing."

"There have been a lot of shut-downs recently, and we want to avoid that," she said. 

Overture also recently postponed its concert with Chris Mann, from Jan. 10 to June 3. "What the Constitution Means to Me," a play by Heidi Schreck with a very small cast, is set to run Jan. 22-23 in the Capitol Theater.

The next Broadway tour to come through is set to be "Hairspray," Feb. 22-27. 

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