Role Playlist: 'Mean Girls' Star Barrett Weed Fangirls Over First Aid Kit, Robyn and Cardi


A number of years in the past, when Barrett Weed was starring as Veronica Sawyer in Heathers: The Musical, she created a playlist of songs to organize for the stage every evening. “It was an ‘80s present, and I needed to heat up for like an hour every single day, so I had a protracted playlist for that one,” she remembers.

Since then, Weed hasn’t as carefully built-in her listening selections together with her performing preparation, however she nonetheless finds that a fantastic playlist “helps [her] settle within the second, for certain” earlier than happening in her present position — the sardonic Janis in Broadway’s Mean Girls.

“I’ve numerous anxiousness, a  fixed stream of ideas,” Weed says. “Music helps me flip it off.”

Below, she takes Billboard via the winter 2018 playlist that’s been serving to her chill earlier than belting onstage eight reveals per week.

“Master Pretender,” First Aid Kit

The Swedish sister-duo are “like, my favourite band,” Weed says. This monitor is “the tune model of the vibe I’m making an attempt to attain [as Janis]. It’s a really ‘up’ tune about unhappy shit. About sort of faking your manner via life. It’s a good suggestion to start out the present with.”

“Mitchell: All I’ve Ever Known” from Hadestown: The Musical

Anais Mitchell’s rootsy musical will come to Broadway in 2019, and Weed loves this stay recording of the off-Broadway manufacturing’s forged. “It’s a stunning acoustic tune about being actually scared to fall in love,” Weed explains of the monitor. “And that’s fully irrelevant to what I do in Mean Girls — I simply love the tune!”

“Heartworms,” The Shins

A Shins fan since highschool, Weed calls the band “angsty and quirky, all the time utilizing weird however to-the-point sound results.” She likes this monitor specifically as a result of “it’s nearly like a joke a couple of Beatles tune — it’s so trite, so self-aware.”

“When I Fall In Love,” Nat King Cole

Before every present, Weed likes to take heed to singers with “phenomenal vocal method — it reminds you to get in contact along with your breath and your placement, all that vital stuff earlier than you go onstage and scream.” She’s floored by Cole specifically. “His method was like a God-given reward. To come out the gate with that beautiful recorded voice? He’s one of many solely artists I feel who can get away with drama on a recording and it’s fully honest," she says.

“Purple Rain,” Prince

As with Cole, Weed is drawn to the mix of drama and sincerity in Prince’s music, in addition to his sexual fluidity. “In the present, we depart Janis’s sexuality open to interpretation,” she says. “She was a straight woman within the film, however within the occasions we’re residing in, I feel it’s vital to incorporate people who find themselves a bit of extra sexually fluid, or non-public about their sexuality. The lyrics of ‘Purple Rain’ might undoubtedly be a narrative for her about maintaining secrets and techniques.”

“I Like It,” Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin

“It’s only a bop,” says Weed with fun. “There’s no different cause this tune is on the record. The beat is sick. And it’s only a record of issues she likes! Something about that makes me chortle.”

“I Wanna Get Better,” Bleachers

Weed calls this a “My Emotions!” tune — good for tapping into teenage angst.

“You Know I’m No Good,” Amy Winehouse

“Another wonderful singer,” Weed says. “It’s so wild to take heed to her recordings understanding what occurred to her. She was actually telling us she was having a tough time, and we have been all simply bopping alongside, pondering it was tongue-in-cheek, and it was not.”

“Hoodie,” Hey Violet

Weed wasn’t conscious of the pop-rock quartet till Spotify advisable it to her. “I used to be like, what’s this? And it’s probably the most teenage-angsty-wonderful tune. Hey Violet can actually tear it up.”

“Be Mine!,” Robyn

“Every single tune she comes out with is a masterpiece,” says Weed of the Swedish pop queen. “I die for Robyn.”

“I’ll Be Seeing You,” Billie Holliday

Weed is a giant fan of older recordings like this one, on which sonic imperfections aren’t masked by Auto-Tune or different technological improvements. As for Holliday, “I don’t want to elucidate the great thing about Billie Holliday. I really like these outdated sentimental songs.”

“In a Sentimental Mood,” Duke Ellington & John Coltrane

Weed hardly ever makes it this far via her playlist by present time, “however this wanted to go on it for ceremony functions. It’s only a very glamorous, fabulous recording!”