Mrs. Doubtfire musical advances to Broadway

Bre Scott, Staff Writer

Over 20 years has passed since the appearance of Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire, and now the 1993 film has transformed into a musical starring a variety of Broadway stars. Some fans of the original movie are concerned about transforming Mrs. Doubtfire into a musical, especially with honoring Robin Williams’s legacy at stake. Nonetheless, Tony-nominee Rob Mclure (formerly in Chaplin and Beetlejuice) is cast to play Mrs. Doubtfire/Daniel Hillard, while Jenn Gambatese, Brad Oscar (Something Rotten!, The Producers), Analise Scarpaci (Matilda), Jake Ryan Flynn (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), and Avery Sell will play the rest of the Hillard family. 

The synopsis is similar to the original movie’s with a newly-divorced comedian decides creating an elderly nanny persona in order to be closer to his children. The musical’s book, created by Tony-nominated Something Rotten! creators John O’Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick, was originally written to allow room for music to be smoothly added. Mrs. Doubtfire’s creative score was officially written by Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick, yet it is still a secret that many fans are anxious to hear. Not only does Mrs. Doubtfire have Broadway-renowned people writing its score and book, but it also has four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks directing its 2020 run; Zaks is known for his genius directing in shows such as Sister Act (2011), Hello, Dolly! (2017), Meteor Shower (2017), and many more. 

While many fans are getting wind of the new musical, Mrs. Doubtfire has just begun its advertising campaign with tickets officially on sale now. Before its run on Broadway, Mrs. Doubtfire is scheduled to have its world premiere in Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre on November 26, ahead of its opening night on December 13. The Broadway run has already been scheduled to start on April 5, 2020, at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre with tickets as low as $59 available to purchase ahead of time.