Initial details for the screen to stage adaptation of a musical version of Mrs Doubtfire have been confirmed, and the musical will be heading to Broadway. US theatre producers Fox Stage Productions and Kevin McCollum have confirmed the first steps for the musical version of the hit film, and reportedly cannot wait to get into production.
Based on the 1993 film starring the late Robin Williams, the musical will be written by John O’Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick (Something Rotten!), with music and lyrics by Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick. Four-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Zaks (Hello, Dolly!, A Bronx Tale) will direct the production. Mrs Doubtfire is a beloved story, both laugh-out-loud hilarious and rather moving, so the project sounds hugely exciting.
Mrs Doubtfire follows struggling actor Daniel Hillard (played by Robin Williams in the film) as he loses custody of his children and disguises himself as Euphegenia Doubtfire, a British nanny, in order to get closer to them. The movie won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Actor for Williams.
It is not the first time the movie has been earmarked for the stage. Back in 2015 Alan Menken (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast) told Entertainment Weekly that he was in the ‘early stages’ of developing the show with collaborators David Zippel and Harvey Fierstein – who played Williams’ brother Frank in the film. It is now full steam ahead for the musical production, set to delight fans of both musical theatre and the film itself.
Casting and and further dates and details have yet to be announced.