‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Delays Broadway Reopening to April


Mrs. Doubtfire” has pushed again its return to the Nice White Means.

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The musical, based mostly on the 1993 Robin Williams household comedy of the identical identify, is now set to reopen April 14, a month later than its initially scheduled March 15 return date.

The present’s producer Kevin McCollum confirmed the information to The New York Instances on Friday. Talking concerning the resolution, McCollum defined it was made based mostly on the developments of New York Metropolis COVID-19 instances, in addition to tourism within the metropolis.

“The excellent news is that it appears just like the virus is calming down, however there are nonetheless a whole lot of unknowns,” McCollum told the Instances. “It was simply clear that April was a greater time to open, given the developments with tourism, and occupied with when households and teams will begin to really feel snug.”

The Broadway manufacturing of “Mrs. Doubtfire” has confronted quite a few delays as a result of COVID-19. After a run at Seattle’s fifth Avenue Theatre, the present started previews on the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on March 9, 2020. The present, together with all different Broadway productions, closed on the twelfth because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Mrs. Doubtfire” resumed previews 19. months later, on Oct. 21, and formally opened Dec. 5. Nevertheless, a month later it was introduced that the present would shut down Jan. 10, for an initially deliberate 9-week hiatus.

The choice to quickly shut “Mrs. Doubtfire” coincided with the omicron surge that hit New York Metropolis and resulted within the early endings of quite a few Broadway productions, together with “Diana: The Musical,” “Waitress,” “Jagged Little Capsule,” “Ideas of a Coloured Man” and “Ain’t Too Proud.” “Mrs. Doubtfire” had already cancelled performances as a result of COVID-19 case numbers. The transfer was made as a result of falling viewers attendance numbers as audiences prevented theaters, as a way to be certain that the manufacturing may get monetary savings and return when ticket gross sales elevated. The closure has resulted within the 115-person solid and crew shedding their jobs with out pay, though McCollum has said that your complete solid has been invited again when the present reopens.

The music and lyrics of “Mrs. Doubtfire” are written by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick, with Karey Kirkpatrick writing the present’s guide with John O’Farrell. The Broadway manufacturing is directed by Jerry Zaks with choreography by Lorin Latarro and music supervision, preparations and orchestrations by Ethan Popp. Rob McClure leads the solid within the title function of Daniel Hillard/Mrs Doubtfire, with Jenn Gambatese, Brad Oscar, Peter Bartlett, Charity Angél Dawson, Mark Evans, J. Harrison Ghee, Analise Scarpaci, Jake Ryan Flynn, Avery Promote and Jodi Kimura rounding out the ensemble. The musical relies on the script of the unique “Mrs. Doubtfire” movie, written by Randi Mayem Singer and Leslie Dixon.

Evaluations for the manufacturing have been combined when it premiered. Variety‘s Naveen Kumar wrote that “even within the belabored custom of screen-to-stage musical variations, ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ is doggedly risk-averse, choosing handsomely outfitted, trustworthy simulacrum over reinvention or shock. ‘Hairspray’ it’s not.”


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