Mrs. Doubtfire, the Broadway Musical: A Review

Mrs. Doubtfire is one of the popular movies that made its transition from a wild success on the screen to a Broadway musical. Broadway alum Rob McClure leads the cast as Scottish nanny Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire, following in the footsteps of late great Robin Williams.

Creative

Mrs. Doubtfire features a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell. Karey and his brother Wayne Kirkpatrick are also the authors of the music and the lyrics. Four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks (Hello, Dolly!) directs and Lorin Latarro (Waitress) choreographs.

Cast of Mrs. Doubtfire on Broadway

Musical veteran Rob McClure stars as protagonists Daniel Hillard and his cross-dressing ego Mrs. Doubtfire. McClure famously played all the puppets in Avenue Q, and his last role was as Adam Maitland in Beetlejuice. He reunites with the Kirkpatricks after Something Rotten!

Further cast members include Jennifer Gambatese, Analise Scarpaci, Jake Ryan Flynn, Avery Sell, and more!

Some serious topics

Mrs. Doubtfire is a great comedy both on-screen and as a Broadway musical. However, it shows us in a very subtle way the impact of divorce on children and parents. And Daniel is clearly the issue here. McClure manages to portrait the unemployed actor not only as a goof but as a jerk. He’s so immature that even his baby daughter Nattie finds his behavior childish. However, Daniel’s character progression and Rob’s excellent play redeem him completely through the avatar of Mrs. Doubtfire.

Plot summary  

Daniel Hillard was fired for making pizza ads and threw a boisterous birthday party for his adolescent son Christopher, it became the last straw for his wife Miranda, the breadwinner of the family, so she ended their marriage.

Daniel had lost his love to Christopher, Natalie, and Lydia. Before he took action, the heartbroken father could only see offspring once a week (“I want to be there”). When Daniel turned into a full-body costume made by makeup artists Frank and Frank’s husband. With that make-up, he was hired as his children’s nanny. And so, Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire was born!

When Daniel cleverly disguised himself as the passionate and wise Mrs. D, he was mature enough to win over those he loved, despite…a few close shaves. He even uses his manly voice to scare off a visiting social worker.

His strategy comes to a hard test in the luxurious restaurant, where Daniel shuttles between his job interview and family dinner, playing Mrs. Doubtfire. The passionate flamenco song is a running gag because of its name “He lied to me”, laughing at his game.

Both the movie and the Broadway musical of Mrs. Doubtfire had the same message – that family is above everything else.

Music

Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick are famous for their sweet music numbers. Probably the most prominent music acts here can be considered Bam! You’re Rockin Now, I Want to Be There, and Cooking Montage / Easy Peasy.

Where to see Mrs. Doubtfire, the Broadway musical

You can see Mrs. Doubtfire at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. The venue has 1026 seats, and prior to our beloved nanny, it was home to Slava’s Snowshow and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

A wheelchair-accessible unisex restroom is located on the second level of the theater. Other restrooms are on the lower level of the theater, one flight of stairs down from the Orchestra.

Schedule

  • 24 – 28 November – Wednesday @8pm, Friday @2pm, and 8pm, Saturday @2pm and 8pm, Sunday @2pm and 8pm
  • November 30 – December 5 – Tuesday @8pm, Wednesday @8pm, Thursday @8pm, Friday @8pm, Saturday @2pm, and 8pm, Sunday
  • 7 – 12 December – Wednesday @7pm, Thursday @7pm, Friday @8pm, Saturday @2pm and 8pm, Sunday @2pm and 7:30pm
  • 14 – 19 December – Tuesday @7pm, Wednesday @7pm, Thursday @7pm, Friday @8pm, Saturday @2pm, and 8pm, Sunday @2pm and 7:30pm
  • 20 – 26 December – Tuesday @7pm, Wednesday @2pm and 8pm, Thursday @7pm, Saturday @7pm, Sunday @2pm, and 7:30pm
  • December 27 – January 2 – Monday @2pm and 8pm, Tuesday @7pm, Wednesday @2pm, and 8pm, Thursday @2pm and 7pm, Saturday @7pm, Sunday @3pm

In conclusion

Hello, poppets!!! Mrs. Doubtfire is finally on Broadway and the iconic comedy finally has its worthy musical heir. The hilarious and heartfelt story about holding onto your loved ones against all odds is the musical comedy we need right now!

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