In 1987 a funny novel, Alias Madame Doubtfire, came into the bookshelves of many stores. Anne Fine, the writer of that novel, did not think that the book would become pop culture phenomenon years after, but it did. Among the most beloved feel-good classics that many people grew up watching is Mrs. Doubtfire. It is hilarious but holds an important message. Packaged as a comedy movie, it is a flick that showcases honesty about family life’s difficulties. And after 30 years since the film premiered and another 37 more years since the novel’s publishing, Mrs. Doubtfire is finally on stage, with banger performances and songs. To capture hearts again, the stage musical is coming to the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis this chilly December. “Carpe dentum. Seize the teeth!”
“It’s just beautiful, heart-wrenching stuff on stage.” – Manchester Evening News
“A good time for all ages is exactly what the audience-friendly, warm-centered, modestly scaled “Mrs. Doubtfire” delivers.” – Daily News
Mrs. Doubtfire’s pitching started in 2015 with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by David Zippel, and a book by Harvey Fierstein. However, the production team changed after the musical’s development continued to drag through the years. However, in 2018, McCollum disclosed that its adaptation still was angling for a Broadway debut, albeit with a completely different production team that included John O’Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick writing the book and Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick composing the score. After this change, Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks took over as the production’s director.
The musical’s plot is similar to the film, telling the story of divorced father Daniel Hillard, who conceals himself as an aged Scottish maid known as Mrs. Doubtfire so that he can spend more time with his kids. It features the same endearing, profoundly moving moments that fans have grown to love. Furthermore, this musical delves deeply into the characters and their relationships while delving into the complexities of divorce and parenting. This stage musical reminds us that families can come together and that we can make it work with just effort. It serves as a reminder that love finds a way every time.
The whole duration of the musical entertains with its 18 songs that include jazzy, rockish, and pop music with different hilarious lyrics. What’s Wrong with This Picture,” “The Mr. Jolly Show,” “The Shape of Things to Come,” and “As Long as There Is Love” are some of its tracks.
After years of development and polishing, Mrs. Doubtfire premiered at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle on November 2019 and officially opened the next month. Due to its high demand, it was extended until January 2020. After a successful run, the musical finally moved to Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Previews of the musical began in March of that year and were planned to open in April. Days after the beginning of previews, Broadway productions were shut down due to Covid-19 restrictions. Mrs. Doubtfire restarted previews in October 2021 and officially came out on December 5 of the same year. The production was halted in January 2022 and came back in April. After 43 previews and 83 regular performances, the production would close in May of that year, one month after it reopened.
Other productions of the musical would later open in the United Kingdom, with the Manchester Opera House production being its first international and UK production. The musical will be moving to the West End at the Shaftesbury Theatre and will premiere on May 12 this year.
Since its premiere in 2021, it has received critical acclaim because of its brilliantly written book, funny and witty dialogue, and excellent music. The tunes are hummable and memorable, and they help to bring the story to life. Mrs. Doubtfire has been a massive success on Broadway and on tour. It has received accolades for its wit, heart, and timeless message.
In 2022, it received many nominations from different award-giving bodies. That year, the musical received two nominations from the Drama Desk Awards: “Outstanding Actor in a Musical” for Rob McClure’s performance as Daniel Hillard/ Mrs. Doubtfire and “Outstanding Wig and Hair Design,” which won. For the Outer Critics Circle Award, it bagged’ six nominations. Lastly, for the Tony Awards, it received one nomination: Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical” again with Rob McClure’s execution as the lead character.
For two hours and 35 minutes, a rollercoaster of emotions will be experienced as Mrs. Doubtfire comes to the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. Catch the performance of the nanny we all want! Get your tickets now.