Classic family film Mrs Doubtfire is finally becoming a Broadway musical.
Four-time winner of the Tony award Jerry Zaks will direct the stage adaptation, with Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell set to write the show’s book. Along with Karey, Wayne Kirkpatrick is on board for music and lyrics.
Kevin McCollum and Bob Cohen of Fox Stage Productions made a joint statement to Entertainment Weekly, saying: “Mrs Doubtfire is such a beloved story, both laugh-out-loud hilarious and extremely moving.
“Getting this team together and crafting Mrs Doubtfire for the stage has been pure joy. We can’t wait to get into production.”
Chris Columbus’ 1994 movie starred Robin Williams in the title role as a divorced husband desperate to maintain a relationship with his children following the loss of custody.
His weapon of choice is to disguise himself as the children’s new nanny, an old-fashioned British lady who brings order and wonder to their lives.
The supporting cast was just as memorable, with Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field and Matilda herself Mara Wilson bringing the story to life.
We can only hope that the musical will feature the house party scene populated by farm animals (let’s not forget House of Pain’s ‘Jump Around’ blasting in the background).
Legendary composer Alan Menken was involved in the project at one stage, but admitted he didn’t know what would happen with it back in 2016.
He told Digital Spy at the time: “Mrs Doubtfire went through a change of lyricist, and then also a dramaturgical evolution. At the moment, the best thing I could say is that it’s on a creative hiatus.”
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