The classic 1993 family film Mrs. Doubtfire and the 1987 book Alias Madame Doubtfire that it was based on are to be adapted into a Broadway musical.
Fox Stage Productions and famed theatre producer Kevin McCollum announced the news in 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.”
The new musical will be written by John O’Farrell, Karey Kirkpatrick, and Wayne Kirkpatrick – best known as the creators of the Shakespearean musical comedy Something Rotten!. Jerry Zaks, a four-time Tony Award winner, will be directing it.
The prospect of a Mrs. Doubtfire musical was first raised in 2015, when Entertainment Weekly reported that Alan Menken – best known for his work writing music for The Little Mermaid and other Disney classics – claimed that he was working on an adaptation with writers David Zippel and Harvey Fierstein, who appeared in the 1993 film as Frank Hillard.
A year later, Menken told Digital Spy that the project had been put on hold. “at the moment, the best thing I could say is that it’s on a creative hiatus,” he said.
While on a promotional tour for Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, he was asked what other 90’s classic the actor would want to rework for the modern day: “I’ll stay on the Robin Williams train and say that if I could jump into Mrs. Doubtfire,” he told CinemaBlend. “That was a very amazing performance on both ends for him. I think that’s one I’d love to get to play in.”