The Stephen Sondheim Theatre is going to be the home of everyone’s favorite nanny when Mrs. Doubtfire takes up residence there in the spring of 2020. The new musical, with a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell and music and lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick (the Tony Award-nominated team behind Something Rotten!), will begin previews there on March 9, 2020, toward an April 5th opening. Jerry Zaks (Hello, Dolly!) will direct the new musical comedy with Lorin Latarro (Waitress) providing the choreography. Ethan Popp (Tina) will serve as Music Supervisor. Prior to it’s Broadway opening, Mrs. Doubtfire will have its world premiere at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, running from Tuesday, November 26 to Sunday, December 29.
Playing the role of the titular character will be Rob McClure (Beetlejuice, Something Rotten!) as a divorced dad going undercover as an elderly nanny in order to spend more time with his kids. Joining him will be Jenn Gambatese as Miranda Hillard, Brad Oscar as Frank Hillard, Analise Scarpaci as Lydia Hillard, Jake Ryan Flynn as Christopher Hillard, Avery Sell as Natalie Hillard, J. Harrison Ghee as Andre, Mark Evans as Stuart Dunmeyer, Charity Angél Dawson as Wanda Sellner and Peter Bartlett as Mr. Jolly. Further casting will be announced at a later date.
Producer Kevin McCollum said, “It’s great to be back with Karey, Wayne, and John – and working with Jerry has been a dream of mine. They do comedy and family like no one else – and bringing this beloved story to life as a hilarious and touching musical comedy is an irresistible opportunity.”
Mrs. Doubtfire will feature a creative team that includes David Korins (Scenic Design), Catherine Zuber (Costume Design) Philip Rosenberg (Lighting Design), Brian Ronan (Sound Design) and David Brian Brown (Hair & Wig Design).
“When out-of-work actor Daniel Hillard loses custody of his kids in a divorce, he disguises himself as Scottish nanny Euphegenia Doubtfirein a desperate attempt to stay in their lives. As he gets lost in his new persona and grows closer to his kids, Mrs. Doubtfire teaches Daniel more than he bargained for about how to be a father.”
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His forthcoming book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, will hit the shelves in October, 2019. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.
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