Jerry Zaks Will Direct Broadway-Aimed Musical Mrs. Doubtfire

Broadway News   Jerry Zaks Will Direct Broadway-Aimed Musical Mrs. Doubtfire
 
The new musical will be written by Something Rotten! co-creators John O’Farrell, Karey Kirkpatrick, and Wayne Kirkpatrick.
Robin Williams in <i>Mrs. Doubtfire</i>
Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire Twentieth Century Fox

Four-time Tony winner Jerry Zaks, most recently represented on Broadway with the Tony-winning revival of Hello, Dolly!, has been named the director of the Broadway-bound musical Mrs. Doubtfire, based on Anne Fine's best-selling novel Alias Madame Doubtfire and the 1993 comedy of the same name.

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Jerry Zaks Joseph Marzullo/WENN

The musical will be penned by the Tony-nominated creators of Something Rotten!: John O'Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick (book) and Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick (music and lyrics). Casting, additional creative team, and a production schedule will be announced at a later date.

These artists mark a full shift from the creative team that was announced in 2015: Tony Award winners Alan Menken, David Zippel, and Harvey Fierstein, who appeared in the Golden Globe-winning film.

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In a joint statement, producers Kevin McCollum and Bob Cohen of Fox Stage Productions said, “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.”

Mrs. Doubtfire follows the journey of a struggling actor who will go to any length to be with his children after he loses custody in a bitter divorce, disguising himself as a matronly British woman and taking a job as their nanny, in his ex-wife’s home.

Robin Williams starred in the best-selling comedy of 1993. The film took home Golden Globe Awards for Williams (Best Actor in a Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy) and Best Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy.

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