Broadway's Mrs. Doubtfire will close at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre May 29. The musical officially opened December 9, 2021, but went on hiatus January 9–April 13 due to breakout cases of COVID within the company.
But don't worry, poppets—the show is not completely vanishing. A U.K. production will play Manchester September 2–October 1, and a national tour is slated to embark in October, 2023. As previously announced, the production has also recorded an original Broadway cast recording, now expected to release in June.
Rob McClure was recently nominated for a 2022 Tony Award for his performance as divorced dad Daniel Hillard and his alter ego, the Scottish nanny Mrs. Doubtfire. McClure stars alongside Jenn Gambatese as Miranda Hillard, Peter Bartlett as Mr. Jolly, Charity Angél Dawson as Wanda Sellner, Mark Evans as Stuart Dunmire, J. Harrison Ghee as Andre Mayem, Analise Scarpaci as Lydia Hillard, and Brad Oscar as Frank Hillard. Read reviews for the production here.
“Even though New York City is getting stronger every day and ticket sales are slowly improving, theatre-going tourists and, especially for our show, family audiences have not returned as soon as we anticipated," explains producer Kevin McCollum. "Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to run the show without those sales, especially when capitalizing with Broadway economics on three separate occasions.
“I would like to express my profound and unending admiration for our extraordinary Broadway cast, crew, orchestra, creative team, and entire company who brought the show to the stage. They have risen to every challenge thrown at them over the last two years with a remarkable amount of resilience, good humor, passion, and love for one another. I hope audiences will come to the Sondheim over the 20 shows to see and celebrate their remarkable performances.”
The production welcomed four new young actors when Broadway performances resumed April 14, all making their Broadway debuts: Titus Landegger and Tyler Wladis, sharing the role of Christopher Hillard; and Austin Elle Fisher and Ava Gail Prince, sharing the role of Natalie Hillard. They are joined onstage by Cameron Adams, Calvin L. Cooper, Kaleigh Cronin, Maria Dalanno, Casey Garvin, David Hibbard, KJ Hippensteel, Aaron Kaburick, Jodi Kimura, Erica Mansfield, Brian Martin, Jaquez André Sims, and Aléna Watters. Swings include Renée Reid, Alexandra Matteo, Travis Waldschmidt, and LaQuet Sharnell Pringle.
The new musical comedy features a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell and music and lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick, the Tony-nominated team behindSomething Rotten! Jerry Zaks directs, with choreography by Lorin Latarro; music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations by Ethan Popp; scenic design by David Korins; costume design by Catherine Zuber; lighting design by Philip S. Rosenberg; sound design by Brian Ronan; hair and wig design by David Brian Brown; and make-up and prosthetics design by Tommy Kurzman.
Rounding out the creative team is Zane Mark as dance arranger, Matthew Smedal as music director, John Miller as music coordinator, Adam John Hunter as production stage manager, Susan Keappock as company manager, Stephen Edlund as associate director, Michaeljon Slinger as associate choreographer, and Kevin McCollum as producer.