A bunch of beloved movies have been turned into Broadway musicals in recent years, and it looks like "Mrs. Doubtfire" will officially be joining their ranks: The long-gestating project just landed a new creative team and is beginning production soon.
Fox Stage Productions announced the exciting news on Tuesday, revealing that the 1993 film, starring the late Robin Williams, was set to hit the Great White Way. Jerry Zaks, a four-time Tony winner and eight-time nominee who directed the recent hit revival of "Hello, Dolly!," will be directing.
John O’Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick ("Something Rotten!") are writing the book, while Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick are penning the music and lyrics. The rest of the creative team, as well as the cast, are set to be announced "at a later date," according to a press release.
A "Mrs. Doubtfire" musical was previously in the works back in 2015, with veteran Disney composer Alan Menken ("The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast," "Aladdin," literally every other animated Disney musical you loved) working on the music. At the time, Menken said the project -- which also had "Mrs. Doubtfire" star and Broadway vet Harvey Fierstein attached to write the book -- was "going very well," though it eventually fizzled.
With this new team on board, however, it looks like the comedy is finally on track to actually make its Broadway debut.
“'Mrs. Doubtfire' is such a beloved story, both laugh-out-loud hilarious and extremely moving," said producer Kevin McCollum and Bob Cohen of Fox Stage Productions in a joint statement. "Getting this team together and crafting 'Mrs. Doubtfire' for the stage has been pure joy. We can’t wait to get into production.”
No word yet on when production is set to start, or when it might actually hit the stage. Stay tuned.
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