Mrs. Doubtfire is headed to Broadway! The musical adaptation of the classic 1993 film has been in the "early stages" since 2015, which is when we first heard about the project. Alan Menken revealed to Entertainment Weekly that he was composing music with David Zippel writing the lyrics and Broadway veteran Harvey Fierstein writing the book. A year after that, the Oscar-winning composer told Digital Spy that a change of lyricist and convoluted schedules led to the project being put on a "creative hiatus."
Now, however, the creative team behind the musical adaption has officially been brought together. Fox Stage Productions and producer Kevin McCollum announced the news in a joint statement, 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."
Four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks will serve as the musical's director with Something Rotten!'s John O'Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick writing the book. Despite Menken's earlier involvement, music and lyrics will actually be handled by Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick. The cast, remaining creative team, and production schedule are set to be announced at a later date. We can't wait to see what they come up with! Stay tuned for more details as the project comes together.