Mrs. Doubtfire, The Musical in Theater, 2021-2022 Performance Schedule
“Oh, helloooooo!” If you just read that in Mrs. Doubtfire’s famous Scottish accent, you need to see the movie-to-musical adaptation that’s taking over Broadway. Some of the hilarious moments from the 1993 film are even funnier onstage, like the “Jump Around” dance sequence and Mrs. Doubtfire (aka, Daniel Hillard) throwing jabs at Miranda’s new boyfriend every chance she gets. One of the great Robin William’s most legendary characters comes to life on stage, and it’s a beautifully bittersweet experience.
Mrs. Doubtfire premiered in New York City in late 2019 and only played at Stephen Sondheim Theatre for several months before the pandemic made Broadway go dark. However, the show is now back and bigger than ever, with performances scheduled through May 2022!
Mrs. Doubtfire, as a stage adaptation, closely follows the film – with many lines even stated word-for-word. Recently divorced father Daniel Hillard is a loving but often unreliable voice actor who becomes distraught after his ex-wife Miranda is granted full custody of their three children. Desperate to spend more time with his kids, he enlists the help of his makeup artist brother to pose as an elderly Scottish nanny for his ex-wife.
As he spends his days with the kids as Mrs. Doubtfire, he picks up new skills, betters himself, and discovers more about the meaning of family. Anybody who has seen the movie knows that he can’t keep up the schtick forever, but it’s pretty funny to watch him try.
Let’s make one thing clear… there’s no replacing the absolute genius that was Robin Williams. His performance as Daniel Hillard is what made Mrs. Doubtfire a colossal hit, and we all still miss him terribly. But the musical puts its own take on the title character that’s just as funny – in a modern way.
The Scottish nanny weaves in modern pop culture references to Donald Trump, Justin Bieber, and Paula Deen while adding depth to the character with a longer running time and musical numbers. Most of the show’s 20-something tunes are funny and enjoyable, even if they’re not the next “Defying Gravity.”
“As Long as There is Love” is the powerful closing number showing that families come in all forms, with lyrics sweeter than that trendy edible cookie dough you indulged in before the show. Yes, it exists in NYC. The other characters also get a few solos. Miranda’s rage comes out in “He Lied to Me,” while the kids have their moment in the father-daughter duet “Just Pretend” and “That’s Daniel.”
Oh, and then there’s the blowout “I Created a Monster,” in which multiple Mrs. Doubtfires appear onstage in a bit of a drag show apocalypse. It’s as endearing and terrifying as it sounds… which is exactly why you need to see the hit film take the stage. You’ll laugh, cry, and laugh again, reminiscing on the power of this 28-year-old film and the incredible man who made it such a success. Check the performance schedule below and get your Mrs. Doubtfire tickets now!