‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ takes Broadway hiatus, citing Covid-19
The show has canceled performances from January 10 to March 14.
Mrs. Doubtfire is taking a break, poppets. The Broadway musical adaptation of the 1993 comedy film has announced a nine-week hiatus, with performances canceled from January 10 to March 14. The show is set to reopen at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on March 15.
Producer Kevin McCollum cited the impact of Covid-19 as the reason for the hiatus. “The first few months of a brand new Broadway show are an extraordinarily delicate and important period of time,” he said in a statement. “With the pervasiveness of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, Mrs. Doubtfire would have to close permanently if the production didn’t take drastic, pro-active measures.”
McCollum also stated, “Mrs. Doubtfire has been in development for six years. We are doing everything in our power to keep the virus from prematurely ending our run on Broadway. By taking this break we can afford to launch an extended run starting in March.”
Three Broadway shows — Jagged Little Pill, Waitress, and Thoughts of a Colored Man — did announce immediate, permanent closures in December, all citing the pandemic. Another show, Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations, will close on January 16, though a reason was not specified.
Mrs. Doubtfire opened on Broadway on December 5, 2021, after resuming preview performances on October 21. The show was originally scheduled to open in 2020 and played three performances in March of that year before being forced to close indefinitely with the rest of Broadway.
The musical was also one of the first shows to cancel performances due to the most recent surge of Covid-19 cases, pausing shows from December 12-21, 2021. Performances resumed December 22, and all performances scheduled through January 9 are currently still on. Find out more about Broadway show cancellations and which shows are playing right now.
In the Mrs. Doubtfire musical, Rob McClure stars as Daniel Hillard, an out-of-work actor and devoted father who’s divorced from his wife. In a desperate effort to see his three children, he adopts the disguise of the elderly, British Euphegenia Doubtfire and works as the children’s nanny, bringing the family together in the process.