"Mrs. Doubtfire" is about to hang up her cardigan sweater and put away her brown brogue shoes for the last time. Producers of the Broadway musical announced late Thursday that it will close May 29.
Based on the 1993 movie comedy starring the late Robin Williams, "Mrs. Doubtfire" has had a hard time finding an audience. The show was originally set to open two years ago and had begun previews on March 9, 2020, before the coronavirus pandemic shut down Broadway three days later. "Doubtfire" finally opened in December to lukewarm reviews.
The surge in positive COVID cases due to the omicron variant last winter led to "Doubtfire" canceling several performances in December. On Jan. 3, producers announced that the musical would shut down for nine weeks and reopen March 15. In February, the reopening was pushed back to April 14.
“Even though New York City is getting stronger every day and ticket sales are slowly improving, theatergoing tourists and, especially for our show, family audiences have not returned as soon as we anticipated," producer Kevin McCollum said in a statement. "Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to run the show without those sales, especially when capitalizing with Broadway economics on three separate occasions.”
"Doubtfire" stars Rob McClure taking on Williams' screen role as a divorced dad who dons drag and gets a job as his children's new nanny in order to spend time with them. McClure received a Tony Award nomination for best actor in a musical on Monday. It was the show's sole Tony nod.
'GIRL' TO EXTEND RUN. In other Broadway news, producers of "The Girl From the North Country," the Depression-era musical featuring the songs of Bob Dylan, announced Friday that the show will extend its Broadway run for an additional week and will now wrap on June 19.
Several other limited-engagement Broadway productions also announced additional performances last week. "Plaza Suite" starring the husband and wife team of Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, will now continue through July 10. The revival of the Neil Simon comedy had been set to close on July 1. And "How I Learned to Drive" starring Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse added two more weeks of performances and will finish on June 12.