Last year it was discovered that Mrs. Doubtfire 2 was in the works at Fox 2000, more than a decade after the original was released. However, in light of the tragic death of Robin Williams, doubt was cast over whether this would actually see the light of day. Well, we’re here to tell you that it looks like Mrs. Doubtfire will return after all, but on the Broadway stage as a musical.
Celebrated composer of film and stage Alan Menken went on EW Radio Thursday morning to reveal that he’s currently working on the score for a Mrs. Doubtfire musical. This was all he said:
It’s going very well, it’s in its early stages, and that’s probably all I can say. ... We’re really enjoying working on it.
The possibility for a Mrs. Doubtfire musical began back when Fox embarked on an undertaking with Broadway producer Kevin McCollum to adapt some of their films for the stage. This was back in 2013, and at the time McCollum spoke about the potential payoffs and risks. For one, the story seems tailor made for Broadway. A father who poses as a British nanny in order to spend time with his kids during a custody battle would resonate well with theater audiences looking for family friendly fair. The biggest fear, according to The New York Times, was that people wouldn’t embrace anyone else besides Williams in the role.
Reportedly, the legendary comic’s death was also the reason why Fox didn’t want to move ahead with Mrs. Doubtfire 2. Though there has been no officially announced decision at this point, Variety predicted that the studio would most likely put a permanent stopper on this project. The role was one of Williams’ most groundbreaking and memorable parts of his entire career. We’ll always remember that now famous story of how he walked into a sex shop dressed in full Doubtfire attire and attempted to buy a double-headed dildo.
There’s a long history of movies getting Broadway musical adaptations, though not all have been major hits. For one, someone should have waved one or two red flags on that Spider-Man musical before it went live on stage. But Mrs. Doubtfire seems like the stuff Broadway magic is made from. And if you ask us, it’ll do better on the stage than it would further developed as a big-screen sequel. While Menken is busy composing the music, his Hercules buddy David Zippel is writing the lyrics and Harvey Fierstein (who had a role in Mrs. Doubtfire) is working on the book. Other films that were mentioned offhandedly by McCollum for possible musical treatments were The Devil Wears Prada and Waitress, but none have quite the same charm.