Mrs. Doubtfire is the latest Broadway production to go on hiatus on January 10 following growing Omicron cases. Producers announced Sunday that the show will return to the Stephen Sondheim Theater on March 14.
“The first months of a brand new Broadway show are an extremely delicate and important period. With the pervasiveness of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, Mrs. Doubtfire would have to close permanently if production did not take drastic, proactive measures, “said producer Kevin McCollum in a statement.
“Out of concern for the long-term potential employment of everyone working on it Mrs. Doubtfire, and the extended run of the show, we have decided that after the January 9 show, production will close for nine weeks, back on March 15, “he added.
McCollum hopes the hiatus will prevent production from “ending prematurely.” [its] walk on Broadway. He said, “by taking this break, we can afford to start an extended run starting in March.”
The musical, an adaptation of the Something Rock! team from the 1993 Robin Williams film with book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell and music and lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick, played only three preview performances in the spring of 2020 for the sector-wide pandemic shutdown.
Mrs. Doubtfire is directed by Jerry Zaks, and stars Rob McClure (Beetlejuice, Chaplin) in the title role.