The Broadway musical “Mrs. Doubtfire,” which closed temporarily last month as Omicron battered New York, introduced Friday that it will postpone its reopening till April 14, a month later than anticipated, to present the theater financial system a bit extra time to rebound.
“The excellent news is that it appears just like the virus is calming down, however there are nonetheless a whole lot of unknowns,” stated the present’s lead producer, Kevin McCollum. “It was simply clear that April was a greater time to open, given the developments with tourism, and fascinated about when households and teams will begin to really feel snug.”
The hiatus left the present’s solid, crew and musicians with out work (no less than at “Doubtfire”), however McCollum stated he thought it was the easiest way to aim to protect their jobs long run. And on Friday, he stated he had invited your entire solid to return, and was hopeful that they might achieve this.
The musical, tailored from the favored 1993 movie, has traveled a bumpy street: After an out-of-town run at fifth Avenue Theater in Seattle, it started previews on Broadway on March 9, 2020, simply three days earlier than the coronavirus pandemic compelled all theaters to shut. After a 19-month hiatus, the present resumed previews final October and opened Dec. 5, to mixed reviews, simply as Omicron was inflicting circumstances to spike once more.
“If there was an award for worst timing for a producer, I’ll take that award,” McCollum stated. “My timing was horrible.”
However McCollum stated he believes that the present will work if given an opportunity, and that he’s dedicated to making an attempt to protect the roles of his firm, lots of whom have been engaged on the present for a number of years.
“The best path would have been to say, ‘OK, we’re completed,’ however the present was telling us we’re not completed,” he stated. “We simply by no means received our sea legs due to Omicron.”
One extra benefit to reopening in April: Tony nominators and voters who didn’t catch the present earlier than it started its hiatus on Jan. 10 will now have one other probability to take action earlier than casting their ballots. (This 12 months’s Tony calendar has not but been introduced, however the season is anticipated to finish in late April, adopted by nominations, voting and an awards ceremony.)
“Mrs. Doubtfire” was written by Karey Kirkpatrick, Wayne Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, and directed by Jerry Zaks. A second manufacturing of the present is scheduled to start performances in Manchester, England, in September.
“Mrs. Doubtfire” was the primary of three Broadway shows to announce a brief closing because the Omicron surge brought on audiences to dwindle — “To Kill a Mockingbird” closed on Jan. 16 and stated it will reopen at a unique theater on June 1, whereas “Lady From the North Nation” closed Jan. 23 and stated it hoped to reopen within the spring. (Six different reveals closed for good.)
Unions representing actors and musicians didn’t instantly reply to requests for touch upon the “Mrs. Doubtfire” plans. D. Joseph Hartnett, the stagecraft division director on the Worldwide Alliance of Theatrical Stage Workers (IATSE), stated that his union, which represents stagehands, had not had but heard from the present and “presumes the manufacturing has and nonetheless is formally closed.”