Thursday, January 30, 2020

Mrs. Doubtfire (Musical): Tipstor’s Choice

Summary: Mrs. Doubtfire is an upcoming musical with a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell and music and lyrics by Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick, based on the 1993 Twentieth Century Fox film of the same name (which is based on the 1987 novel Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine). This screen-to-stage musical boasts a star turn by Rob McClure, but needs major work before it hits Broadway.

Playwrights: Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, based on the Twentieth Century Fox Motion Picture

Lyricists: Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatick

Directed by: Jerry Zaks



The show is first and foremost funny. The songs are catchy, with almost no throwaway numbers. The cast compliments each other well, with the kids just thoroughly doing everything right. The choreography is crisp, clear and energetically engaging. The set design is stimulating and evokes the right emotional weight for each scene. We honestly found the first half of the musical to be about as pleasing and perfect as any night of comedic musical theater I’ve ever experienced. People were beaming with excitement.


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