Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Broadway Downs and Ups: “Mrs. Doubtfire” Musical Closing Before Tonys, Two Plays Extend Runs


Broadway is not for the faint of heart even in a good economy.

But with inflation soaring and COVID lurking, keeping a show going is not an easy business.

So there’s good news and bad news. Good news first: “For Colored Girls” and “How I Learned to Drive” are extending their runs by two weeks. The former has had a last minute surge after announcing its closing. Super fans rushed in to help, and the effort worked. Catch both plays before they end their runs soon.

The bad news is that “Mrs. Doubtfire,” the musical based on the Robin Williams movie, is done. They’re closing on May 29th. “Mrs. Doubtfire” was severely hampered first by the pandemic, closing and re-opening three times. But the show didn’t get any major Tony nods, just a Best Actor citation for star Rob McClure. The producers will reboot it with US and UK national tours starting in the fall.

Some other shows are in jeopardy and we’ll be hearing about their fates soon. All this news means the Tony race gets hotter because the winners will cash in and the losers will have struggles. More on that later…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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