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Exclusive: National tour of ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ musical recoups investment

The tour made back its money after playing 29 weeks of performances.

(L-R) Maggie Lakis and Rob McClure in the national tour of “Mrs. Doubtfire,” 2023 (Credit: Joan Marcus)

Producers of the North American tour of the “Mrs. Doubtfire” musical have announced a recoupment of its $5 million investment after 29 weeks on the road.

The touring production launched at Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, NY, on Sept. 24, 2023. It is currently booked through Nov. 2024, with upcoming engagements set for Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Based on the 1993 film, “Mrs. Doubtfire” follows out-of-work actor Daniel Hillard, who will do anything for his kids. After losing custody in a messy divorce, he creates the kindly alter ego of Scottish nanny Euphegenia Doubtfire in a desperate attempt to stay in their lives. As his new character takes on a life of its own, Mrs. Doubtfire teaches Daniel more than he bargained for about how to be a father.

The cast of the tour is led by Rob McClure reprising his Tony Award-nominated turn as Daniel Hillard/Euphegenia Doubtfire with Maggie Lakis as Miranda Hillard. Rounding out the principal cast are Giselle Gutierrez as Lydia Hillard, Aaron Kaburick as Frank Hillard, Nik Alexander as Andre Mayem, Leo Roberts as Stuart Dunmire, Romelda Teron Benjamin as Wanda Sellner, Sam Bird and Axel Bernard Rimmele alternating as Christopher Hillard and Emerson Mae Chan and Charlotte Sydney Harrington alternating as Natalie Hillard. 

The cast also includes David Hibbard, Alex Branton, Jonathan Hoover, Sheila Jones, Julie Kavanagh, Jodi Kimura, Ian Liberto, Marquez Linder, Naderah Munajj, JP Qualters, Alex Ringler, Bianca Rivera-Irions, Lannie Rubio, Neil Starkenberg, Joey Stone, Gina Ward, Lauryn Withnell and Julia Yameen. Casting is by Craig Burns of the Telsey Office.

Along with McClure, cast members from the musical’s Main Stem company include Kaburick, Hibbard and Kimura. The Broadway production of “Mrs. Doubtfire” began previews on March 9, 2020 and, after the COVID-induced shutdown, officially opened on Dec. 5, 2021 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. The Broadway staging concluded its run on May 29, 2022.

With direction by Jerry Zaks, the musical features a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell and music and lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick; choreography by Lorin Latarro; music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Ethan Popp; scenic design by David Korins; costume design by Catherine Zuber; lighting design by Philip S. Rosenberg; sound design by Brian Ronan and Craig Cassidy; and hair/wig design by David Brian Brown.

“‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ is one of the most beloved stories about putting family above all else in both challenging times and good times. North America has truly embraced our show, which encourages leading with love,” said lead producer Kevin McCollum in a statement. “Being able to share the power of laughter and love with audiences each night brings the company such joy. We look forward to ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’’s L.A. premiere next week, along with our characters’ “homecoming” to San Francisco for four weeks this summer.”

In addition to McCollum, the “Mrs. Doubtfire” tour is produced by Jamie Wilson, Gavin Kalin, Hunter Arnold, LAMS Productions, Nicole Eisenberg, Boyett/Miller, James L. Nederlander, Ayal Miodovnik, Sing Out Louise Productions, Bob Cohen, Isaac Hurwitz, Independent Presenters Network, Tim Lacyznski, Bard Theatricals and Lucas McMahon. Work Light Productions serves as the tour’s executive producer and general manager.