'Mrs Doubtfire': Rob McClure brings back the nanny Robin Williams made famous in new Broadway remake

The original film chronicled the life of a recently divorced father, who started dressing up as a female housekeeper


                            'Mrs Doubtfire': Rob McClure brings back the nanny Robin Williams made famous in new Broadway remake
Rob McClure and Robin Williams (Getty Images)

Iconic comedy-drama film 'Mrs Doubtfire', which released in 1993, is all set for a Broadway remake. Originally portrayed by the late Robin Williams, the film's much-loved character Euphegenia Doubtfire will now be played by Rob McClure, whose first look as the female housekeeper was recently unveiled.

The original film, which was co-produced by Williams and directed by Chris Columbus, chronicled the life of a recently divorced father, who started dressing up as a female housekeeper so that he can still be in contact with his children. The film runs through the themes of divorce and how it affects families, stealing the hearts of cinemagoers. 

Judging by the new images, it appears that McClure’s portrayal of the famous character will be similar to that of Williams. However, the 'Recursion' actor's version of Mrs Doubtfire seems to have advanced prosthetics. The character still has the hilarious lunacy when it comes to the outfits and expressions. All we can do is wait to see how McClure brings the timeless character into his own. 

McClure, who previously played the role of Adam Maitland in the musical adaptation of 'Beetlejuice', spoke to Entertainment Weekly, revealing his experience of bringing the much-loved character, Mrs. Doubtfire, to life. 

“Euphegenia Doubtfire takes a village. I’ve got an entire Indianapolis 500 pit crew back there. My dressers and make-up team are superheroes. One of the most thrilling differences between the movie and the Broadway show is that we are doing this in real-time. When Daniel Hillard runs into the other room and emerges as everyone’s favorite Scottish nanny 18 seconds later, our director can’t yell cut and send me to a trailer for five hours. We’ve got 18 seconds. I can feel the audience sweating with me! 'IS HE GONNA MAKE IT?!?' The stakes are so high! It makes for electrifying theatre," he said.

The rest of the cast includes Jenn Gambatese as Miranda Hillard, Peter Bartlett as Mr. Jolly, Charity Angél Dawson as Wanda Sellner, Mark Evans as Stuart Dunmire, J. Harrison Ghee as Andre Mayem, Analise Scarpaci as Lydia Hillard, Jake Ryan Flynn as Christopher Hillard, Avery Sell as Natalie Hillard, and Brad Oscar as Frank Hillard. The music book is by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell with lyrical credits going to Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick.

The musical began previews on Monday at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre and will officially open in full on April 5, 2020. 

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