Mrs. Doubtfire is taking extraordinary measures to hopefully avoid a permanent closure amid the COVID-19 cases associated with the omicron variant.
The makers behind Broadway , which opens December 5 at New York City’s Stephen Sondheim Theater, announced Sunday (January 2) that the project will be on a nine-week hiatus. The break will run from January 10 to March 14.
“Given the prevalence of the omicron variant of COVID-19, Mrs. Doubtfire Part of the statement said that it would be permanently closed if the production did not take drastic and proactive measures. “Mrs. Doubtfire has been in development for six years. We’re doing everything in our power to prevent the virus from ending its run on Broadway. By taking this break, we can afford to kick off a long run starting in March. ”
The statement goes on to praise the show’s “extraordinary” team for their resilience throughout the ongoing pandemic. The show, which stars Rob McClure in the title role, is based on the 1993 comedy film directed by Chris Columbus starring Robin Williams and Sally Field.
“They embody the indomitable spirit of Broadway,” the message continued about the live show’s team. “I can’t wait for audiences to continue enjoying what they’ve created in March!”
In one review for The Hollywood Reporter, critic Frank Scheck said Broadway’s Mrs. Doubtfire “Bringing enough laughs to make up for it is another twist in a seemingly endless procession of screen-to-stage adaptations.”
Broadway productions have stalled due to the spread of the omicron variation. Five shows have announced plans to close unexpectedly in December, including musicals Not too proud, Diana, Tooth drops and Waitress, along with the play Thoughts of a person of color.
More varieties The program has been temporarily in the dark in recent weeks for health reasons stemming from the COVID-19 situation. Last month, Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin told The Hollywood Reporter Broadway generally has no plans to close but will work with epidemiologists to potentially tweak current protocols.
This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.
https://www.billboard.com/music/music-news/broadway-mrs-doubtfire-hiatus-covid-19-1235015154/ Broadway’s ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ on Hiatus Amid the COVID-19 Rage – Billboard