Name “Nanny 911.” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” the brand new musical that opened Sunday evening on Broadway, wants pressing help.
Why has a film that was by no means something greater than a ridiculous star automobile for the late Robin Williams’ comedic talents been dragged onstage virtually 30 years later with out him? Partly as a star automobile for Broadway favourite Rob McClure, who now performs Doubtfire a okay a Daniel.
2 hours and half-hour, with one intermission. On the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, 124 W. forty third St.
The producers are additionally certainly hoping to ensnare nostalgic millennials, who have been bombarded by sappy movies about divorce within the Nineties (“Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Stepmom,” “Liar Liar”), and now have children of their very own to torment with them.
What we’re left with is one more meeting line musical of a film — an obnoxious one, at that — during which each tune by “One thing Rotten!” duo John O’Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick is generic and forgettable.
The primary act ends with a ditty referred to as “Bam! We’re Rockin’ Now,” which may match snugly into each musical that has ever had a guitar within the orchestra pit.
And the finale, “As Lengthy As There Is Love,” goes “So, when the solar has slipped away / And your skies have turned to grey / Effectively, over time you will see that it’ll be OK.” That’s simply dangerous “Put On a Glad Face.”
Like within the film, Daniel, a struggling actor and doting dad, is compelled to placed on a girl’s face after his spouse leaves him (he mistakenly hires a stripper for his or her son’s celebration) and a choose grants him solely Saturday visitation rights together with his three children.
He’s a fun-loving, kooky man-child and his ex, Miranda (Jenn Gambatese) is a killjoy stick within the mud. You’ll discover that each grownup girl on this present has a coronary heart product of barbed wire — effectively, besides that one which’s really a dude.
That’s Mrs. Doubtfire, the alter ego created for Daniel by his homosexual brother Frank (Brad Oscar) and his husband Andre (J. Harrison Ghee), that he makes use of to sneak again into his San Francisco home and spend time together with his son and two daughters. All they know is that they have a loopy new Scottish nanny.
No person questions why an previous girl can transfer like she’s 32, has the identical humorousness as their father and performs a “Riverdance” quantity when she claims to be from Scotland.
Like a kiss from Richard Dawson on “Household Feud,” the plot of “Mrs. Doubtfire” has grown creepy with age. Drag disguises are frequent onstage (“Tootsie” is an infinitely better musical and a far superior film), however while you add younger youngsters into the combination and, um, a court docket order prohibiting the principle character from being with them, it’s uncomfortable for us. How can we embrace somebody who’s traumatizing his household?
Michael in “Tootsie,” who pretends to be an actress to get a job, is a mendacity jerk, too. However “Doubtfire” goes additional and desperately pleads with us to like this schmuck.
McClure is virtually promoting us a timeshare together with his spastic, overeager efficiency. I can’t deny it’s technically very high-quality — he does humorous voices: Gollum, Borat, Yoda — and jumps round just like the stage is definitely a trampoline. His excessive power grates, although, and doesn’t get sufficient laughs to warrant performing like he’s on a two-and-a-half-hour coke binge.
As Miranda, a dressmaker whose ho-hum home designed by David Korins doesn’t seem like anyplace Donna Karan would ever set foot in, Gambatese adjustments little, even after she begins courting a British hunk and Mrs. Doubtfire betters her life.
There are, nonetheless, two very humorous gags within the musical, directed by Jerry Zaks. Frank’s voice will get loud each time he tells a lie (it occurs loads), and a neighborhood children TV program referred to as “The Mr. Jolly Present” has a hysterical host who’s performed by Peter Bartlett like a jet-lagged Rip Taylor.
Each time Mr. Jolly left the stage, I resumed being Mr. Indignant.