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Review: Musical “Mrs. Doubtfire” Goes National Tour to San Francisco After Hit in Los Angeles

Review: Musical “Mrs. Doubtfire” Goes National Tour to San Francisco After Hit in Los Angeles

The 1993 hit film, “Mrs. Doubtfire,” starring the late, brilliant Robin Williams, was a beloved family film—directed by Chris Columbus and starring Sally Field and Pierce Brosnan—that wormed its way into our collective hearts. Now, the musical comedy version is wrapping up its run at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood before heading on a national tour to San Francisco and other major cities.

The play tells the story of a divorced father of three, the cheerful father but irresponsible husband Daniel Hillard, and the crazy lengths he goes to to deal with his children. He creates the larger-than-life, no-nonsense and mega-quirky nanny, Mrs. Doubtfire, so he can spend time with his kids.

Rob McClure played the role on Broadway, for which he was rightfully nominated for a Tony Award. Now on a national tour, the show is a must-see. McClure’s real-life wife, Maggie Lakis, plays Miranda Hillard, his hard-working, frustrated wife. Determined to see his children, the court has limited his visitation. Hillard hatches plans that build upon more plans; we all know how that ends. Stepping into Williams’ shoes is no easy task, but McClure is up for it and goes above and beyond.

McClure has a theatrical talent; his performance is full of heart, flashy slapstick and spot on comedy. The cast is simply amazing across the board, with a special shout out to Giselle Gutierrez as the eldest daughter Lydia. Her voice, range and delivery for someone so young; she certainly makes her theatrical mark.

Kudos to the Dutch Organization and the Pantages. Their ‘Broadway In Hollywood’ was a resounding success with full houses. Shows coming up include Peter Pan, Company, Hamilton, Kimberly Akimbo, Back To The Future: The Musical, Wicked, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child. A Beautiful Noise, Some Like It Hot, Shucked” and more, Angelenos can indeed experience top-notch Broadway productions in the heart of Hollywood. Fortunately “Mrs. Doubtfire” says her signature “hellooooo” to an appreciative audience on this national tour and she couldn’t be more welcome!