‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ to close on Broadway as NJ native gets Tony Award nomination
The Broadway musical “Mrs. Doubtfire” – which faced numerous stops and starts in its performance because of COVID-19 – announced on Friday that it will be closing.
The news comes the same week as the show’s leading man – New Jersey native Rob McClure – picked up a Tony Award nomination. It is the New Milford native’s second Tony nomination.
“I feel great. This one feels really special given the last two years,” says McClure.
He says the nomination feels like a triumph after COVID dimmed the lights on Broadway for so long.
“It’s the celebration of the rebirth of an artform that was literally stolen from us for years,” McClure says.
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“Mrs. Doubtfire” had a particularly rough road. In previews when Broadway shut down in March 2020, the show finally opened last December only to pause again for about four months during the Omicron surge.
“I definitely think that my singular road in this business and what that singular road did for the special skills section of my resume has led me to ‘Mrs. Doubtfire.’” McClure says. "It’s one of the things I think that got me the role. Even if I can't do it on Day 1, I’ve proven in previous shows that by the time you need to, I'll be able to do it.”
McClure says that if he does win the Tony Award, he will celebrate “by recognizing how unbelievably, unfathomable that privilege would be."
The producer of “Mrs. Doubtfire” said the slow return of tourists hurt the family-oriented show's box office.
The show will be on stage until May 29.