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Mrs. Doubtfire Heads to Broadway! See Rob McClure Step Into Robin Williams' Iconic Character


Euphegenia Doubtfire is again, and prepared for her huge Broadway bow.

On Monday, producers for the brand new stage adaptation of the 1993 comedy Mrs. Doubtfire confirmed a full take a look at star Rob McClure in costume as Robin Williams’ beloved character.

The massive reveal, in honor of the musical’s first preview on Broadway, is the primary followers have been in a position to see of McClure’s tackle the tremendous nanny. Whereas different promos filmed McClure from the again, these new pictures seize the prosthetic masks, wig, and equipment used to rework McClure.

Again in January, McClure spoke to PEOPLE about moving into the half, praising costume designer Catherine Zuber, make-up designer Tommy Kurzman, and hair and wig designer David Brian Brown for serving to deliver Mrs. Doubtfire to life.

“A part of the enjoyable of this present is that I get to show into her proper in entrance of the viewers’s eyes,” McClure, 37, stated. “It’s thrilling, but additionally utterly nerve-wracking in some scenes as a result of I don’t have the luxurious of somebody calling ‘lower’ on a movie set after which taking four hours to enter hair and make-up to dress. I’m actually within the wings, with a pit crew from the Indianapolis 500 getting me wearing 20 seconds.”

Fortunately, the inventive staff designed a dressing up that’s simple for McClure to alter into, and make it in order that he utterly disappears. Actually, his 1-year-old daughter named Sadie didn’t even discover him.

“I confirmed her an image of me in my Mrs. Doubtfire gear and he or she had little interest in it as a result of she was treating it like a stranger,” McClure laughed. “That basically is the best praise to this staff, as a result of between the costume and the bodysuit and the face and the wig and the enamel, it was necessary that she be unrecognizable. So it actually labored.”

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Mrs. Doubtfire was an enormous hit when it premiered within the ’90s, incomes over $200 million on the U.S. field workplace and grossing over $440 million worldwide.

The musical — with a e book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell; and songs from Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick, the staff behind One thing Rotten! — follows the identical plot because the movie, tracing the story of Daniel Hillard, a person who disguises himself as a British nanny in an effort to get extra time along with his youngsters after a bitter custody battle along with his ex-wife relegates him to supervised visits.

“It’s a very good adaptation of the movie,” McClure beforehand advised PEOPLE. “The viewers goes to get the entire issues that they’re craving from the difference, simply not in the way in which that they count on to get them, which I feel is a intelligent spin of our adaptation. It’s worthy of 2020 and I feel it has quite a bit to supply and tons of snickers.”

After all, McClure definitely feels the strain, enjoying considered one of Williams’ most iconic onscreen components (it earned the late actor, who died in 2014, a Golden Globe for greatest actor in 1994).

Fortunately, nobody is extra geared up to play Mrs. Doubtfire onstage. Not solely is McClure an acclaimed musical comedy expertise with a historical past of main stage diversifications of hit motion pictures (2019’s Beetlejuice, 2015’s Honeymoon in Vegas), he’s additionally an enormous fan of Williams.

“I’m the most important Robin Williams fan on this planet,” McClure stated. “His demise was devastating to me. It’s not simply the lack of the issues that we love, however the lack of the potential issues he may have executed; the brand new iconic performances that had been form of stolen away from us. He’ll perpetually be an inspiration.”

“His efficiency in Mrs. Doubtfire is really one of the vital genius of all time,” McClure added. “And I’ve been simply as obsessed Mrs. Doubtfire as anybody. I do know it forwards and backwards, I do know each line. Individuals say, ‘While you discovered you bought the half, did you watch the film once more?’ I don’t have to. After I shut my eyes I’ve each body of this film behind my eyelids. I’ve in all probability watched it a whole bunch of occasions rising up, so the imprint of Williams’ efficiency is there.”

“The imprint that he left in everybody else, he left in me,” McClure continued. “So I promise you, I take Williams with me on stage each night time and I attempt to do my greatest to pay tribute to Williams. You’ll see the Mrs. Doubtfire you like and crave. However you’ll at all times watch me take Mrs. Doubtfire someplace new, someplace we haven’t seen her go, in a means that I feel would make him proud. It’s all I can want for.”

Mrs. Doubtfire is now in previews at New York Metropolis’s Stephen Sondheim Theatre, forward of an official opening night time on April 5. Tickets are actually on sale.