Who can forget Robin Williams’ in the hilarious yet heartfelt hit movie “Mrs. Doubtfire?” He played divorced dad Daniel Hillard, who, unhappy that he doesn’t have more access to his kids, masquerades as an elderly Scottish nanny to be with them.

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By Peg Cameron Gill

Reimagined as a musical, “Mrs. Doubtfire” is sure to be a surefire hit with you! Enjoy this campy comedy at The Fabulous Fox in St. Louis now through Jan. 7, 2024. You can catch both matinees and evening performances.

Everyone’s favorite Scottish nanny is spending her holidays in St. Louis! Rob McClure will reprise his Tony-nominated Broadway performance on tour alongside co-star (and real life wife!) Maggie Lakis in this internationally acclaimed hit. 

Musical critics call the show “wonderful, heart-warming, and laugh-out-loud funny” (Manchester Evening News) and “a feel-good, family-friendly comedy that delivers” (The Hollywood Reporter). 

Based on the beloved 1993 film and directed by four-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Zaks, “Mrs. Doubtfire” is  “the lovable, big-hearted musical comedy we need right now,” raves the Chicago Tribune – “one that proves we’re better together.”

You can find more information and tickets here.

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About the book that the movie “Mrs. Doubtfire” was based on:

Author Anne Fine based the name of her novel on a 1970s-era second-hand store, “Madame Doubtfire,” located at the corner of Howe Street and South East Circus Place in Edinburgh, Scotland. The shop was owned by Annabella Coutts, who named her shop after her first husband, Arthur Cyril Doubtfire.

The novel was published in 1987, and was written for teen and young adult audiences. Although it’s a comedy, it has a serious message: As funny as “Mrs. Doubtfire” is, it’s really about the pain of separation and divorce. Serious issues such as the perception that Daniel’s a bad father because he doesn’t make a lot of money, and the implied criticism of career mom Miranda, are hidden under a lot of fluff and jokes.

About the 1993 movie:

“Mrs. Doubtfire” won the Academy Award for Best Makeup, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Robin Williams was awarded the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

Find out what honor The Fabulous Fox won in 2020 here.

FUn fact about the movie: It took four hours to apply Williams’ makeup and transform him into the character Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire. Williams later said he used to walk through San Francisco dressed in full makeup and costume!

Williams starred alongside Sally Field (as his ex Miranda), Pierce Brosnan (as Stuart “Stu” Dunmeyer), Harvey Fierstein (as Uncle Frank Hillard), Polly Holiday (as Gloria Chaney), Matthew Lawrence (as Chris Hillard), Mara WIlson (as Natalie “Nattie” Hilard), Lisa Jakub (As Lydia Hillard), and many more. Do you know the cast even included Martin Mull and Steven Tyler? It did!

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