Broadway: “Ms. Doubtfire Musical Opens with Lukewarm Reviews in Slow Fall Season


Home Theater Broadway: “Ms. Doubtfire Musical Opens with Lukewarm Reviews in a Slow Fall …

“Ms. Doubtfire” opened on Broadway last night to lukewarm, even negative reviews. The New York Times swept it away, as did the New York Post, and they never agree on anything. Variety and were also negative.

Mixed reviews came from the Washington Post and New York Magazine. Only the NY Daily News review, written by Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune, liked the musical based on the Robin Williams-Sally Field-Pierce Brosnan movie that didn’t age well. But even Jones didn’t mention any of the songs or the music – and it’s a musical! So much for that.

So far, “Mrs. Doubtfire” has struggled to sell tickets. Selling in advance isn’t great, even for a sbow with a brand name. But it does a lot better than “Diana: The Musical,” which doesn’t sell balcony seats and has seas of blue – seats unsold – for weeks and weeks – in the mezzanine and orchestra.

It’s actually a mystery how or why “Diana” still plays since no one liked her on Netflix and the stage reviews were miserable. Spending the holidays will not be easy. Look for closure notices just after January 1.


Roger Friedman started his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid-1990s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and wrote for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, The New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the screenwriter and co-producer of “Only the Strong Survive”, a selection from the Cannes, Sundance and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.


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