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