The musical is based on the 1993 blockbuster film starring Robin Williams
Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who brought Disney’s Aladdin and The Little Mermaid to Broadway has revealed he’s writing a script to turn the box office comedy, Mrs. Doubtfire, into a musical.
BBC Newsbeat reports that Menkin confirmed the project on SiriusXM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio on Friday (Jan 23rd) stating, “‘I am writing now, a musical of Mrs. Doubtfire. It’s going very well. It’s in its early stages, and that’s probably all I can say. We’re really enjoying working on it.”
Menken confirmed actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein, who played Williams’ make-up artist brother in the film, is writing the playwrite for the musical. Fierstein has previously written playwrites for the musical La Cage aux Folles, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, and Tony Award-winning Kinky Boots.
Lyricist David Zipple, who’s previously worked on Disney’s animated musicals Mulan and Hercules with Menken, is also on-board for the project.
Besides Aladdin and The Little Mermaid, Menken has also composed music for Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Enchanted, Little Shop of Horrors and Sister Act the Musical.
Menken has won eight Academy Awards, 11 Grammys, seven Golden Globes and a Tony Award.
The 1993 20th Century Fox comedy, starring the late Robin Williams as an out of work actor who disguises himself as an elderly female housekeeper to spend time with his children after his former wife, played by Sally Field, wins full custody after a bitter divorce, grossed over $441 million worldwide at the box office.
A long-awaited sequel was said to be in the works at the time of Williams’ death in August 2014. No word on when the musical is expected.