Dude looks like a Lady! Or, at least he did in Robin Williams’ 1993 cinematic masterpiece, “Mrs. Doubtfire.” The blockbuster comedy is reportedly being adapted into a Broadway musical, Entertainment Weekly reports, in conjunction with Anne Fine’s 1987 novel, “Alias Madame Doubtfire,” also known as “Madame Doubtfire” in the U.K.
According to an announcement shared by Fox Stage Productions earlier this week, the film will come to the stage with help from Tony-award winning director Jerry Zaks (“Guys and Dolls”). The story for the production is being penned by John O’Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick, while the music will be written by Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick. O’Farrell and both Kirkpatricks had previously collaborated together with the musical “Something Rotten!,” which was nominated for 9 Tony Awards upon its arrival on Broadway in 2015. Karey Kirkpatrick has also written the screenplays for various hit family films, including 1996’s “James and the Giant Peach” and “Honey We Shrunk Ourselves,” 2000’s “Chicken Run” and 2006’s “Charlotte's Web,” just to name a few.
The original film was a big hit for actors Robin Williams, Sally Field and even Bond himself Pierce Brosnan when it arrived in theaters back in the fall of 1993. The film also featured a famously fun musical number with help from Aerosmith’s comeback MTV anthem, “Dude! (Looks Like A Lady),” which changed the chore of household vacuuming forever. The musical clip from the movie can be watched in the video above.
“‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ is such a beloved story, both laugh-out-loud hilarious and extremely moving,” Fox Stage Productions announced in a statement. “Getting this team together and crafting ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ for the stage has been pure joy. We can’t wait to get into production.”
There wasn’t any mention in the announcement as to which actors may be attached to the project. The world mourned the passing of the original film’s lead actor Robin Williams back in 2014. With big (high-heeled) shoes to fill for the upcoming production, it will be interesting to see and hear who will take on the role of arguably the most famous nanny in film history.