They Adapted ‘Mrs. Doubtfire,’ and Their Personal Beliefs

With Rob McClure, who plays Daniel, seated next to her onstage, Miranda plays a personal piano ballad, named “Let Go,” about her unfulfilling marriage. That highlight moment supplants a less sympathetic number, “I’m Done,” which was dropped after the 2019 Seattle tryout. Reviews for the show were divided, while McClure’s performance was roundly appreciated.

To properly contextualize the man-in-a-dress schtick, the costume designer Catherine Zuber helped construct the contrasting character of Andre, Daniel’s gender nonconforming brother-in-law (played by J. Harrison Ghee, who took over Billy Porter’s part in “Kinky Boots”).

Andre wears flowy caftans as fashion rather than a joke. And he saves the day by distracting a court-appointed social worker who shows up at Daniel’s shabby flat.

McClure, meanwhile, morphs in and out of his Doubtfire outfit and ending up with a pie in his face, replicating a classic image from the film. “This is all going to end badly. You do know that, right?” Andre deadpans after the ordeal.

Championing families and parenting is what drew the Kirkpatricks to the “Doubtfire” story.

Their debut Broadway musical, the 2015 play “Something Rotten!,” about an Elizabethan theater troupe attempting to compete with Shakespeare’s Globe, was wholly original.

They had hoped their second would be too, but McCollum persuaded them to choose from a library of 20th Century Fox pictures he’d been recruited to work on. The crew chose on “Mrs. Doubtfire” because “we could relate to this story of a man who would do anything to be with his kids,” Karey added. (Collectively, the three writers and their producer are fathers to 10 children.)

The Kirkpatricks’ own father was a Southern Baptist music minister subsequently called to the pulpit himself. He moved the family from Alexandria, La. to Baton Rouge to lead a nondenominational church.