Alan Menken confirms he's working on a 'Mrs. Doubtfire' musical
Alan Menken, the man who wrote the soundtrack to your childhood, is working on a musical based on another classic. Menken was speaking to EW Radio Thursday morning about his work on Galavant when he dropped news that he’s composing music for a Mrs. Doubtfire musical.
David Zippel, with whom Menken wrote Hercules, is writing the lyrics, and Broadway veteran Harvey Fierstein is writing the book, he said. Fierstein, who has written books for Broadway shows like Kinky Boots and Newsies, had a memorable role in the movie as Frank, the brother of Robin Williams’ character, who actually orchestrates the Mrs. Doubtfire makeover. “It’s going very well, it’s in its early stages, and that’s probably all I can say,” Menken said. “We’re really enjoying working on it.”
Doubtfire is a property of 20th Century Fox, which in 2013 established a joint venture alongside Broadway producer Kevin McCollum to turn its films into stage shows. That year, McCollum spoke to the New York Times about Doubtfire‘s musical prospects.