The cost of running a Broadway show is huge. In order to save salaries and avoid a shutdown, producer Kevin McCollum has decided to close this Broadway favorite musical comedy for nine weeks beginning Jan. 10, with a plan to reopen on March 14. The move will cost 115 people their jobs for that period; McCollum said he is committed to rehiring those who want to return. Without this immediate move the show would run out of money and close in three weeks time given the Omicron virus and continuing costs of maintaining safety within the show along with tourism and group sales diminishing. Hopefully, we’ll see Mrs. Doubtfire in its rightful place in March where it belongs – back on Broadway.
As an aside the always popular Under the Radar Festival scheduled at the Public Theater in January has just announced it will not open due to Covid concerns.