Everyone knows it is tough times for the theater industry. Broadway's indeed thankfully back, but amid rising Covid cases wreaking havoc on casts and keeping audiences away, the return has not been smooth. And now the theater industry has entered the cold winter months, traditionally tough times at the box office. So when the producers of MRS. DOUBTFIRE announced the show was taking a "hiatus" -- as the press release read -- from January 10 through March 14, theater insiders could understand why. But nothing is as simple as it seems. The decision shines a spotlight on the tense relationship between Broadway producers and Broadway's 14 unions in these difficult times.
MRS. DOUBTFIRE is not truly going on hiatus at the Sondheim Theatre. It is technically closing. A quote from producer Kevin McCollum in the press release made that somewhat clearer. It read: "Out of concern for the potential long-term employment of everyone who works on MRS. DOUBTFIRE, and the extended run of the show, we have decided that following the January 9 performance, the production will close for nine weeks, returning on March 15."