Mrs. Doubtfire Director Jerry Zaks Reveals How to Make Songs Funny, and More | Playbill

The Broadway Q&A Series Mrs. Doubtfire Director Jerry Zaks Reveals How to Make Songs Funny, and More The four-time Tony winning director of Hello, Dolly! and the upcoming Music Man revival answers your questions in this live interview.

Jerry Zaks joins us live on The Broadway Q&A Series, presented by Playbill and The Growing Studio. The four-time Tony-winning director answers questions about his work on Mrs. Doubtfire, Hello, Dolly!, the upcoming revival of The Music Man, and more during the hour-long chat.

Up next on The Broadway Q&A Series is Hairpsray and Catch Me If You Can songwriter Marc Shaiman, who will be live on Playbill May 25 at 1PM ET. Click here to submit a question for Shaiman to answer.

Zaks' more than three decades–long career as a director on Broadway has seen him be nominated for 8 Tony Awards and win four, for his work helming productions of The House of Blue Leaves, Lend Me a Tenor, Six Degrees of Separation, and Guys and Dolls. His most recent Broadway credits include the hit revival of Hello, Dolly!, A Bronx Tale, and Meteor Shower. Zaks is currently working on Mrs. Doubtfire, which had just begun previews when Broadway paused in response to the current health crisis; and the upcoming revival of The Music Man starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster.

The Broadway Q&A Series presents hour-long live interviews with Broadway pros on Mondays and Wednesdays, with a Friday session featuring faculty members from two major university theatre programs. All streams are hosted on and on Playbill's YouTube channel from 1–2 PM ET. Following the stream, interviews are available on demand at

Also scheduled to appear on the series are Marc Shaiman (May 25), Marc Bruni (June 3), JoAnn Hunter (June 8), Sam Gold (June 10), Andy Blankenbuehler (June 15), Jack O'Brien (June 17), Bartlett Sher (June 22), Lorin Latarro (June 24), Walter Bobbie (June 29), Jerry Mitchell (July 1), Sergio Trujillo (July 6), Denis Jones (July 8), Andrew Lippa (July 13), Alex Lacamoire (July 15), and Kathleen Marshall (July 22).

The Growing Studio offers classes, training, and workshops with Broadway’s premier creatives. Faculty includes directors, choreographers, composers, music directors, producers, casting directors and agents in NYC, London, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and beyond. Visit and TGS' Instagram for more information.

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