Tootsie on Broadway
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2019 Tony Award® winner Santino Fontana delivers "one of the best performances ever seen on a musical stage" (Rolling Stone) in the show critics are calling "the most uproariously funny new musical comedy to hit Broadway in years!" (The Hollywood Reporter). This New York Times Critic's Pick tells the story of Michael Dorsey, an out-of-work actor willing to do anything for a job -- even if it means playing way against type. When he disguises himself as an outspoken actress named Dorothy Michaels, he defies all odds to become a Broadway sensation. But as audiences fall for Dorothy and Michael starts to fall for the woman of his dreams, he's learning that the hardest part of show business isn't getting to the top... it's keeping up the act.
With a Tony-winning Book by Robert Horn, a score by 2018 Tony winner David Yazbek (The Band's Visit, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), choreography by Denis Jones and direction by Scott Ellis, TOOTSIE is "a triumphant comedy, as outlandishly successful as The Producers" (Chicago Tribune). Don't miss "the winner Broadway has been waiting for!" (The Washington Post).
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Some people would do anything to land a job. For struggling actor Michael Dorsey, that means becoming Dorothy Michaels, a new persona entirely — gender and all. The musical adaptation of the 1982 film “Tootsie,” starring Dustin Hoffman, casts Tony Award nominee Santino Fontana in the lead role, a man who is so fed up with Off-Broadway casting directors that he takes on a new type entirely. But things get even more complicated for Michael when he starts to fall for his costar, Julie (Lilli Cooper) — as Dorothy! And Dorothy has a few male admirers of her own.
In the new stage adaptation, featuring a score by “The Band’s Visit” Tony winner David Yazbek and a fresh book by Robert Horn that brings the story straight into 2018, “Tootsie” swaps the world of daytime soap operas for theater itself. As director Scott Ellis explains: “This is 100% not your grandfather’s ‘Tootsie.’”
What To Watch For
- The 1982 film grossed over $177 million at the box office, making it the second highest-grossing movie of that year after “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.”
- The film was nominated for 10 Oscars, including Best Picture.
- Leading man, Santino Fontana, was born the same year the film “Tootsie” was released.
- Playing the role of a man who tries to pass as a woman, Santino Fontana is constantly waxing all of his body hair and says the upkeep is a “nightmare.”
2hr 35min (incl. intermission)