Tootsie on Broadway
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It’s “far and away the funniest show of the season” (Daily News). It’s “the most uproarious new show in years” (The Hollywood Reporter). It’s “the best comedy on Broadway” (Forbes). No matter how you say it, Tootsie is unanimously funny! Tony Award® winner Santino Fontana gives “one of the best performances in musical comedy history" (Rolling Stone) in this laugh-out-loud love letter to the theatre, based on the Oscar®-nominated film. Featuring a Tony-winning book by Robert Horn and an outrageously clever score by 2018 Tony winner David Yazbek (The Band’s Visit, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), this New York Times Critic’s Pick is a “hilarious, thoroughly modern Tootsie” (People Magazine) that’s “even funnier than the movie!” (New York Post). “In these turbulent times, when the world seems out of balance, we need a place to let the good times roll,” says Rolling Stone, “Tootsie is it." 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)