Why See Tootsie?
Santino Fontana stars
Nominated for 11 2019 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for Santino Fontana!
The iconic 80s classic gets a makeover in the form of this brand new musical adaptation! With a score from David Yazbek (The Band's Visit) and book by Robert Horn, the story of a diva actor whose terrible behavior sees him take on a larger than life new personality to start fresh, Tootsie and her sequins arrive fresh from a critically successful tryout in Chicago, retaining star Tony Award and Drama Desk Nominee and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend alum Santino Fontana in the lead.
A financial and critical success when it opened back in '82, the movie went on to receive ten Academy-Award nominations, with the top acting prize heading to Jessica Lange. Described in turns as 'Not your grandmother's Tootsie' (Director Scott Ellis) and a 'Bouncy musical (that) turns the story into a full-on satire of the narcissistic male ego' (Variety), it looks as if Tootsie is ready to take on the 21st Century with aplomb.
What is Tootsie about?
When obsessive perfectionist Michael is fired from a Broadway gig due to his proclivities, he decides that change is necessary - even if it means his gender. Taking to drag to pass himself off as the glamorous 'Dorothy', he soon lands a new job. But watch out Broadway, makeup and clothes are no match for this ego!
Previews from: 29 March 2019
Opening night: 23 April 2019
Recommended for ages 14+
Two hours and 40 minutes with intermission
Cast and Creative
Santino Fontana as Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels
Lilli Cooper as Julie Nichols
Sandy Stiles as Sandy Lester
John Behlmann as Max Van Horn
Andy Grotelueschen as Jeff Slater
Julie Halston as Rita Marshall
Michael McGrath as Stan Fields
Reg Rogers as Ron Carlisle
Swing / Ensemble: Sissy Bell, Barry Busy, Paula Leggett Chase, Britney Coleman, Leslie Donna Flesner, Jenifer Foote, John Arther Greene, Drew Kin, Jeff Kready, Harris Milgrim, Adam Monley, Shina Ann Morris, James Moye, Katerina Papacostas, Diana Vaden, Anthony Wayne
Directed by Scott Ellis
Music and lyrics by David Yazbek
Book by Robert Horn
Choreography by Denis Jones
Musical direction by Andrea Grody
Set by David Rockwell
Costumes by William Ivey Long
Lighting by Donald Holder
Sound design by Brian Ronan
Tony Awards, 2019 - Nominations
Best New Musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical - Santino Fontana
Best Book of a Musical - Robert Horn
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre - David Yazbek
Best Direction of a Musical - Scott Ellis
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical - Andy Grotelueschen
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical - Lilli Cooper
Best Choreography - Denis Jones
Best Orchestrations - Simon Hale
Best Costume Design of a Musical - William Ivey Long
DRAMA DESK AWARDS, 2019 - NOMINATIONS
Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Santino Fontana
Outstanding Director of a Musical - Scott Ellis
Outstanding Choreography - Denis Jones
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What we thought
FUN Fabulous fierce
This is a classic musical comedy with laugh-a-minute dialogue, you can't go wrong.
Michael Dorsey (Santino Fontana) is a miserable overworked New Yorker throwing hours of his life into his survival job as a server, desperate to land an acting gig rooted in truth so he can live his dream.Read full review
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