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The laugh-out-loud funniest musical of the Broadway season. Yes it's another tune-filled spin on a hit movie...but this one is actually good

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Why See Tootsie?

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Don't miss Tootsie! Now closing January 5. 

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 Tony Award-winning 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 (one for this role) 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!

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Opening night: 5 January 2021


Recommended for ages 14+

Run time

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 - Wins

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical - Santino Fontana
Best Book of a Musical - Robert Horn

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 - Wins
Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Santino Fontana
Outstanding Music
Outstanding Lyrics
Outstanding Book of a Musical

Drama Desk Awards, 2019 - Nominations

Outstanding Musical
Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Santino Fontana
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - Sarah Stiles
Outstanding Director of a Musical - Scott Ellis
Outstanding Choreography - Denis Jones
Outstanding Music
Outstanding Lyrics
Outstanding Book of a Musical
Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical

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.

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What you thought

5 reviews, average rating: (4.6 Stars)

4.5 star rating

Deborah : “Funny, great laughs and wonderful ”

Great show! A must see when in NY! more

Emily: “Hilarious ”

Tootsie is a hilarious musical that keeps you interested the whole time!... more

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