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When my mom comes to visit, it mostly feels like an opportunity is lost if we don’t see a Broadway show. Although we knew next to nothing about Tootsie the Musical, we took a chance and had a fantastic night out at the theatre.
The two-time Tony Award-winning musical, Tootsie, much like the movie of the same name, follows the story of Michael Dorsey, a down-on-his-luck actor who just wants to perform. However, they made one significant change for the stage. In the movie, Michael is a TV actor, but for the musical, he’s a musical theatre performer.
Since no one in town will cast him, Dorsey decides to create a new persona – Dorothy Michaels. And of course, when you’re a man masquerading as a woman for the entire rehearsal process and run of a Broadway musical, nothing ever goes according to plan.
The 1982 film version starred Dustin Hoffman as Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels, but on Broadway, Santino Fontana originated the role. You might recognize him – or at least his voice – from his role as the voice of Hans in the Disney film Frozen. Maybe you’ve heard of that movie? This role earned Fontana a Tony Award for Best Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role In A Musical.
Do you need to have seen the original Tootsie movie to watch the musical?
We hadn’t watched the original movie version of Tootsie before jumping in and seeing the musical; however, if you’re wondering whether you’ll enjoy the show without seeing the movie, worry no more. The musical takes on its own life, and you do not need to have a background with the original film to appreciate the show. Neither my mother nor I had seen the movie, but we thoroughly enjoyed the production! The dialogue between characters was sharp and interspersed with funny, physical comedy moments.
Tootsie the Musical is playing at the Marquis Theater on Broadway until January 5, 2020. But don’t worry, if you can’t make it to Broadway before then, you can find the touring cast in a city near you, launching Fall 2020!
How to watch Tootsie the Musical:
Run time: 2 hours and 35 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission
Or, head to the Box Office: Monday–Saturday: 10:00am–8:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm–6:00pm
210 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036
(inside the Marriott Marquis Hotel)