Read Reviews for the New Tootsie Musical Starring Santino Fontana

The Verdict   Read Reviews for the New Tootsie Musical Starring Santino Fontana
 
The Broadway-bound musical, featuring a score by The Band’s Visit's David Yazbek, opened in Chicago September 30.
Drew King, Leslie Donna Flesner, Santino Fontana, Sissy Bell, and John Arthur Greene
Drew King, Leslie Donna Flesner, Santino Fontana, Sissy Bell, and John Arthur Greene Julieta Cervantes

The musical adaptation of Tootsie, featuring a score by The Band’s Visit Tony winner David Yazbek and a book by Robert Horn, opened its pre-Broadway engagement at Chicago’s Cadillac Theatre September 30. Performances continue through October 14.

Santino Fontana and Dustin Hoffman in <i>Tootsie</i>
Santino Fontana and Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie

The musical, directed by Scott Ellis and choreographed by Denis Jones, will begin Broadway previews March 29, 2019, at the Marquis Theatre, where it will officially open April 23.

Leading the cast is Tony nominee Santino Fontana as Michael Dorsey, a struggling actor who lands a job under the female persona of Dorothy Michaels. The cast also includes Lilli Cooper as Julie Nichols, Sarah Stiles as Sandy Lester, John Behlmann as Max Von Horn, Andy Grotelueschen as Jeff Slater, Julie Halston as Rita Marshall, Michael McGrath as Stan Fields, and Reg Rogers as Ron Carlisle.

Here's what critics had to say about the new Broadway-bound musical.

Broadway Journal (Philip Boroff)

Chicago Sun Times (Catey Sullivan)

The Chicago Tribune (Chris Jones)

Daily Herald (Barbara Vitello)

Time Out Chicago (Alex Huntsberger)

The Torch (Madeleine Barbeau)

Variety (Steven Oxman)

WTTW (Hedy Weiss)

Playbill will continue to update this list as more reviews come in.

The cast also features Sissy Bell, Barry Busby, Paula Leggett Chase, Britney Coleman, Leslie Donna Flesner, Jenifer Foote, John Arthur Greene, Drew King, Jeff Kready, Harris Milgrim, Adam Monley, Shina Ann Morris, James Moye, Katerina Papacostas, Diana Vaden, and Anthony Wayne.

The production features orchestrations by Simon Hale, sets by David Rockwell, costumes by William Ivey Long, lighting by Donald Holder, sound design by Brian Ronan, hair and wig design by Paul Huntley, and make-up design by Angelina Avallone. Casting is by Jim Carnahan C.S.A. Andrea Grody and Dean Sharenow serve as music supervisors.

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