David Yazbek and Casey Nicholaw Collaborating on Tootsie Musical

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The Tony-nominated songwriter hopes his musical adaptation of the 1982 film will take shape in late 2017.
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David Yazbek, the three-time Tony Award-nominated songwriter of The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, is collaborating with prolific Broadway director Casey Nicholaw on a musical adaptation of the 1982 film Tootsie.

“I’ve also been working on Tootsie with a new writer,” Yazbek told Playbill.com in an upcoming interview about his Feinstein’s/54 Below solo debut.

“I started with different writers, and now I’m working with this guy Robert Horn. Hopefully that will happen the year after [The Band’s Visit debuts at Atlantic Theater Company]. A lot of that has to do with Casey Nicholaw, [who] is the director and is very busy. There’s a chance I’ll do a song from Tootsie at this [Feinstein’s/54 Below] show, but the song I want to do is a patter song for a woman, and it’s really hard to sing. Either I’ll sing it or find someone who can sing it, but it’s one of those songs that you just have to rehearse so much. I feel sheepish about asking someone to spend so much time just to sing it once.”

Look for more from Yazbek in an upcoming interview with Playbill.com.

Nicholaw, whose musical Tuck Everlasting opened on Broadway April 26, currently has three other musicals running on Broadway—Aladdin, The Book of Mormon and Something Rotten!

Tootsie, the 1982 comedy starring Dustin Hoffman, tells the story of an actor who can’t book work because he is difficult to work with. He poses as a woman, “Dorothy Michaels,” and starts to land jobs. The film cast also included Bill Murray, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman, Charles Durning, Geena Davis, Doris Belack and producer/director Sydney Pollack.

Book writer Robert Horn developed the book alongside Dan Elish for the Broadway musical 13.

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