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Tootsie (NYC)

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Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Delightful, Clever

About the show

2019 Tony Award winner Santino Fontana stars as a talented, but difficult-to-work-with actor who will do anything to land the role of a lifetime, including adopting a new female persona in this new musical comedy. More…

When Michael Dorsey disguises himself as an outspoken actress named Dorothy Michaels, he defies all odds to become a Broadway sensation. But as audiences fall for Dorothy and Michael starts to fall for the woman of his dreams, he's learning that the hardest part of show business isn't getting to the top... it's keeping up the act.

Based on the hit 1982 film, 'Tootsie' stars features a score by Tony winner David Yazbek ('The Band’s Visit,' 'The Full Monty'), and direction by eight-time Tony nominee and Olivier Award winner Scott Ellis ('She Loves Me,' 'On The Twentieth Century'). 

Member Reviews (1210)


Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Delightful, Clever
Avg Score

Meh melodies, Great production values, Strong performances, Funny, Engaging

See it if you love musicals. Fun update of movie w jokes galore (some fresh/some stale) and lots of songs (some clever/some clunkers). Gr staging.

Don't see it if you want to leave humming. But you'll feel entertained. Drags in places (some dull songs) and "I'm crazy" songs for two female leads. Ugh.

Updated nicely, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious

See it if You want a funny show with a great book and performances but songs that while they serve the production are completely forgettable.

Don't see it if You’re looking for serious drama. This is a comedy and it doesn’t pretend to be anything more than that.

Also This was much better than I expected. They’ve updated and adapted the ... Read more Read less

Masterful, Hilarious, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if If you want a very funny musicsl with good acting, sets, the whole thing is done well.

Don't see it if Plot you can drive a truck through. a little silly. If you want a more seious musical

Awkward, Clever, Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Many funny moments and one-liners, especially in Act 1. Great staging. Crisp propulsive music. Lots of comic stage presence.

Don't see it if Despite coming up-to-date as best possible, it still didn't fit today's world, and made me feel awkward. Predictable apologetic ending.

Unpretentious, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if u want an unabashedly old-fashioned musical (& very funny send-up of NY theater) w/a great cast, clever book & decent score that never drags

Don't see it if u expect a rehash of the movie [Familiarity w/the film is not a prerequisite, btw]; ur not in the mood for some witty, playful jocularity.

Also Unlike most recent movies-turned-musicals, this is not just a lazy ver... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great staging, Dated, Delightful

See it if Fontana brilliant. Great dancing, Lighting super.Lilly Cooper a find who has been hiding for ages.

Don't see it if Big theater but sight lines on target, Gender problems dated.


See it if you want to see what it looks like when EXTREMELY talented people all put their effort into a project that is deeply problematic.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a "musical comedy" take on a subject that requires a lot more nuance in 2019.

Great staging, Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You want to laugh and have fun.

Don't see it if You want a serious story.

Also This is a fun show, laugh so much it was good for my soul. You do not ... Read more Read less

Quirky, Overrated, Fluffy, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if you’re interested in seeing halfway decent cruise ship entertainment on a Broadway stage.

Don't see it if you like memorable scores or shows with a strong moral that isn’t trivialized or treated as an afterthought.

Fun, Fluffy, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You’re yearning for a well-written musical comedy with a great book, score, & cast that feels both modern and classic at the same time.

Don't see it if You hate fluffy musicals that try to have some substance when it’s mainly there to entertain the masses.

Truly comedic, Great book, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if you would like an evening of laughter and giggles; cast is great; Fontana is brilliant and has both roles down to a t.

Don't see it if The book is terrific/lyrics are great, the music is pedestrian; second act could cut a song or two; most importantly, go have fun and LOL.

Overrated, Transphobic, Banal, Disappointing, Dated

See it if you want to see a classic film from the 1980's turned into a mediocre musical.

Don't see it if you are looking for something original in a musical. Tootsie does not date well from screen to stage. It is overlong, needs cutting.

Also David Yazbek's score is not good at all, considering his previous work... Read more Read less

Great cast, Great writing, Clever, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a funny show with a very talented cast. The songs fit their characters well, but none were stand-outs. The book is clever.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals, if the F-word offends you, if you didn't like the movie.

Also The entire cast is top-notch. I laughed more than I expected to.

Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You want a fun evening with relevance, great costumes, casting and sets!

Don't see it if You want something classic

Great choreography, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you liked the movie, if you like big brassy musicals.This one is very well done.Acting is first rate.Choreography is terrific.A fun night!

Don't see it if you want small, intimate dramas.This musical has a point to make, but mainly it's just fun, filled with very talented people.

Santino soars above sketchy material

See it if Tuneful revamp of the film. Nice staging and choreography. Santino Fontana stars. Halston, Behlmann, Cooper and Grotelueschen are all fine

Don't see it if The whole concept is updated but still kinda creepy and prone to lameness.

Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing

See it if A terrific book improves on the source material. Terrific cast. Nice tunes. Sarah Stiles reminds me of a young Bernadette Peters.

Don't see it if If you're very attached to the movie, you might not like the changes they made. The tunes were nice, not great.

Delightful, Clever, Raunchy, Hilarious, Great singing

See it if you love a good old Broadway show with great voices, lyrics, costumes, dancing and THE BEST barrage of one-liners. Many outstanding perfs

Don't see it if you need a great score, it's weak compared to the production values of the show.

Great acting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You liked the movie (the plot is pretty faithful to the movie) or if you enjoy light comedies with interesting characters.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy comedies or do not particularly like musicals or did not like the movie. If making light of cross-dressing will offend you.

Funny, Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you crave a fun evening watching an incredible cast - entertainment at its best.

Don't see it if you're an intellectual expecting a nuanced and sophisticated plot. This is Broadway - geared to entertainment and fun.

Problematic, Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if you’d enjoy a somewhat outdated & unnecessary show that is nonetheless well-performed & has some laughs. Sarah Stiles steals the show.

Don't see it if you would wonder why this mess of a book was an awards season darling. I did wonder. I wondered a lot.

Also Sprinkles of transphobia, scoops of sexism, and a torrent of white mal... Read more Read less

Quirky, Hilarious, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if You enjoy fun - this show is fun and has a great update given the timing of this show now in our culture. Entire cast is great.

Don't see it if You're looking for super deep drama.

Mostly forgettable songs but wonderful performers, Tries hard to be politically-correct in the post-#metoo world, Great humor-writing (witty puns and clever wordplay elevate sometimes fluffy material), Comedic, Entertaining

See it if you don’t mind a likable, funny, yet unsurprising show about an obnoxious male actor who learns humility after pretending to be a woman.

Don't see it if you need newer musicals to work in sociopolitical commentary with greater subtly—or to have catchy songs. This would've been a better play.

Also Predictable, charming, and working too hard to be relevant (“a man has... Read more Read less

Santino is a rock star!, Great acting, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if You want to see Santino Fontana give a fabulous performance. A less politically insensitive Tootsie reworked for stage. Funny. Just funny.

Don't see it if you are looking for great chemistry between the leads, or great music. One of Yazbek's weaker score. However, a fun and funny evening.

Cliched, Funny

See it if Cocky cis white male can't get hired so he pretends to be a woman and realizes it's tough to be a woman. Really funny jokes, ok songs.

Don't see it if Fake feminism (he superficially gets it, but not really; females don't get much story / real lines), recycled potentially outdated material.

Also Diversity: one person of color, the Black female love interest. Not su... Read more Read less

April 23rd, 2019
“Though it retains the premise of the original, it diverges smartly in both plot and milieu...Fontana gets just about everything right...Even though Horn’s book bristles with zingers, a lot of the humor is so rooted in story it doesn’t need words...Comedy rarely flows as smoothly as it does here....
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April 23rd, 2019
“’Tootsie’ is great for a laugh...Fontana, in the performance of his career to date, stars as Michael Dorsey...This is the rare musical in which the book outshines the score. At their best, Yazbek’s songs are densely wordy and nervy; elsewhere, they are merely agreeable, and sometimes a skosh und...
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April 23rd, 2019
"Despite its razzle-dazzle, 'Tootsie' feels empty at the center. It’s all but impossible to sympathize with the lead, and it’s hard to be that interested in the woman he falls for...Sour center or not, 'Tootsie’s' got bushels of exceptional talent toiling away on it, and these serious chops go a ...
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April 23rd, 2019
“This is a savvy update that manages to combine awareness of the evolution in gender politics with insouciant wit, a playful spirit and an invigorating streak of good-natured vulgarity...The performances right down the line are terrific...Everyone gets their moment. Ellis' extensive experience in...
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