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“This version of ‘Tootsie’ is an amazing transformation...A beautiful performance by Fontana, who truly makes these characters his own...While the songs are for the most part not ones that you will remember, they are cute and add to the story-line which is what a musical should do. The supporting characters are powerful and the ensemble dynamic...An adorable, fun-filled musical with a zesty ensemble...These energetic performers dance and sing their way into our hearts as this story unfolds.” Full Review
"A 'happily ever after' play with some powerful songs that help to propel the story-telling and a vibrant cast of player to make it happen...I don’t think it will win any Tony Awards, but for those who loved the movie (about half of the audience knew every scene), this is a must-see. The nice part of the show is that even if you never saw the original movie or even were aware of the storyline, this production would make for an evening of solid entertainment." Full Review
for a previous production "A part comedy, part tragedy that takes us away from reality for 90 spellbinding minutes…What makes the show work? First of all, it is in the hands of the award-winning director/choreographer Rachel Rockwell...Her creativity is unique and fitting for a show featuring music from almost every genre…This is the start of something that could become a new cult show and we may see this show around for many years. This is unique storytelling and a story that is worth telling." Full Review
for a previous production "Mantello has taken the words of D’Amour and with his own “amour” has painted a picture for us of the outcasts and misfits of the world and how they can make life more interesting than those who lead what we call normal lives. To make this happen, besides the brilliance of the script and story, and the rousing energetic cast, it takes the production staff to fill the whole thing out." Full Review
for a previous production "Bruce Norris is an amazing playwright, that audiences either love or hate. His newest play, directed with a special touch by Pam Mackinnon, is 90 minutes of pure comedy, but it is not for everybody...While the topic is one that may offend some theater audience members, it is handled with great skill and even the complex use of the “F” bomb doesn’t hinder the smoothness in which they skillfully bring to light the eternal struggle for power, status , and having sex!" Full Review
for a previous production "While there are some cute scenes, some of which designed to get a laugh just from the 'shock' value, I find the entire production incomplete...Each character has his or her own problems and while you might find yourself laughing at some of the comic touches, for the most part, you will leave the theater being grateful that your life is not what you just witnessed on the stage. All of them are A**holes, with no real redeeming qualities." Full Review
"These ladies can all sing and act, and what makes the story-telling work is that the three alter-egos help each other to make it through some of the hardest parts of their life...I loved the projections and the feeling that we were indeed eavesdropping on the making of the documentary and of course, the amazing costumes were by Bob Mackie...The ensemble is important to a show such as this because of the dance numbers and the ease of movement." Full Review
for a previous production "Helena Rubinstein is played to perfection by Patti Lupone...Elizabeth Arden is gloriously brought to life by Christine Ebersole…There are no memorable songs. Yes, Ms Ebersole and Ms Lupone do sing solos and duets, and while they are strong in voice with ranges that are amazing, the songs themselves are not meaningful and almost all of them pretty much sound alike...This is a strong story that gives us a long look into an industry that most of us were not aware of." Full Review
for a previous production "The energy of this cast exceeded my expectations, and the story was nice, I am thinking that this show will probably survive on Broadway because of the music of Gloria Estefan...The producers have assembled the best of Broadway to make this show the gem that it is. A great idea, as these people know what audiences want...This story is told through the energy of the music and the performance of some amazing talents." Full Review
for a previous production "Smoothly directed by Kurt Johns, we are taken on a journey that allows us into the heart and soul of an often quoted statesman...Keaton has taken Churchill’s own writings and the teleplay 'Winston Churchill' to a new level and has opened the pages of history so that we can peek in and see the man behind the legendary stories...For those of you who love a bit of comedy with your history, catch this brilliant biography." Full Review
for a previous production "The stage version, that is now on the stage at The Cadillac Palace Theatre, as part of the Broadway In Chicago season, is a festive and cute holiday entertainment, and although the star, Will Blum is very close to Ferrell, the musical version falls a little flat... I found this show to appear as one might see in a Community Theater. Our local Community Theater would never touch this show, but if they did, it would far surpass what is on the stage at The Cadillac Palace." Full Review
for a previous production "This is an outstanding showcase for the two talented actors, but I for one found the story to be just a little long and while the music was beautiful, it was also very repetitious. Perhaps, the writers might want to consider making this a 90-100 minute show instead of the 2 plus hours." Full Review