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Tootsie (Chicago)

Across 19 member reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Great singing

About the show

This new musical comedy tells the story of a talented, but difficult-to-work-with actor who will do anything to land the role of a lifetime—including adopting a new persona as Dorothy Michaels. More…

Based on the hit 1982 film, 'Tootsie' stars Tony nominee Santino Fontana ('Cinderella,' 'Frozen'), and 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'). The production is scheduled to come to Broadway in the spring of 2019.

Member Reviews (19)


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

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love the bones of Tootsie -Santino Fontana's audition number is a showstopper. He's wonderful! Supporting cast was good.

Don't see it if It gives up some of the best film moments, but it's still a great farce. The play moves the action to a "Musical" instead of a Soap Opera

Also There are a few GREAT laughs. The young leading man's schtick is hyste... Read more Read less

Hilarious, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you love laughing out loud and must see some of the best performances on Broadway this season. Tony award here they come!

Don't see it if you are a curmudgeon or ill tempered and hate to laugh.

Also Accolades to Andy Grotelueschen for playing a sweet, slightly unattrac... Read more Read less

Not-great score, Not-bad score, Well-paced direction, Delightful, Bravura cast

See it if u want a solid show w/Fontana pulling off a challenging derring-do, Behlmann & stomach being first-rate hilarious, and everyone else grand.

Don't see it if u want songs that u'll be singing 4 decades. And is a straight man in drag outrageous in this RuPaul nation? Uncle Miltie got away with it.

Funny, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if you loved “Tootsie,” the film, but want to see how something can be successfully re-imagined for the stage. This is surprisingly funny.

Don't see it if you like stage adaptations where the film is literally transferred to the stage, word for word. This approach never works.

Also Broadway producers who are adapting movies for the stage should see ho... Read more Read less

Clever, Funny, Relevant

See it if you want a cast that has fantastic chemistry, a show that's timely without being heavy-handed, is laugh-out-loud funny, and well-paced.

Don't see it if you want a show that has a large number of full-cast/ensemble musical numbers, you don't like shows that are more meta.

Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Clever

See it if (This is NYC)If you love traditional, big, splashy Broadway musicals. A real overture and a real entre acte. Great dancing!

Don't see it if You are looking for something edgy or thought-provoking. Also, it's a little over-miced, so don't go with a headache! It's 30 min too long.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Great singing

See it if You like a light hearted musical that carries the spirit of the original film while still managing to offer some commentary on gender

Don't see it if it felt a bit uneven, but this was previews so I'd cut it some slack. It's a bit more heavy handed than the film, but I liked that

Also I was definitely nervous going in because obviously a lot has changed ... Read more Read less

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

See it if You like comedies, great acting, and great singing.

Don't see it if You want a re-hash of the movie, an award-winning score, or a show with a serious tone.

Also The book is sensational! I was disappointed with Pretty Woman, because... Read more Read less

Great writing, Great staging, Quirky, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You want a light hearted and fun show to keep yourself entertained! The performance and energy was great

Don't see it if You are tired and can’t pay attention to the lyrics of the songs.

Quirky, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You've seen the classic movie...but also if you haven't. This show is inspired by the 1982 film but is a powerhouse production on its own!

Don't see it if You've seen the movie and dislike the premise.

Delightful, Masterful, Intelligent, Relevant, Must see

See it if You want a masterful night at the theatre. Impressive production in all ways. Standout sets, voices, action, coreography, music A MUST SEE!

Don't see it if You don't like the movie

Clever, Enchanting, Masterful, Hilarious, Must see

See it if You want to have a great night on the theatre. Want to laugh a lot, and see incredible performances. And want to listen to great music.

Don't see it if You are a grumpy old dude

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Slow

See it if you like Santino Fontana. He's the best part of the show.

Don't see it if you are looking for romance. Dorothy's suitor is now a young actor, played unbelievably and only for laughs. And Michael's story is dull

During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Great acting

See it if you enjoyed the film "Tootsie" and/or if you are looking for a fun, entertaining musical.

Don't see it if you don't live in or are visiting Chicago. This is a good show, but it's still being developed. I'd recommend waiting until it comes to NYC.

During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if You like new shows with witty dialogue and well sung songs. (Genuinely laugh out loud funny as well) You like Santino Fontana.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with drag and cursing. You expect to hear the music from the movie.

During previews
Clever, Funny, Quirky, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You like good writing, current themes, women’s empowerment and scores with a variety of styles

Don't see it if You want to leave “humming something,” drag freaks you out, or you don’t like women

During previews
Great acting, Great singing, Hilarious, Refreshing, Clever

See it if like a good musical comedy with great acting and singing from the whole cast, clever lyrics, and hilarious adjustments to the movie script.

Don't see it if you cannot stand any changes to the original movie, or you insist that a hummable tune is the only standard for good score of a musical.

Also Santino Fontana absolutely shines as Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels. ... Read more Read less

During previews
Delightful, Funny, Cute, Lively, Fun

See it if You like David Yazbek's other shows, you like Santino Fontana, you want to see something amusing and cute.

Don't see it if You are looking for a serious show with a lot of deep meaning.

During previews
Entertaining, Hilarious, Great writing

See it if You enjoy a great comedy, the sit-com joke vibe and great acting.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you're only there for the songs, they are great but the the central point in the show.

October 2nd, 2018
“A jaunty new stage musical adaptation...Most everything comes off with a vibrant musical-comedy zeal, from Horn’s fresh and funny one-liners to Yazbek’s brassy-funky-jazzy score to the comic performances led by Fontana...It’s all absurd, ridiculous to the point of surreality, but the musical-the...
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October 1st, 2018
“The best moment in ‘Tootsie’ when Fontana first opens his mouth to sing...A very funny show...mostly due to Horn’s book...The sound has a movie-score quality...Dorothy’s big reveal as Michael is very much a letdown here. It’s rushed and it doesn’t have either the requisite dramatic tension ...
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October 1st, 2018
“Featuring a winning jazzy pop score...The show's greatest assets might very well prove to be its witty book...and its leading man, Fontana...Horn has produced what is one of the funniest musical comedies in years...Fontana succeeds in making what could easily be an unlikable character somewhat l...
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October 2nd, 2018
“Horn's adaptation works as stage farce...The new dialogue is mostly laugh out-loud funny...Grotelueschen...nearly steals the show from Fontana, who is an impressive singer who's a little unnuanced...but a fine drag performer...Ellis and his cast ensure the jokes all land, and Yazbek's jazzy, bra...
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