When the 1982 movie “Tootsie,” starring Dustin Hoffman as Michael Dorsey, hit the cinemas, the box office tills didn’t stop ringing. In fact, it became the second-highest-grossing film of that year (second only to Steven Spielberg’s legendary “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”) and went on to win three Golden Globes (for “Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy” and for Mr. Hoffman and his co-star Jessica Lange for their respective performances) and receive a staggering ten Oscar nominations (with Ms. Lange ultimately getting the nod for her portrayal of Julie Nichols).

Ever since then “Tootsie” has remained a firm favorite for movie buffs across the globe, thanks in particular to Hoffman’s iconic performance as uber-difficult actor Michael Dorsey, who, after being told by his agent that nobody will work with him (or offer him work) anymore, comes up with the outlandish idea of presenting himself as a woman by the name of Dorothy Michaels to land a female role that would change his life in more ways than one. Witness the fun and the frolics, but also the lessons learned by a man becoming a woman in a man’s world.

A musical adaptation of the cherished film was rumoured to be in development for a number of years until it was made official in January 2018 that Tootsie would indeed land on Broadway and that it has fallen to Tony Award nominee Santino Fontana to originate the role of Michael Dorsey for the stage. A seasoned Broadway veteran with credits ranging from Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella to Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge and Billy Elliot – The Musical, most will know Mr. Fontana as the voice of Prince Hans, the antagonist in Disney’s animated classic “Frozen,” or as Greg Serrano on the hit TV series “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” In short, if there’s anybody ready to take on the daunting task of Michael Dorsey (and Dorothy Michaels, of course) then it’s him.

For the musical, Robert Horn has written a new book, switching the movie’s soap opera setting to the industry that is Broadway, and David Yazbek has provided the score. Mr. Yazbek is, of course, no stranger to the screen-to-stage adaptation genre, having already written Tony-nominated music and lyrics for Broadway shows such as The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and, more recently, a Tony-winning score for The Band’s Visit.

The pre-Broadway world premiere engagement of Tootsie was staged at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre from September 11 through to October 14, 2018, with the Broadway premiere beginning performances on March 29, 2019, ahead of an official opening at the Marquis Theatre on April 23.

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Running time: 
2hrs 30mins (including 1 intermission)
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About Tootsie:

Tootsie tells the story of a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until an audacious, desperate stunt lands him the role of a lifetime.

Music & Lyrics by David Yazbek, with a Book by Robert Horn, based on the story by Don McGuire & Larry Gelbart and the Columbia Pictures Motion Picture
Scott Sanders Productions, James L. Nederlander and Sally Horchow International Productions
Scott Ellis
Donald Holder
Brian Ronan
David Rockwell
Denis Jones
William Ivey Long
Cast list:
Santino Fontana (as Michael Dorsey / Dorothy Michaels), Lilli Cooper (as Julie Nichols), Sarah Stiles (as Sandy Lester), John Behlmann (as Max Van Horn), Andy Grotelueschen (as Jeff Slater), Julie Halston (as Rita Marshall), Michael McGrath (as Stan Fields), and Reg Rogers (as Ron Carlisle)
Other info:
Musical Direction by Andrea Grody, Music Supervision by Andrea Grody & Dean Sharenow, Vocal Arrangements by Andrea Grody, Dance Arrangements by David Chase, Orchestrations by Simon Hale, Music Coordination by Dean Sharenow, Hair & Wig Design by Paul Huntley, and Make-up Design by Angelina Avallone
Tootsie Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
March 29, 2019
Opening date: 
April 23, 2019
January 5, 2020

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

Marquis Theatre

1535 Broadway (between 45th and 46th Street), New York, NY 10036
Nearest subway station:
49th Street station

Latest Tootsie News & Features

Santino Fontana in Tootsie
Tootsie, starring Santino Fontana, sets Broadway closing date
November 12, 2019

Producers of the Broadway premiere of Tootsie have now posted a closing notice with the final performance set to take place at the Marquis Theatre on January 5, 2020. Upon closing, the new musical, based on the beloved 1982 Dustin Hoffman-led movie, will have played a total of 25 previews and 293 regular performances on the Great White Way. Producers also announced that the show's North American Tour would launch at Shea’s Buffalo Theater in Buffalo, New York, in October 2020, in addition to several international productions already in development. 

Santino Fontana in Tootsie
A New York Theatre Guide to... Tootsie!
May 6, 2019

With a fabulous total of no less than 11 Tony Award nominations (including “Best Musical”), the Broadway premiere of Tootsie is as critically acclaimed as it is crowd-pleasing! Based on the 1982 Dustin Hoffman-led movie and adapted for the Broadway stage by Robert Horn, Tootsie originally premiered at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre in September 2018, before heading to the Great White Way and beginning performances at the Marquis Theatre on March 29, 2019.

Our Tootsie Review

Broadway's Marquis Theatre was previously home, nearly a quarter of a century ago, to a film to stage version of Victor/Victoria that saw Julie Andrews recreating her film role as a female performer who adopts a male persona to become a star in a Paris nightclub.