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Tootsie secures the Marquis Theatre and reveals Broadway dates

The Broadway premiere of Tootsie begins previews at the Marquis Theatre on March 29, 2019, ahead of an official opening on April 23.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Tootsie has found her Broadway home! The new musical company has secured the Marquis Theatre in the heart of Times Square, producers have revealed today, and will begin previews on March 29, 2019, ahead of an official opening on April 23. The world premiere of Tootsie will be staged at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre from September 11 through to October 14, 2018, with an official opening on September 30.

As previously reported, the complete cast of Tootsie includes Tony Award nominee Santino Fontana as Michael Dorsey and alter ego Dorothy Michaels (the dual role made famous on screen by two-time Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman), alongside Lilli Cooper (as Julie Nichols), Sarah Stiles (as Sandy Lester), John Behlmann (as Max Von Horn), Andy Grotelueschen (as Jeff Slater), Julie Halston (as Rita Mallory), Michael McGrath (as Stan Fields), and Reg Rogers (as Ron Carlisle).

Ensemble members include Sissy Bell, Barry Busby, Paula Leggett Chase, Britney Coleman, Leslie Donna Flesner, Jenifer Foote, John Arthur Greene, Drew King, Jeff Kready, Harris Milgrim, Adam Monley, Shina Ann Morris, James Moye, Katerina Papacostas, Diana Vaden and Anthony Wayne.

Based on the story by Don McGuire and Larry Gelbart and Columbia Pictures' 1982 Motion Picture, Tootsie features a book by Robert Horn, with music & lyrics by Tony Award nominee David Yazbek (who is also currently represented on the Great White Way by the smash hit musical The Band's Visit).

Synopsis: "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."

The stage musical is directed by eight-time Tony Award nominee and Olivier Award winner Scott Ellis, with choreography by Tony Award nominee Denis Jones. The creative team also features musical direction by Andrea Grody, scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Donald Holder, and sound design by Brian Ronan, 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.

Scott Sanders Productions are acting as lead producer for the Broadway production.

Released in 1982, the movie "Tootsie" became the second-highest-grossing film of the year (behind "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial") and went on to claim a staggering 10 Academy Award nominations. It also won the Golden Globe in the category of "Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy". Alongside Dustin Hoffman, it also starred Jessica Lange (who won an Oscar for her performance), Terri Garr, Dabney Coleman, and Charles Durning.

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