The musical adaptation of Tootsie, the cherished 1982 comedy about a struggling actor who finds success as an actress, has set its sights on a world premiere in Chicago in 2018 ahead of an anticipated Broadway run in 2019.
Producers announced Wednesday that Santino Fontana (Frozen, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and Broadway’s Cinderella) will play the leading role of soap opera star Dorothy Michaels — a.k.a. desperately unemployable actor Michael Dorsey. Fontana takes on the character(s) originally played onscreen by Dustin Hoffman in the film.
The show boasts a score by David Yazbek (currently earning raves on Broadway for his musical The Band’s Visit) and a book by Robert Horn (13). Denis Jones (Holiday Inn) will choreograph, with direction by mainstay Scott Ellis (She Loves Me).
Tootsie will play a brief run at Chicago’s Cadillac Theatre from Sept. 11 through Oct. 14, 2018, before transferring to a Broadway house in the spring of 2019. One could make the argument that it’s only posing as a Chicago show temporarily.