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Why see Tootsie?

Flying Out On Tour 

After wowing critics and audiences on Broadway, the eleven-time Tony-nominated Tootsie is heading out on its first national tour! Adapted from the 1980's film, Tootsie features original music by Tony Award winner David Yazbeck (The Band's Visit) and a book by Tony nominee Robert Horn. This brand new musical comedy follows one failing actor whose terrible behavior sees him take on a larger than life new personality to start a fresh...

A financial and critical success when it opened back in '82, the movie went on to receive ten Academy-Award nominations, with the top acting prize heading to Jessica Lange. Described in turns as 'Not your grandmother's Tootsie' (Director Scott Ellis) and a 'Bouncy musical (that) turns the story into a full-on satire of the narcissistic male ego' (Variety), it looks as if Tootsie is ready to take on the 21st Century with aplomb.


When obsessive perfectionist Michael is fired from a Broadway gig due to his proclivities, he decides that change is necessary - even if it means his gender. Taking to drag to pass himself off as the glamorous 'Dorothy', he soon lands a new job. But watch out Broadway, makeup and clothes are no match for this ego!

Key Information

Run Time

Two hours and 35 minutes with one interval


Finished Feb 15, 2023


Ashley Alexandra as Julie Nichols
Payton Reilly as Sandy Lester
Jared David Michael Grant as Jeff Slater
Lukas James Miller as Max Van Horn
Kathy Halenda as Rita Marshall
Steve Brustien as Stan Fields
Adam Du Plessis as Ron Carlise


Leyla Ali, Connor Allston, Darius Aushay, Michael Bingham, Kyra Christopher, Delaney Gold, Maverick Hin, Dominique Kempf, Marquez Linder, Nicolette Quintero, Alex Ruiz, Stephanie Renee Salyers, Lexi Baldachino, Ashton Lambert


Directed by Scott Ellis
Music and lyrics by David Yazbek
Book by Robert Horn
Choreography by Denis Jones
Musical direction by Andrea Grody
Set by David Rockwell
Costumes by William Ivey Long
Lighting by Donald Holder
Sound design by Brian Ronan


Tony Awards, 2019 - Wins

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical - Santino Fontana
Best Book of a Musical - Robert Horn

Tony Awards, 2019 - Nominations

Best New Musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical - Santino Fontana
Best Book of a Musical - Robert Horn
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre - David Yazbek
Best Direction of a Musical - Scott Ellis
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical - Andy Grotelueschen
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical - Lilli Cooper
Best Choreography - Denis Jones
Best Orchestrations - Simon Hale
Best Costume Design of a Musical - William Ivey Long

Drama Desk Awards, 2019 - Wins

Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Santino Fontana
Outstanding Music
Outstanding Lyrics
Outstanding Book of a Musical


Our review

Fun, Fabulous, Fierce

This review is about the original Broadway production.

Nicola Quinn

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Customer reviews

41 reviews, average rating: (2.8 Stars)

Tammi Lake

A Little Different

I guess I wasn't prepared for the script to differ so much from the movie. I couldn't figure out the time period. The apartment sets even seemed to be in a different time from each other! I enjoyed the performances. This was the last show and I saw no sign of fatigue. The costumes?? They were the most confusing. I almost think the actors would have been better off wearing their own clothes for most of the scenes. Proctors is of course a lovely theatre. I wasn't thrilled to see a dog brought to the show. Really? ... Read more

L. Adkins

Good but don't expect the movie plot

We saw Tootsie last Saturday, if you like Broadway musicals, you will enjoy the show, if you are expecting the plot of the movie, you will be disappointed. That said, we liked it very much. The cast was talented and I was thrilled to see so much diversity in the cast! My husband especially enjoyed the "You f'd it Up" number. Finally a musical song he understands he laughs. It was a great night out for a couple. ... Read more


Overall great!

There were moments when hearing was difficult but I have had the same problem with several of this year's productions so I think it is the Theater's problem. This show was FABULOUS!! It was clever, funny, and very entertaining! ... Read more


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