It has been over 30 years since the cult classic movie Tootsie made waves in Hollywood. Thanks to its humor and keen observations of the relationship between men and women, the movie became an instant classic for all movie lovers. A satire about the acting industry, the movie pokes fun at the grueling process of getting that acting job. It is not easy for many aspirants to reach that dream in the limelight, and the film brilliantly demonstrated that. After decades and due to high demand, this gender-bender comedy is coming to the stage. This time, Michael Dorsey (the main character of the movie and now the musical) is looking for a way to get his big break on Broadway. With its national tour amusing people around the country, grab the chance to catch this musical live on stage this summer at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis.
“Musical comedy heaven.” – Rolling Stone
“The most uproarious new musical in years!” – The Hollywood Reporter
“Hilarious and thoroughly modern!” – People Magazine
Storywise, Tootsie: The Musical did not deviate as much from its source material. The story follows the escapades of Michael Dorsey, a neurotic, jobless, 40-year-old actor. He cannot seem to find a job as an actor and is later told it is because of his unlikable personality. Because no producers cast him, he resorted to dressing like a lady and named himself Dorothy Michaels. Astonishingly, he got the role, and the opportunity to shine is nearly upon him. However, as the story goes, no one ever will flourish when deceiving people. As the musical progresses, Michael gradually comes to realize this.
The most evident aspect in which the stage adaptation deviates from the source material is that it focuses on a Broadway musical rather than a soap opera. To no one’s surprise, the premise lights up even better on the stage. A highlight of the play will be the creative and lively characters that have been tweaked to create a distinct musical feel. “By moving the show to Broadway, we get the chance both to pay tribute to the theater and make fun of it,” the musical’s writer Robert Horn explained in an interview.
Tootsie: The Musical flaunts the creativity of David Yazbek for the music, Robert Horn for the book, Denis Jones for choreography, David Rockwell for scenic design, William Ivey Long for costumes, Donald Holder for lighting, and Scott Ellis for direction. All of them have been celebrated for their past works. As a result, a good show is to be expected.
“Horn’s funny and bawdy book, Yazbek’s hilarious lyrics and Denis Jones’ choreography are the highlights of the show.” – San Diego Union Tribune
“Tootsie is a very funny show, mostly due to Horn’s book.” – Chicago Tribune
The musical premiered on September 11, 2018, at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. It stayed there until October 14, 2018. On April 23, 2019, the Broadway production opened at the Marquis Theatre following previews on March 29, 2019. As expected, it went big there. Most critics have given it positive or so-so reviews, and it has also gained popularity with viewers. After playing 293 regular performances and 25 previews, the production closed on January 5, 2020.
Awards came with its successful run. During the 2019 Tony Awards, it gained eleven nominations and bagged two wins. Rober Horn achieved recognition for “Best Book of a Musical” and “Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical” by Santino Fontana. That same year, the musical won multiple awards from other significant award-giving bodies; two from the Outer Critics Circle Awards, a “Best in Musical” win from the Drama Critics’ Circle Awards, and three plaques from the Drama Desk Awards.
In 2020, its national tour commenced, which continues to tour nationwide. An upcoming West End production was also announced. Furthermore, productions will be staged in Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan.
The majestic Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota, will be filled with laughs as this treasured musical comes to entertain, this June 20 to 25, 2023. Mark your calendars! You still have enough time to reserve tickets not only for yourself but also for your loved ones. To learn more about the show and to reserve your tickets, click on any of the “Get Tickets” links on this site.