A musical adaptation of the 1982 comedy Tootsie is premiering in Chicago this fall before heading to Broadway in spring 2019.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Santino Fontana will star as struggling actor Michael Dorsey, who auditions for soap opera as the brassy middle-aged Dorothy Michaels and gets the part. Dustin Hoffman played the part in the 1982 film version of Tootsie, which earned Jessica Lange a Best Supporting Actress Oscar as his love interest, Julie Nichols.
In addition to playing Greg on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend from 2016 to 2017, Fontana provided the voice for Prince Hans in Frozen and has graced the Broadway stage numerous times: He was nominated for a Tony for his role as Prince Topher in the 2013 revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and appeared in Billy Elliot, Sunday in the Park with George, The Importance of Being Earnest and Brighton Beach Memoirs.
The musical boasts of additional talent off-stage , as well—including an original score by Tony nominee David Yazbek (The Band’s Visit, The Full Monty), a book by Robert Horn (13; Dame Edna), choreography by Tony nominee Denis Jones (Holiday Inn, Honeymoon in Vegas), and musical direction by Andrea Grody (The Band’s Visit).
Playing at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre from September 11 to October 14, Tootsie will be directed by Olivier winner Scott Ellis (She Loves Me, On the Twentieth Century).