The Comedy Musical TOOTSIE is headed to Broadway and I’m here to say it is a hit.
When I saw that TOOTSIE was being made in to a musical I took a deep breath, let out a sigh, and thought, “Okay another remake from a movie that won’t capture the spirit of the original form.” WRONG!!!! I haven’t had so much fun at the theatre in a long time.
I won’t go into the plot because most of you already know the premise. All I will say is put Dustin Hoffman out of your mind.
The star of the production is Robert Horn’s book. The script is amazing with relative points, funny interactions, and a freshness that is so needed in musical theater these days. The score by Tony Award-winner David Yazbek is the exclamation point on the script. The songs and the dialogue go hand in hand in a seamless way. Hat’s off to Director, seven time Tony Award nominee and Olivier Award winner Scott Ellis for choosing an A Plus cast that could bring the energy, voices, and emotions to pull this off.
It could have been a hot mess but it wasn’t. It was invigorating, fun, thoughtful, and in the present.
Santino Fontana as Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels is so good I never saw one leak into the other. His mannerisms, voice, and movement as both characters were separate but equal. I must find out what undergarments he was wearing as Dorothy. They not only held him in but gave him a shape to die for.
Lillie Cooper’s portrayal of Julie Nichols was relaxed, easy, and wonderfully normal and the girl can really sing.
I wish I could say something about each of the characters individually but this review would grow to 12 pages; they were all brilliant in their own skin.
TOOTSIE is Broadway bound and will only be at the Cadillac Palace Theatre only until October 14th. I suggest you get your tickets and see it before it leaves.
Until next time keep your EYE to the sky!