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Tootsie

Tootsie to Close After the New Year

The musical comedy Tootsie, currently playing at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre, will play its final performance just after the New Year rings in. The closing curtain for the Tony-winning show will be on Sunday, January 5, 2020, having played 25 previews and 293 regular performances. A national tour is scheduled to commence in October of 2020, with additional plans for international productions underway.

Tootsie received two Tony Awards, one for star Santino Fontana in the role of Michael Dorsey and his alter ego Dorothy and one for Robert Horn’s comedic book. The show was nominated for eleven 2019 Tony Awards including Best Musical. It features a score by David Yazbek (The Band’s Visit, The Full Monty), direction by Scott Ellis (She Loves Me), and choreography by Denis Jones (Holiday Inn).

Adapted from the Don McGuire and Larry Gelbart story and the Columbia Pictures Motion Picture produced by Punch Productions and starring Dustin Hoffman, Tootsie tells the story of a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until one show-stopping act of desperation lands him the role of a lifetime – as the star of a new Broadway musical.

Joining Fontana on the stage at the Marquis are Tony Award nominee Lilli Cooper as Julie Nichols, Tony Award nominee Sarah Stiles as Sandy Lester, John Behlmann as Max Van Horn, Tony Award nominee Andy Grotelueschen as Jeff Slater, Julie Halston as Rita Marshall, Tony Award winner Michael McGrath as Stan Fields, and Tony Award nominee Reg Rogers as Ron Carlisle. The cast also includes Sissy Bell, Barry Busby, Paula Leggett Chase, Britney Coleman, Leslie Donna Flesner, Jenifer Foote, John Arthur Greene, Drew King, Jeff Kready, Harris Milgrim, Adam Monley, Shina Ann Morris, James Moye, Katerina Papacostas, Nick Spangler, Diana Vaden, and Anthony Wayne.

The design team for Tootsie includes scenic designer David Rockwell, costume designer William Ivey Long, lighting designer Donald Holder, sound designer Brian Ronan, hair and wig design by Paul Huntley, make-up design by Angelina Avallone. Casting is by Jim Carnahan C.S.A. Music supervision is by Andrea Grody & Dean Sharenow, vocal & incidental arrangements by Andrea Grody, dance arrangements by David Chase, orchestrations by Simon Hale, and music coordination by Dean Sharenow.

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His latest book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, released on October 15. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.

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