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Tootsie Musical Will Come to Broadway in 2019

Santino Fontana will star in the pre-Broadway world premiere in Chicago this fall.

Santino Fontana stars as Michael Dorsey in the pre-Broadway world premiere of Tootsie at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre.
(© David Gordon)

Scott Sanders Productions has announced that the new musical comedy Tootsie will open on Broadway on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at the Marquis Theatre, with preview performances set to begin March 29. As previously announced, the production will have its world premiere this fall at Broadway In Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre, running September 11-October 14, with an official opening on September 30.

Directed by eight-time Tony nominee Scott Ellis (She Loves Me), Tootsie features an original score by Tony winner David Yazbek (The Band's Visit), a book by Robert Horn (13), choreography by Tony nominee Denis Jones (Holiday Inn), and musical direction by Andrea Grody (The Band's Visit).

Tootsie tells the story of a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until an audacious, desperate stunt lands him the role of a lifetime. The Chicago cast is led by Tony nominee Santino Fontana (Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella) as Michael Dorsey (played by Dustin Hoffman in the 1982 film), Lilli Cooper (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Julie Nichols, Tony nominee Sarah Stiles (Hand to God) as Sandy Lester, John Behlmann (Significant Other) as Max Van Horn, Andy Grotelueschen (Cyrano de Bergerac) as Jeff Slater, Julie Halston (On the Town) as Rita Marshall, Tony winner Michael McGrath (She Loves Me) as Stan Fields, and Tony nominee Reg Rogers (The Iceman Cometh) as Ron Carlisle.

Rounding out the company are 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, Diana Vaden, and Anthony Wayne.

The design team includes scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Donald Holder, sound design by 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 and Dean Sharenow, vocal arrangements by Andrea Grody, dance arrangements by David Chase, orchestrations by Simon Hale, and music coordination by Dean Sharenow.

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