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Tootsie Announces Full Cast for World Premiere Starring Santino Fontana

Lilli Cooper, Sarah Stiles, and more join the lineup.

Santino Fontana will star in the new comedy musical Tootsie.
Santino Fontana will star in the new comedy musical Tootsie.
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Complete casting has been announced for the world premiere Chicago production of the new comedy musical Tootsie.

Joining previously announced Tony Award nominee Santino Fontana as Michael Dorsey will be Lilli Cooper as Julie Nichols, Sarah Stiles as Sandy Lester, John Behlmann as Max Von Horn, Andy Grotelueschen as Jeff Slater, Julie Halston as Rita Mallory, Michael McGrath as Stan Fields, and Reg Rogers as Ron Carlisle.

The company will also include 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.

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 production will play a pre-Broadway engagement this fall at Broadway In Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre, September 11-October 14. The production will come to Broadway next spring.

Tootsie will be directed by Scott Ellis and will feature a score by David Yazbek, a book by Robert Horn, choreography by Denis Jones. The creative team will include David Rockwell (sets), William Ivey Long (costumes), Donald Holder (lights), and Brian Ronan (sound).

Scott Sanders Productions is the lead producer. The Sydney Pollack film was written by Larry Gelbart and Murray Schisgal, with uncredited contributions by Barry Levinson and Elaine May.