With solely a few previews in Chicago below its corset, “Tootsie” is shaping as much as be successful.
Buzz was constructing throughout rehearsals for Santino Fontana, as the primary character, and it exploded after the primary efficiency Tuesday night time on the Cadillac Palace Theatre.
“I simply noticed subsequent yr’s Tony-winning efficiency for Finest Actor in a Musical,” a high-powered Broadway government texted when the curtain got here down.
Fontana performs the Dustin Hoffman function of Michael Dorsey, an actor so fussy and demanding, no one will solid him. He transforms himself into Dorothy Michaels and turns into a star — and a greater particular person.
The stage model retains “the bones” of the 1982 film, a manufacturing supply says, “however has been utterly rethought for the stage.”
The large change is the setting. The film occurred on the earth of cleaning soap operas. The musical’s creators — composer David Yazbek, author Robert Horn and director Scott Ellis — have set their story on Broadway, the place Dorothy turns into a musical-comedy sensation of Bette Midler-like fame.
Whereas the movie had Dorothy’s rise chronicled through journal covers, accompanied by the lyrics “Go, Tootsie, go!,” the musical reveals her title showing on one Broadway marquee after one other.
Michael’s love curiosity, Julie (Lilli Cooper, late of “SpongeBob SquarePants”), nonetheless throws a martini in Michael’s face, however the musical has eradicated her father (performed by Charles Durning within the film), who unwittingly falls in love with Dorothy. Within the stage adaptation, her admirer is now the male lead within the present throughout the present.
Dorothy’s director within the musical is modeled on Dabney Coleman’s sexist cleaning soap director. As performed by Reg Rogers, the character continues to be conceited however, in these #MeToo occasions, not a predator.
Michael McGrath has a memorable flip as Michael’s long-suffering agent, however the restaurant they meet in has been switched from the Russian Tea Room to one thing resembling Joe Allen.
Gone altogether is probably the most well-known line within the movie: “How do you are feeling about Cleveland?”
However the musical has some recent zingers from Horn, who’s written for some humorous TV collection, “Designing Girls” amongst them.
“It’s an actual e book musical,” says a supply, including: “The wit and romance from the film are in place.”
“Tootsie” opens Sept. 30 in Chicago. Previews start March 29 in New York on the Marquis Theatre.
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British theater royalty turned out for director Peter Corridor’s memorial service Tuesday at Westminster Abbey. The listing of legends included Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Ian McKellen and Vanessa Redgrave.
David Hare thanked Corridor for launching and boosting the careers of many “pale male” playwrights like himself within the second half of the 20th century.
Richard Eyre recalled pitching reveals to Corridor on the Nationwide Theatre, which Corridor ran from 1973 to 1988. The late director, Eyre stated, was extraordinarily attentive and took a number of notes. As Eyre bought as much as go away, he appeared over at Corridor’s desk and noticed the notes started with, “Decide up dry cleansing.”
At a personal occasion on the Nationwide after the service, Simon Callow advised a shaggy dog story about Maggie Smith being one in every of Corridor’s first stage managers. Whereas he was speaking, Smith got here out and started sweeping the stage “very Carol Burnett type,” says one of many VIPs.
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