Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Broadway-Bound Tootsie Musical Opens in Chicago

Santino Fontana and Dustin Hoffman

Musical stars 2000 Donna Reed Festival scholarship finalist Santino Fontana

The best moment in “Tootsie,” which opened its pre-Broadway tryout in Chicago on September 30, is not when the remarkable Santino Fontana first appears in a dress as Dorothy, the ill-advised creation of an out-of-work actor turned by the relentless cruelty of a rejection-heavy biz into a two-bit, Midtown version of Dr. Frankenstein. It is when Fontana first opens his mouth to sing.

The musical adaptation of Tootsie, features a score by The Band’s Visit Tony winner David Yazbek and book by Robert Horn. It opened its pre-Broadway engagement at Broadway in Chicago’s Cadillac Theatre September 30. Performances continue through October 14.

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