×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Tootsie’ Musical Heading to Broadway in 2019

Tootsie” is on its way to Broadway, setting a pre-Broadway run in Chicago this fall, with producers hoping to open the show in New York in the spring of 2019.

Santino Fontana, the Tony nominee (“Cinderella”) whose screen work includes “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and the voice of the devious prince Hans in “Frozen,” will step into the role played by Dustin Hoffman in the 1982 Columbia Pictures comedy. David Yazbek, currently the toast of Broadway with his strong-selling awards contender “The Band’s Visit,” will pen the score with a book by Robert Horn (“Living Single,” “13,” “Dame Edna: Back With a Vengeance”), based on the story by Don McGuire and Larry Gelbart.

Scott Ellis, whose recent Broadway work includes the Roundabout Theatre Company revivals of “She Loves Me” and “On the Twentieth Century,” directs, with Denis Jones (“Holiday Inn”) on board to choreograph.

Tootsie,” a comedy about a difficult actor who adopts a new female persona to land a job, is the first project to come to fruition from a partnership between Scott Sanders Productions (“The Color Purple,” “The Pee-wee Herman Show”) and Sony Pictures. Sanders is also the head of global entertainment at Westfield Corporation, which acquired Scott Sanders Productions in 2016.

The film, which rang in more than $175 million at the U.S. box office when it was released, lends the musical a fondly remembered and instantly recognizable title. But the comedy also touches on issues of gender politics and identity that will need to be addressed with renewed care in the current climate. (Hoffman himself has recently faced allegations of misconduct.)

“Tootsie” is set to run Sept. 11 to Oct. 14 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago. Exact dates and theater for a Broadway run, as well as further casting details, remain to be set.

More Legit

  • A Strange Loop review

    Off Broadway Review: 'A Strange Loop'

    “No one cares about a writer who is struggling to write,” sings the anxiety-ridden lead character in Michael R. Jackson’s sometimes exhilarating, sometimes exasperating new musical, “A Strange Loop,” at Playwrights Horizons. The abundantly talented Jackson takes the otherwise tired trope of the young, poor and sensitive artist trying to discover his true self and [...]

  • Richard E Grant Everybody's Talking About

    Richard E. Grant to Play Former Drag Queen in 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie'

    Oscar-nominated actor Richard E. Grant will portray a former drag queen and mentor in “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,” the movie adaptation of the British stage musical. “Catastrophe” co-creator and star Sharon Horgan and “Happy Valley” star Sarah Lancashire have also joined the film. Max Harwood will play the titular role of Jamie, a role inspired [...]

  • The Secret Life of Bees review

    Off Broadway Review: 'The Secret Life of Bees'

    There’s a sweet sense of sisterhood that’s simply divine in “The Secret Life of Bees,” the heartwarming new musical at the Atlantic Theater Company based on Sue Monk Kidd’s bestselling 2002 coming-of-age novel, set in South Carolina in 1964 amid Civil Rights struggles. (A 2008 film adaptation starred Dakota Fanning and Queen Latifah.) The feeling [...]

  • 10 Comics to Watch

    Variety Announces 10 Comics to Watch for 2019

    Variety has chosen its 10 Comics to Watch for 2019. The honorees will be profiled in the July 18 issue of Variety and at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal at a cocktail party on Thursday, July 25, followed by a panel and showcase on Friday, July 26. The events are sponsored by Cohen & Gardner LLP. The [...]

  • Vanessa Hudgens So You Think You

    Vanessa Hudgens, Hailey Kilgore to Star in Reading of 'The Notebook' Musical

    Vanessa Hudgens and Tony-nominee Hailey Kilgore are joining an upcoming reading of Ingrid Michaelson’s stage adaptation of “The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks. Tony nominee Michael Greif is set to direct the reading, which will open June 23 at Vassar College’s Martel Theater as part of their Powerhouse Theater season. Kilgore will star as the younger [...]

  • Moulin Rouge director Alex Timbers

    'Beetlejuice,' 'Moulin Rouge!' Director Alex Timbers on Creating Worlds on Broadway

    In the past year, Alex Timbers has directed the Tony-nominated “Beetlejuice” and the stage adaptation of “Moulin Rouge!” (which begins previews June 28 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre). Here, he reflects on his most recent projects and the challenges of bringing two iconic movie musicals to Broadway within a year.  Both your musicals live in [...]

  • Actor Anthony Ramos Signs With Republic

    Actor Anthony Ramos Signs With Republic Records (EXCLUSIVE)

    Singer-songwriter and actor Anthony Ramos, known for his roles in “Hamilton” and “A Star Is Born,” has signed with Republic Records, the company announced today. Ramos will release his forthcoming debut album later this year, with new music expected this summer. Footage from the signing aired on his YouTube series today. “Anthony is a true [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content