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  Tootsie at Cadillac Palace Theatre


Cadillac Palace Theatre
151 W. Randolph Chicago

TOOTSIE. Based on the movie the American Film Institute calls "one of the funniest movies of all time," The world premiere comedy musical, 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.

Thru - Oct 14, 2018

Price: $35-$105

Show Type: Musical

Box Office: 800-775-2000

Running Time: 2hrs, 30mins; one intermission

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  Tootsie Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Highly Recommended

"...Still, “Tootsie” gets so very much right. It’s by far the best of this recent crop of Chicago tryouts: I’ve surely never seen a musical comedy so deliciously lampoon the familiar tropes of Broadway choreography (choreographer Denis Jones has both both guts and self-awareness) and, by being so palpably warmhearted, it avoids causing any offense in an era much changed from 1982. No easy feat, that."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Sun Times - Somewhat Recommended

"...Yazbek's score is fine. Given the program's lack of a song list, it is also perhaps still in flux. For now, it includes a mix of aptly soaring I-Want anthems, goofy character songs and pleasingly energetic all-hands-on-deck production numbers. Horn's dialogue has some genuine zingers. Choreographer Scott Ellis has laden the dances with insidery-theater type references which are hilarious, particularly within the show-within-the-show. His narration of steps is a high point in hilarity. Watch for the pop-up "Chorus Line" homage. It's a few bars of heaven."
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Catey Sullivan

Daily Herald - Highly Recommended

"...They delivered. Not only is the shrewd, self-aware "Tootsie" laugh-out-loud funny, but Yazbek and Horn together with director Scott Ellis have excised some of the film's more troubling elements relating to gender, power, sexual harassment and predation, and embraced the current zeitgeist, including the #MeToo movement."
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Barbara Vitello

Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...At its core, though, the story is a feminist win disguised in slapstick. Having a male character discover and internalize what it means to be a woman moving through the world, from high heels to harassment, allows the show to preach beyond the choir and create allies along the way. Michael says it best: "Being a woman is no job for a man.""
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Marissa Oberlander

Time Out Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...That David Yazbek's score is superb shouldn't be surprising-he just won a well-earned Tony Award for The Band's Visit-but it's a cut well above the typical intellectual-property cash-in that one expects from shows like this. In witty and surprising couplets, his lyrics tease out the neurotic, obsessive nature of theater folk, and his loping melodies are a welcome respite from American Idol-style pop wailing."
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Alex Huntsberger

ShowBizChicago - Highly Recommended

"...I am not a huge fan of the current trend of turning movies into musicals. There are times that it pans out and there are times that it fails completely. Tootsie is one of those times where it not only pans out but shows why movies can make good musicals."
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Justin Williams

Let's Play at ChicagoNow - Highly Recommended

"...Director Scott Ellis changes in ‘Tootsie' works deliberately with understanding how pivotal it is for someone such as Michael to go to such lengths to do what he loves; acting! The show is focused on the dual characters that Fontana plays Michael/Dorothy and how they contrast immensely from one another; which make the characters so believable because they are two different compassionate individuals and you get a chance to see how much Michael has grown personally and professionally."
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Rick and Brenda McCain

Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...With music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book by Robert Horn, this version of “Tootsie” is an amazing transformation. FYI, our hero/heroine, Michael/Dorothy ( a beautiful performance by Santino Fontana, who truly makes these characters his own) is now an actor on Broadway, instead of TV and instead of being in a soap opera, becomes the main character in a new Broadway musical telling us the tale of Juliette with Romeo’s brother after she has been saved by Dorothy’s character, the Nurse."
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Alan Bresloff

WTTW - Somewhat Recommended

"...Fontana is a good-looking guy (not a pretty boy), who so effortlessly transforms himself into Dorothy that you never doubt his ability to carry off the ruse. And at the same time that he shows us what a gifted actor Dorsey is, he demonstrates just how talented Fontana himself happens to be. He also has a terrific voice, and sings (and speaks) with equal skill and naturalness as both Michael and Dorothy. Neat trick, and one that makes any comparisons with Dustin Hoffman’s iconic portrayal beside the point."
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Hedy Weiss

Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...As might be expected with a pre-Broadway tryout, there's a little more work that can be accomplished with this script before "Tootsie" opens at the Marriott Marquis next Spring. The show could be shortened without losing anything important. There are a few times when a ballad seems to be simply stating the obvious; Dorothy's reveal as Michael isn't quite as earthshaking the way it's currently staged; and the final moments of the musical feels like the show simply ran out of steam. But an exciting, beautifully choreographed opening number, all of Sarah Stiles' and Andy Grotelueschen's hilarious scenes, Santino Fontana's astounding physical transformations (that sometimes bring to mind Dana Carvey's SNL Church Lady) and his honest, richly detailed characterizations-all of this, and more, add up to a bonafide Broadway hit. "
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Colin Douglas

Chicagoland Musical Theatre - Highly Recommended

"...Tootsie gets it right. With a contemporary book re-write by first-time playwright Robert Horn, this Tootsie is everything a Broadway musical-comedy should be. The bitingly smart, hilarious book is supplemented by a songbook with lyrics of equal wit and tunes that keep the story moving at a quick pace. Quite simply, this is a Chicago tryout of a work nearly ready for New York’s brightest lights."
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Barry Reszel

Third Coast Review - Recommended

"...Scott Ellis directs, with exultant music and lyrics by David Yazbek (The Band's Visit). Musical direction by Andy Grody assures that the music remains the clear focal point of the show while director Ellis pieces all of the comic and scenic elements together seamlessly with flawless choreography (by Denis Jones) and acting. The resulting overall production values of the show, including sleek and realistic sets that magically float in and out with the actors, gives Tootsie a Broadway-worthy polish."
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Kim Campbell

Chicago Theater and Arts - Highly Recommended

"...It is hard to picture the role played any better than it is currently handled by Tony Award nominee Santino Fontana ("Cinderella") who nails the character's angst and Dorothy's feminine side while holding onto his own masculinity, his natural attraction to Juliet (Julie Nichols) plus his feelings for his girlfriend, Sandy Lester (Sarah Stiles)."
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Jodie Jacobs

Chicago On Stage - Recommended

"...There is a lot of excellent news about Tootsie, the new musical by David Yazbek (The Band's Visit) and Robert Horn (13). The good news that this is the best Broadway try-out show we've had in Chicago in a very long time. The better news is that Horn's book is vibrant with wonderful dialogue and jokes, almost all of which land. The great news is that Santino Fontana, who plays Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels, has a mind-boggling voice in both roles, taking advantage of Yazbek's mostly brilliant new songs. But for me, the really great news is that this new Tootsie ameliorates several significant problems that existed in the 1982 film."
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Karen Topham

Picture This Post - Highly Recommended

"...Tootsie has earned a spot in the Golden Age of Broadway pantheon—to use a favorite word of the Michael/Dorothy’s director-nemesis, Stan Fields, played with just the right balance of slime ball and asshole by Reg Rogers. This is a hit and on the fast track for all the Tony Awards there are, and perhaps a newly minted one for Best Zeitgeist Steam Cooker Release Valve, an award yet to be conceived."
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Amy Munice

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