The stage adaptation Tootsie may have made it through this summer’s big culling of Broadway musicals, but it will only barely last out the year. The producers behind the movie-to-musical adaptation, which stars Santino Fontana, announced today that Tootsie will play its last performances at the Marquis Theatre on January 5, 2020. The production was nominated for 11 Tony Awards earlier this year, but won only two — for Fontana’s lead performance as Michael Dorsey, an out-of-work actor who takes on the persona of Dorothy Michaels to get work (the role Dustin Hoffman played in the movie), and for Robert Horn’s book. Tootsie will still live on (a.k.a. try to make up the money lost on Broadway) in a national tour that’ll launch at Shea’s Buffalo Theater in Buffalo, New York, in October 2020, and in “several international productions,” according to producers. For anyone who’s still longing to watch a movie about cross-dressing with questionable gender politics get reformatted for Broadway, good news: A Mrs. Doubtfire musical is coming this spring!
Lili Cooper in Tootsie. Photo: Matthew Murphy