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Our review of Tootsie

I Like What She's Doing!

Nicola QuinnNicola Quinn, May 13th, 2019

Fun, Fabulous, Fierce

This is a classic musical comedy with laugh-a-minute dialogue, you can't go wrong.

Michael Dorsey is a miserable overworked New Yorker throwing hours of his life into his survival job as a server, desperate to land an acting gig rooted in truth so he can live his dream. After getting fired from a bad musical with the tyrannical testosterone-oozing director he embarks on a gender-bending journey, convinced that women have more opportunities, and might have it easier. 

Tootsie the musical has been written by Robert Horn (Book) and David Yazbek (Music and Lyrics), adapted from the 1982 Oscar-winning film, written by Don McGuire and Larry Gelbart. The narrative is set in the present day and it is fun and silly with just the right number of current affairs sprinkled in - even parts of the choreography have hilarious dialogue!    

There is no denying that during the current climate of women's rights, equal pay, and the rise of transgender voices that Tootsie was a bold move for Broadway, especially with this male-heavy creative crew. Perhaps this is just what we need, a light-hearted ridiculous story of a man playing a man, playing a woman who feels victimized by a man and stands up to join the movement. A movement that breaks through the barriers of gender but rather looks to the core, the truth of who you really are.