“Tootsie” Musical Looks Like A Hit

I’ve been as skeptical as anyone about the chances of turning “Tootsie” into a musical. But the adaptation opened last night in Chicago and Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune proclaims: ‘If you want a hit show, you have to provide an early moment when an audience — content that its hard-earned cash was not spent in vain — is sufficiently impressed that it relaxes, thus opening its collective heart to what is to come, even if that requires a forgiving spirit. Santino Fontana (pictured) earns that crucial moment for “Tootsie” not just by other-worldly control of the larynx, but through stellar, old-fashioned comedic acting, demonstrably rooted in the pain and truth of his out-of-work Michael. By the time he is done, I’ll wager this will go down as a truly great Broadway performance.’

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