Houston, TX – Memorial Hermann Broadway at the Hobby Center is pleased to announce the First National Tour of the Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical, TOOTSIE will be a part of Houston’s 2021-2022 Season. The hilarious hit TOOTSIE will play the Hobby Center November 16 – 21, 2021. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 3 at 10 AM.
Call it “musical comedy heaven” (Rolling Stone). Call it “the most uproarious new musical in years!” (The Hollywood Reporter). Call it TOOTSIE! This laugh-out-loud love letter to the theater tells the story of Michael Dorsey, a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until one show-stopping act of desperation lands him the role of a lifetime. Featuring a hilarious Tony®-winning book by Robert Horn and an outrageously clever score by 2018 Tony®-winner David Yazbek (The Band’s Visit, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), this New York Times Critic’s Pick is “a joyful delight” (The Washington Post) that’s “so packed with punchlines, it should be called a jokebox musical!” (Bloomberg). “In these turbulent times, when the world seems out of balance, we need a place to let the good times roll,” raves Rolling Stone. “TOOTSIE is it!”
The cast will feature Drew Becker as Michael Dorsey, Ashley Alexandra as Julie Nichols, Payton Reilly as Sandy Lester, Lukas James Miller as Max Von Horn, Jared David Michael Grant as Jeff Slater, Kathy Halenda as Rita Marshall, Steve Brustien as Stan Fields, and Adam du Plessis as Ron Carlisle.
The company will also include Leyla Ali, Connor Allston, Darius Aushay, Lexi Baldachino, Michael Bingham, Kyra Christopher, Delaney Gold, Danielle J.S. Gordon, Maverick Hiu, Dominique Kempf, Ashton Lambert, Marquez Linder, Lucy Panush, and Alec Ruiz.
The creative team for TOOTSIE includes director Dave Solomon (Broadway associate director), Broadway choreography by Denis Jones, associate choreographer Chip Abbott. The design team includes original scenic designer David Rockwell, tour scenic designer Christine Peters, costume designer William Ivey Long, associate costume designer Christopher Vergara, lighting designer Donald Holder, associate lighting designers Vivien Leone & Coby Chasman-Beck and assistant lighting designer Colleen Doherty, sound designer Brian Ronan, associate sound designer Cody Spencer, hair and wig design by Paul Huntley, assistant hair and wig designer Loryn Pretorius. Make-up design by Angelina Avallone. Casting is by Binder Casting, Chad Murnane CSA. Supervising music supervisor Andrea Grody. Music supervision by Dean Sharenow, vocal & incidental arrangements by Andrea Grody, dance arrangements by David Chase, orchestrations by Simon Hale, and music coordination by Talitha Fehr.
TOOTSIE is based on the story by Don McGuire and Larry Gelbart and the Columbia Pictures Motion Picture produced by Punch Productions and starring Dustin Hoffman. The National Tour of TOOTSIE is produced and managed by TROIKA Entertainment.
For more information, visit www.tootsiemusical.com
The health and safety of all subscribers, ticket holders, staff, artists and those that make up the Hobby Center Foundation’s community is top priority. Rest assured, all decisions regarding the necessary protocols and policies for the health and safety of audiences will be guided by medical and public health advice. The Hobby Center is implementing changes to meet the rapidly changing conditions, guidance and recommended best practices. Based on the current information available, beginning October 1, 2021, all patrons ages 2 and older will be required to show either proof of a negative COVID-19 test result or proof of vaccination, and photo identification. Masks will be also be required at all times when in the venue. As conditions change, so may protocols and guidelines. Complete details, up-to-date health and safety information, and policies for the Hobby Center can be found at TheHobbyCenter.org/covid.