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Tootsie Reviews

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Average customer review: 3.0 star rating (2.8 Stars)

Number of reviews: 37



2.0 star rating Anonymous from Costa Mesa, California


My husband and I saw this today . We are both fans of the movie .. and were definitely expecting a comedy . While there were some laughs .. we both yawned more than we laughed . The supporting characters were good, but Michael/Dorothy was less than for us . There is not a song that you can remotely remember when you leave .. and I have no want to listen to it again.

2.0 star rating Sharon from Providence, Rhode Island


Find the movie on Netflix. Michael/Dorothy was over dramatic, perhaps over directed. Dorothy just looked like Michael with a dress on. If you saw the movie, you would probably agree that Julie was miscast. She has a decent voice but in my opinion inappropriate for the role. Jeff and Sandy were terrific but they couldn’t carry two poor leads. Actor in Max’s role was very good but even he couldn’t save this. The score is forgettable and no one left humming a tune. Dance numbers were fine but seemed to just fill space and time. The ending was not a “get up on your feet clapping” but rather “get up on your feet walking out”. These young people work very hard but this’ show is awful.

2.0 star rating Susan from Cincinnati, Ohio


Had several laughs, however they were overshadowed by the poorly written dialogue and the many, many ho ho hum moments throughout. The lead actor worked as Tootsie , yet his singing and speaking parts without the wig were lacking to the point of being irritating. This play really drags on. The only reason I gave it two stars was the wonderful performance of Jeff. I usually love live theater, but not this one.

2.0 star rating Sandy from Cincinnati, Ohio


We enjoy so much seeing plays at the Aronoff in Cincinnati! Tootsie, however, was a complete miss tonight. The singing - by Sandy especially - was so shrill, it was headache inducing. The play itself fell flat even though it seemed that everyone was overacting. The dancing was mediocre and the songs weren’t memorable in a good way. . It was very disappointing and we left at intermission. Very unusual! Normally we leave feeling very upbeat from a wonderful musical!

2.0 star rating Sarah from Cincinnati, Ohio


A few bright spots - crazy girlfriend and buff guy who Falls for Dorothy but the rest were weak performances. Definitely not worth a ticket price.

2.0 star rating Linda from Dallas, Texas


I’m such a fan of the film, but I was very disappointed with the musical. Although some changes were reasonable, there were too many changes that made no sense at all. They should change the title and start over.

1.0 star rating Audey Curtis from Atlanta, Georgia


After 2 years of pandemic sheltering we ventured out to the Fabulous Fox Theatre in downtown Atlanta for the Friday night performance of "Tootsie". Our hopes were soon dashed as the curtain opened and the show fizzled its way through the opening number. It got worse as the night went on! So bad, we left in the middle of the first act.... couldn't take the agony!! These people should be ashamed of themselves. Boo!


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fun FABULOUS Fierce

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

This review is about the original Broadway production.

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