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April 26, 2019 at 10:11 pm #1202868760
Let’s see about those “universal raves”:
“Despite its razzle-dazzle, ‘Tootsie’ feels empty at the center. It’s all but impossible to sympathize with the lead, and it’s hard to be that interested in the woman he falls for…Sour center or not, ‘Tootsie’s’ got bushels of exceptional talent toiling away on it, and these serious chops go a long way toward buoying up the show. I just can’t help wishing that we’d all start spending fewer resources on dragging the past, kick-lining and screaming, into the present.”
“The Broadway version of the 1982 movie is both chaotic and apologetic, with a sharper and better book than it has music. The show has speeches grafted into it about gender inequality and feminist respect that stand out like absurd sore thumbs.. The book…is witty and sharp…If the words are mostly on point, the music, design, and choreography of ‘Tootsie’ rarely rise above meh…This ‘Tootsie’ is slightly lost in its own cloud of sequins and cultural intent.”
“Substandard…Yazbek rehashes the busy, jazzy rhythms of his earlier works…Horn’s book is chock-full of one-liners…Ellis’ production is busy but empty and uninspired…Fontana navigates the role’s unique physical challenges, but he lacks the necessary obnoxious edge. The supporting cast members bring doses of personality and comic sensibility, but it is hardly sufficient to save ‘Tootsie.’”
“But ‘Tootsie’ struggles mightily to get past one problem…It needs to punish Michael for his ruse…And yet, the show well knows that everyone has come to see Dorothy Michaels…The show wants both to deconstruct ‘Tootsie’, and snag its nostalgic fans.”
“But when they strike up the band, the workmanlike score, by David Yazbek, drains most of the fizz from the champagne. Yazbek won a Tony last year for “The Band’s Visit,” which certainly marks his finest achievement to date. (I still felt it was ersatz-sounding Middle Eastern music, but never mind.) With his songs for “Tootsie,” unfortunately, he reverts to the familiar form on display in “The Full Monty,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.” Which is to say: pleasant, generic-show-tune competence, with the occasional bright flash of inspiration.”
And look at Sunday’s Times ad to find out who’s helping Tootsie win.
And what’s so special about a show with an unfocused book, a collection of self-indulgent fans and actors who try to elevate the unfinished material (it really is a concert not a musical) from the dregs?! I feel bad because the actors are actually talented. They just have nothing to work with.
And where are the out and out raves for Hadestown?! You found nice pull quotes. But those are NOT raves.April 26, 2019 at 9:38 pm #1202868741
Based on what? Hadestown has been the talk of the season, and received much more consistent praise than Tootsie, both from critics and audiences. Hadestown also escaped the industry bias against commodity musicals, so how are you imagining Tootsie will overshadow Hadestown?
Read Hadestown’s reviews then read Tootsie’s. One received mixed while the other got pretty darn close to universal raves. Teenie bopper fans don’t count for very much.April 26, 2019 at 3:41 pm #1202868501
Let me get this straight: you think that Amber Grey, already a snubee for Great Comet, second in the GoldDerby predictions center, the most consistently praised part of the most consistently praised show on Broadway (even from reviews that are more mixed or negative, Grey has been getting praise), will not only not win (entirely possible, with Testa in the race as well), but will miss a nomination entirely? Even without me being a Hadestown stan I can see how dumb that is.
Ali will win and I said I liked Amber and Patrick. Liking isn’t winning. And stans are horrible people. Part of the distaste I have for this show-the obnoxious obsessive stans.April 26, 2019 at 1:14 pm #1202868369
Gray will get in. You’re gaga for Tootsie for some reason.
Because it’s actually a musical and not a staged concert? I actually only liked Amber Gray and Patrick Page in Hadestown. They actually had arcs. No one else is as well drawn.April 26, 2019 at 11:09 am #1202868221
How many times do we have to keep reminding you that Amber Gray wasn’t eligible at both the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards for Hadestown given that she already was the show’s prior engagement Off-Broadway?
She was eligible for the OCC and nominated. But I think Tootsie and Oklahoma are going to overshadow Hadestown. She’s going to be snubbed yet again.April 26, 2019 at 10:07 am #1202868176
The administration committee has recently met for the last time this season, and they’ve determined eligibility on the following productions: King Lear, Oklahoma!, Burn This, Hadestown, Hillary and Clinton, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, Tootsie, Ink, and Beetlejuice.
The Committee announced the following:
*Jayne Houdyshell, Elizabeth Marvel, Aisling O’Sullivan, Ruth Wilson, Pedro Pascal and John Douglas Thompson will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress/Actor in a Featured Role in a Play categories for their respective performances in King Lear.
*Damon Daunno and Rebecca Naomi Jones will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in Leading Role in a Musical categories for their respective performances in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!.
*Reeve Carney and Eva Noblezada will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical categories for their respective performances in Hadestown.
*Benjamin Walker will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play category for his performance in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons.
*Santino Fontana will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical category for his performance in Tootsie.
*Jonny Lee Miller will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play category for his performance in Ink.
*Alex Brightman and Sophia Anne Caruso will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical categories for their respective performances in Beetlejuice.
*Kenneth Posner and Peter Nigrini will be considered jointly eligible in the Best Lighting Design of a Musical category for their work on Beetlejuice.
I think Walker will get in featured actor in a play. I think Alex Brightman will get in for leading actor in a mustcal. Featured actress in a musical is packed. Thinking Cooper, Stroker, Stiles, Styles and Testa are the nominees. Poor Amber Gray can’t catch a break.April 26, 2019 at 9:39 am #1202868134
I really want them to bring the current lead from Dear Evan Hansen in to play the lead. It’d be nice to have a genuinely talented teen in the lead. And expand the mother’s role a little. It’s a great character. I bet Rachel Bay Jones or someone of that ilk will play her.April 26, 2019 at 8:35 am #1202868054
This year’s recipient of the Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award is…
Not what I was hoping for but at least it’s someone worthy. I wanted a joint award for Jason Danieley and his late wife, Marin Mazzie, for their amazing work with cancer research and support for patients and caregivers. Jason continues to do this work. I just thought that given her passing they might do it.April 26, 2019 at 8:33 am #1202868044
This year’s recipient of the Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award is…
Not what I was hoping for but at least it’s someone worthy. I wanted a joint award for Jason Danieley and his late wife, Marin Mazzie, for their amazing work with cancer research and suppprt for patients and caregivers.April 25, 2019 at 3:35 am #1202865837
Tootsie’s reviews were good, but not even close to Hadestown or even The Prom. They’re not going to award a middle-of-the-road production with the top award over much better shows. I can see Tootsie winning Actor and Book, but that’s it.
Just to refresh everyone’s memory. You’ll see a major difference:
The Times is the only one that counts. And Tootsie got a much stronger review from them.April 24, 2019 at 10:24 am #1202864930
You are probably the worst predictor on here. (If you’re actually being serious with this post)
I do think it’ll win book, score, musical and actor as well as featured actress at the very least. Just a little bit of history repeating. It’s like when Kinky Boots won.April 24, 2019 at 4:27 am #1202864502
The reviews are in for Tootsie and they are valentines, especially for Santino Fontana! (: So it looks like it is indeed Hadestown vs. Tootsie, and that my fave Santino will win for Best Actor in a Musical! (: IDK if it will get any featured performer nominations and it will be interesting to see who gets in those categories for both musicals and plays – they are really harder than usual to predict this year!
Tootsie is winning everything! Book, score, musical, featured actor for Andy Greuteleschen or one of the other featured actors and some other awards no doubt. A beautiful, big comedy!!