Broadway's current Tootsie musical has been acquired for worldwide licensing by Music Theatre International. Based on the 1982 film, the stage adaptation opened at Broadway's Marquis Theatre April 23 and received 11 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical.
Tootsie features music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book by Robert Horn, and with this acquisition joins a catalog that includes Yazbek's four previous musicals (The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and The Band's Visit), as well as 13, which also features a book by Horn.
Information about Tootsie can be found at MTIShows.com, though a date for its licensing availability has not yet been determined.
"We are beyond thrilled that Music Theatre International will be shepherding our beloved Tootsie domestically, abroad, and throughout the universe if this UFO stuff in The New York Times turns out to be something," shared Yazbek and Horn. "From the beginning, we worked hard to craft a genuinely funny musical—a show that could galvanize audiences through the universal languages of music and laughter. Now that it exists, we’re so happy it’s in the hands of MTI."
"It is a genuine privilege to be entrusted to promote and deliver Tootsie to professional and amateur stages around the world. The film Tootsie is widely considered one of the great movie comedies in history and Robert Horn and David Yazbek have brilliantly updated the story as a stage musical in a way that connects deeply with today’s audiences on both a comedic and human level,” added MTI President and CEO Drew Cohen.