TOOTSIE

Director – Nancy Meyer
Music Director – Zach Kampler
Choreographer – Kelly Nayden

Music and lyrics by David Yazbek, Book by Robert Horn

Audition dates/times:
June 10 & 11, 7pm to 10pm each night – The Kweskin Theatre
Rehearsals begin July 22 – generally, Monday thru Thursday evenings, 7pm to 10pm
Tech weekend begins September 7. Performances: September 13 – October 5.

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 theatre 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 VisitDirty 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!”

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels (Male, 30s – 40s)  Michael is an actor’s actor. A focused perfectionist, outspoken, stubborn, abrasive and frustrated at where his career hasn’t taken him. Highly intelligent and desperate to do the one thing he loves more than life itself… act. Dorothy Michaels is strong-willed, understanding, and humorous. Slightly coy, slightly vain and completely lovable. Baritenor (A2-G4/Bb4) with either a very strong high falsetto/mix or a high tenor belt.

Julie Nichols (Female, 30s – 40s)  An actor at a crossroad in her life. Focused, self-aware and self-assured. She masks her pain and longs to connect. Mezzo with a strong mix/belt. 

Sandy Lester (Female, 30s – 40s)  Michael’s ex-girlfriend, now a friend. She’s neurotic, pessimistic, self-deprecating, childish, and easily flummoxed. She makes her anxieties known incredibly loudly and really just wants to be happy. Any voice part, mix or belt up to C5, highest note is E5.

Max Van Horn (Male, 20s – 30s)   A self-obsessed actor with a limited wit. A firm believer in his own hype who can’t imagine anyone not being attracted to him. Baritone/baritenor (C3 to G4)

Jeff Slater (Male, 30s – 40’)  Michael’s roommate. A sardonic realist who lacks the ambition and drive to live up to his potential. The voice of reason that swirls just outside the eye of Michael’s chaos. Jeff sees the humor of situations and has no reluctance to point out people’s flaws – even his own. Baritone/baritenor with falsetto

Rita Marshall (Female, 50s – 60s)  A levelheaded producer. Experienced and the voice of sanity and reason in a swirling pool of crazy. She is always a beat ahead of everyone and is very New York.

Stan Fields (Male, 30s – 60s)  Michael’s overworked agent. Always to the point, he plays the game, but hates it.

Ron Carlisle (Male, 40’ – 60s)  An incredibly successful director. He demands respect and is often disrespectful in return. Baritone, but material is in a comfortable mid-range for most voices,

Stuart (Male, 30+)  The composer of Juliet’s Curse.

Suzie (Female, 30+)  The lyricist of Juliet’s Curse.

Ensemble

AUDITION SIDES:
Michael & Ron 
Michael & Jeff
Sandy, Michael, Jeff
Stan & Michael
Dorothy, Rita, Ron (Stewart, Suzie)
Rita, Dorothy
Dorothy, Julie, Ron
Max, Dorothy
Julie & Dorothy
Dorothy/Michael & Jeff
Ron, Dorothy, (Julie)Rita, (Max)