The familiar rap on flawed Broadway musicals usually goes something like this: “Well, the score is great…but the book has problems.” Enter “Tootsie,” red sequins ablaze, a new musical adapted from the popular 1982 movie starring Dustin Hoffman as a luckless actor who finds stardom in a wig and a girdle. In this exception-that-proves-the-rule, the book, by Robert Horn, ranks among the flat-out funniest written for a new musical in the past decade, with Horn not only drawing on the clever original story by Don McGuire and the great Larry Gelbart, but spritzing it with considerable doses of his own…

 This article is exclusive to Broadway News Plus subscribers. 

Become a Broadway News Plus subscriber.

Subscribe today to get unlimited access to Broadway News and support the future of theater journalism.

Already a Broadway News Plus subscriber? Log in here.