The musical “Tootsie,” a modern update of the original movie, is coming to Akron

Just thinking about the title “Tootsie” brings a sense of nostalgia and plenty of smiles to those who fell in love with Dustin Hoffman’s “Dorothy,” the feisty female character who shook things up in her TV series in the 1982 movie “Tootsie.”

In that satirical romantic comedy, Hoffman’s primary character is non-working actor Michael, who disguises himself as a bespectacled, middle-aged Dorothy to get a role on the soap opera “Southwest General”. He fools everyone, at least for a while, and Dorothy becomes a huge star as she deals with sexism in the TV industry.

Today, the story of “Tootsie” has been updated for the musical, which will premiere its tour at EJ Thomas Hall November 29-30 as part of the Broadway in Akron series.

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