Comedy

Tootsie the musical

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80s nostalgia has been peaking its head lately. Not too long ago we had American Psycho on Broadway, Ready Player One in books and theaters and even some video games are reverting back to 80s pixelated looks. Tootsie, a hit movie in the 80’s for Dustin Hoffman has just began previews on Broadway in a musical form.  This is a reimagined Tootsie for the “Me Too” age and instead of taking place in an office like the movie, it is taking place on Broadway fulfilling the dreams for the out of work actor Michael Dorsey (aka Dorothy Michaels).  

This is a fun and light-hearted musical comedy that doesn’t take itself too seriously.  It still has the standard tropes of the sleazy Director, a good looking but less than bright beefcake, lazy writer/best friend and hanger on ex-girlfriend.  Tootsie all in all is fun escapism and treat for all audiences. 

You Can't Take it With You on Broadway

The classic comedy "You Can't Take it With You" is back on Broadway for a limited run.  This popular university/community theater staple returns with big name stars and a well oiled production.

James Earl Jones stars as Martin Vanderhof, the grounded and matter-of-fact patriarch of a seemingly dysfunctional family.  One of the daughters (Rose Byrne making her fantastic Broadway debut) is asked for her hand by a scion of a wealthy family.  When it comes to introducing her family to his "normal" family, hilarity ensues.  Throw in IRS agents, a Russian ballet instructor and fireworks and you have a recipe for an evening of laughter.  Kristine Nielsen, who I loved in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, makes a hilarious turn as the mother who always has a hobby.  Also great was Annaleigh Ashford as the other daughter with ballet dancing dreams.  

For anyone looking for a fun night and wanting something other than a musical, this is a great suggestion.  Plus you get to see an American icon doing his craft live.

YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU