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TOOTSIE Reviews#1
Posted: 4/23/19 at 1:34pm
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TOOTSIE Reviews#2
Posted: 4/23/19 at 1:44pm

Very curious to see how this comes out. The book was gut-bustingly funny in Chicago with several numbers that I'm looking forward to re-hearing on the eventual cast album, but there were a handful of key changes that I hope they've made. The previews thread suggests they haven't added any new songs, which is kind of a shame because I really enjoyed the overall sound.

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TOOTSIE Reviews#3
Posted: 4/23/19 at 1:47pm

Hoping they have a stellar opening with positive reviews.  I absolutely LOVED this show in Chicago.

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TOOTSIE Reviews#4
Posted: 4/23/19 at 1:56pm

This trailer dropped today. I think it's pretty strong. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYGYbgC4BTs

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TOOTSIE Reviews#5
Posted: 4/23/19 at 2:11pm
This looks like so much fun!
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TOOTSIE Reviews#6
Posted: 4/23/19 at 4:03pm

FYI, some seats are available at TKTS for tonight's performance at 40% off ($66).

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TOOTSIE Reviews#7
Posted: 4/23/19 at 4:38pm
Miles2Go2, I saw it last night and I had WAY more fun than I expected. It's funny because in the moment it was incredibly enjoyable, but in a few days I'll probably have forgotten most of the specifics. I've already forgotten most of the songs. I still recommend it, though.
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TOOTSIE Reviews#8
Posted: 4/23/19 at 5:10pm

LizzieCurry said: "Miles2Go2, I saw it last night and I had WAY more fun than I expected. It's funny because in the moment it was incredibly enjoyable, but in a few days I'll probably have forgotten most of the specifics. I've already forgotten most of the songs. I still recommend it, though."

This was exactly my experience. I expected little and enjoyed it a lot, but now it's just a blur.

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TOOTSIE Reviews#9
Posted: 4/23/19 at 5:17pm

Despite a weak score, I think this still is the funniest new musical in years. I think its book and its stellar performances will deliver it positive notices. 

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TOOTSIE Reviews#10
Posted: 4/23/19 at 6:09pm

I know it's not the same as actual critic reviews, but the Bottomless Broadway podcast just did an episode where they talk about Tootsie: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/tootsie/id1457465060?i=1000436201354

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TOOTSIE Reviews#11
Posted: 4/23/19 at 6:22pm
There was a short discussion of Tootsie at the beginning of a recent Homophilia episode, too: https://www.earwolf.com/episode/jen-landon/
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TOOTSIE Reviews#12
Posted: 4/23/19 at 8:18pm

Can we please please please just drop it with the weak score comments? If a show has a good book as this one does it is immediately criticized for having a weak score. And please spare me the "I don't remember any of the songs." The reason audiences remembered Some Enchanted Evening and other great Rodgers and Hammerstein songs when they left the theater is because the audience had played the melody twenty times! New musicals aren't built that way. Composers give their audiences more credit today and are rewarded with what? Comments like "I don't remember a single song!" 

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TOOTSIE Reviews#13
Posted: 4/23/19 at 8:27pm
"There’s nothing quite like the power and the passion of Broadway music. "
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TOOTSIE Reviews#14
Posted: 4/23/19 at 8:27pm
I don’t criticize scores as being weak very often, and I certainly know quite a bit about musical theatre, contemporary or classic. And I certainly- as I have even argued IN the Tootsie thread- know that memorability isn’t the same as being a good score.

I thought the show had a weak score- because I think it does, particularly compared to Yazbek’s other work. It feels like a paint by numbers version of what you’d expect from Yazbek, serviceable and sometimes clever but ultimately somewhat flat. Unclutch your damn pearls. If people think a score is weak, they have every right to say so, regardless of why they think so.
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TOOTSIE Reviews#15
Posted: 4/23/19 at 8:31pm
I don’t remember a single song.

Also, we don’t need another story about a straight white man saving the day, because ultimately that’s what this story is. So I don’t understand why people are praising this book. I mean, Styles’ character is so vapidly written it’s offensive.

I will say Santino does an inarguably incredible job.
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TOOTSIE Reviews#16
Posted: 4/23/19 at 8:33pm

dougs9797 said: "Can we please please please just drop it with the weak score comments? If a show has a good book as this one does it is immediately criticized for having a weak score. And please spare me the "I don't remember any of the songs." The reason audiences remembered Some Enchanted Evening and other great Rodgers and Hammerstein songs when they left the theater is because the audience had played the melody twenty times! New musicals aren't built that way. Composers give their audiences more credit today and are rewarded with what? Comments like "I don't remember a single song!""

Composers give their audiences more credit today...

What do you mean?

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TOOTSIE Reviews#17
Posted: 4/23/19 at 8:34pm

How come there are no reviews out yet?

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TOOTSIE Reviews#18
Posted: 4/23/19 at 8:38pm
I can sing 7 or 8 songs from this show. Which one do you want to hear first?
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TOOTSIE Reviews#19
Posted: 4/23/19 at 8:40pm

dougs9797 said: "Can we please please please just drop it with the weak score comments? If a show has a good book as this one does it is immediately criticized for having a weak score. And please spare me the "I don't remember any of the songs." The reason audiences remembered Some Enchanted Evening and other great Rodgers and Hammerstein songs when they left the theater is because the audience had played the melody twenty times! New musicals aren't built that way. Composers give their audiences more credit today and are rewarded with what? Comments like "I don't remember a single song!""

But the score WAS incredibly weak and the complaints about it are valid.

 

If you enjoyed the score, great! Not everyone is so easy to please.

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TOOTSIE Reviews#20
Posted: 4/23/19 at 8:44pm

I'm a little surprised we have not seen any reviews yet...

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TOOTSIE Reviews#21
Posted: 4/23/19 at 8:49pm
For me, I think even a weak DY score is still better than most.
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TOOTSIE Reviews#22
Posted: 4/23/19 at 8:51pm

BalconyClub said: "I can sing 7 or 8 songs from this show. Which one do you want to hear first?"

BalconyClub:

I could sing you the entire score of "Home Sweet Homer."

Doesn't mean it was any good at all.

Which one would you like to hear first?

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TOOTSIE Reviews#23
Posted: 4/23/19 at 9:02pm

"The reason audiences remembered Some Enchanted Evening and other great Rodgers and Hammerstein songs when they left the theater is because the audience had played the melody twenty times!"

 

Absolute nonsense. 

Twenty times? Ridiculous.

The reason people remembered them is because they were great, and well worth remembering. 

The songs we hear today are a chore to listen to even once, and forgetting them comes as relief.

In fact, the only thanks we owe their composers is not making us listen to them multiple times.

 

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TOOTSIE Reviews#24
Posted: 4/23/19 at 9:02pm
Updated On: 4/23/19 at 09:02 PM