'Tootsie' Broadway Run to End in January 2020

TOOTSIE Production Still 8 -SANTINO FONTANA and COMPANY - Publicity-H 2019
Courtesy of Matthew Murphy

With a capitalization of about $20 million, relatively high for a musical, the production earned generally positive reviews and two Tony Awards.

The musical adaptation of Tootsie, which opened on Broadway in April, is ending its run after less than a year in New York.

The production on Monday announced that it will be closing in January after 25 previews and 293 regular performances at New York's Marquis Theatre. The final performance is set for Jan. 5.

It's not the end for the adaptation of Sydney Pollack's 1982 film, however: In October 2020, Tootsie will launch a North American tour at Shea's Buffalo Theater in Buffalo, New York. The production is also hashing out plans for several international runs, details of which will be announced at a later date.

Opening April 23 on Broadway, Tootsie was originally expected to be a long-running success. With a capitalization of around $20 million, relatively high for a musical, the show earned generally positive reviews and two Tony Awards — for book writer Robert Horn and lead actor Santino Fontana. Directed by Scott Ellis, the musical features an original score by David Yazbek, fresh off his Tony win the previous season for The Band's Visit. That pedigree made the production's subsequent box office a significant disappointment.

The show has played to around 70 percent capacity in recent months, with cumulative box office over 33 weeks at $31.2 million. Producers may be able to recoup part of their initial investment over the holiday season, which is the most lucrative time of the year for Broadway, but the show seems certain to close in the red. 

Tootsie competitor Hadestown, meanwhile, on Monday announced that it had become the first musical of the 2018-2019 Broadway season to make back its initial investment of $11.5 million.

Chief theater critic David Rooney contributed to this report.