Actors Studio presents Tootsie: A Comedy Musical.

January 23, 2024

Don't Miss this Broadway Hit!

Kelowna Actors Studio is thrilled to announce its upcoming musical theatre presentation, Tootsie The Musical, directed by the Randy Leslie, with music direction by Spencer Bach and choreography by Gracelynn Sali.  Based on the 1982 movie starring Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange and Bill Murray, Tootsie is set to enchant audiences from February 7 to 25, 2024.

Call it “musical comedy heaven” (Rolling Stone). Call it “the most uproarious new musical in years!” (The Hollywood Reporter). Call it TOOTSIE!

This laugh-out-loud love letter to the theatre tells the story of Michael Dorsey, a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until one show-stopping act of desperation lands him the role of a lifetime.

Featuring a hilarious Tony®-winning book by Robert Horn and an outrageously clever score by 2018 Tony winner David Yazbek (The Band’s Visit, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), this New York Times Critic’s Pick is “a joyful delight” (The Washington Post) that’s “so packed with punchlines, it should be called a jokebox musical!” (Bloomberg).

“In these turbulent times, when the world seems out of balance, we need a place to let the good times roll,” raves Rolling Stone. “TOOTSIE is it!”

Just some of the show-stopping musical numbers include "I Won't Let You Down," "Unstoppable," and "What's Gonna Happen." The score, composed by Tony Award winner David Yazbek, seamlessly blends catchy melodies with clever lyrics, making Tootsie The Musical a true auditory delight.

Michael Esposito II (Michael Dorsey & Dorothy Michaels)

Tootsie is presented by special arrangement with

Music Theatre International, New York, NY.


Randy Leslie, Artistic Managing Director, expressed his excitement, "Working on the production of Tootsie with this incredible cast, artistic team and crew has been nothing short of magical. Michael Espositto II, a newcomer to our stage, brings a fresh perspective, undeniable talent, and a wealth of experience.  As a seasoned performer, Michael has graced stages across Canada and the United States, from Disney Cruise Lines to the York Theatre Company in New York City. It's a privilege to collaborate with such a phenomenal artist, and together, we're crafting a theatrical experience that will leave our audiences blown away.”

The presentation comes to life with a very talented 20 person ensemble of beloved local favorites including Giuliana Borsella as Julie Nichols, the love interest and an actor at a pivotal crossroad in her life. Joanne Ryan as Sandy Lester, bringing to life a neurotic, pessimistic, self-deprecating, childish, and easily flummoxed actress. Caden Hergott as Max Van Horn, a self-obsessed actor with a limited wit. Chris Derochie as Jeff Slater, a sardonic realist who, despite his sharp wit, lacks the ambition and drive to live up to his full potential and Janice Sorestad as Rita Marshall, a levelheaded producer with a wealth of experience, serving as the voice of sanity and reason amidst a swirling pool of chaos.

Tickets for Tootsie The Musical can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 250-862-2867. For media inquiries, please contact Randy Leslie at

Don't miss this incredible theatrical event that promises laughter, love, and a whole lot of toe-tapping fun. Get your tickets now and join us for a night of entertainment that will leave you smiling from ear to ear!



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