A musical adaptation of the Oscar-nominated film Tootsie is currently in development, so Broadway.com asked readers to vote for the leading men they would like to see headline the musical on Broadway. The votes have been tallied, and readers selected three actors who would best tackle the duel role of struggling actor Michael Dorsey (originally played on film by Dustin Hoffman) and Dorothy Michaels, the drag alter-ego he creates to kickstart his career. Take a look at the results below!
1. Will Swenson – 41%
Broadway audiences last saw Will Swenson as Australian drag diva Mitzi/Tick in the glitzy musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert. And before Swenson piled on the wigs and lashes for Priscilla, he bared his whole bod for his Tony-nominated turn in the hit revival of Hair. Between the intensity of Hair and the fun of Priscilla, there’s no doubt Swenson would be able to make a splash as both Michael and Dorothy in Tootsie.
2. Norbert Leo Butz- 13%
Two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz won both of his trophies for musical adaptations of hit films: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Catch Me If You Can. The actor will return to Broadway this fall opposite Katie Holmes in Theresa Rebeck's new play Dead Accounts.
3. Christian Borle – 11%
Smash star and recent Tony winner Christian Borle already has a bit of drag experience thanks to Peter and the Starcatcher's quirky act two opening number, where he and his co-stars dress as mermaids. From his over-the-top performance as Starcatcher's Black Stache to his heartbreaking turn as Prior Walter in the revival of Angels in America, Borle always delivers a star performance.