"Tootsie" Headed to Broadway

Dustin Hoffman vehicle to be first Sony film adapted for the stage under new deal.

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    Dustin Hoffman as Dorothy in "Tootsie" 1982.

    Move over "La Cage Aux Folles" and "Victor Victoria." There's a new girl coming to Broadway if Tony-winning producer Scott Sanders has his way: "Tootsie."

    Sony Pictures Entertainment has announced it has signed a five-year deal with Sanders to adapt the studio's films for the stage, reports the Los Angeles Times. And first show to hit the Great White Way will be "Tootsie," the 1982 comedy that starred Dustin Hoffman in the title role of an out-of-work actor who dons women's garb in order to land a part on a daytime televised soap opera.

    Directed by Sydney Pollack, the film - which also starred Jessica Lange, Bill Murray, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman and Geena Davis - was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, with Lange being the only winner for best actress in a supporting role. "Tootsie" was the second highest grossing film of 1982 coming in second to "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial."

    According to the L.A. Times, part of the deal sees Sony purchasing a 20% equity stake in the 5-year-old Scott Sanders Theatrical Productions, though a dollar amount has not been disclosed.

    Sanders' previous Broadway productions include the musical adaptation of "The Color Purple," "Evita," "The Pee-Wee Herman Show" and "Elaine Stritch: At Liberty." Sanders will also produce the upcoming musical "Houdini," starring Hugh Jackman.