In December 1982, the movie Tootsie was released featuring Dustin Hoffman. I saw it for the first time, at The Aviation Mall in Glens Falls, New York. My “child’ ticket was $1.50, and I was eleven years old. Thirty-seven years later, it is still my favorite movie of all time, with Pretty Woman coming in a very close second.
Just to take you back in time for a moment, in the early 1980s, this was years before Netflix and Hulu were available offering the ability to stream a movie on-demand. And if memory serves me correctly, this was also a few years before renting a movie at Blockbuster was an option. If you wanted to see a film in the 1980s, you had to go to the movie theater to view it. And, so I did. I recall Saturday after Saturday taking my $5.00 allowance, getting dropped off at the mall, grabbing a slice of pizza which was probably a dollar, getting some Sweetish Fish from Jo-Anne’s Nut House and purchasing a ticket to Tootsie. Given the cold weather in update New York in December there weren’t a lot of options for things to do on the weekend so I was happy to spend my time in a warm movie theater enjoying my favorite movie.
I can’t even fathom how many times I have seen this movie since 1982. If I could, I would be embarrassed to share the number. I am pretty confident I know every line by heart.
In August, I had the opportunity to see Tootsie on Broadway and, it was spectacular. Seriously. But here’s the thing about the play and the reason for my blog. I had a bit of an “ah-ha” moment as a result of the experience.
At dinner before attending the show, I looked on my phone for the musical score and was disappointed that the theme song for the movie, Stephen Bishop’s It Might Be You wasn’t included.
All of a sudden, I had some apprehension about the play meeting my expectations.
When the show started, I quickly began to realize that the play was not going to reflect the movie directly; my disappointment began to grow. But then something shifted, and everything changed. I decided to let go of my expectations for the play to be exactly like the movie and allowed myself to enjoy it for what it was, a modern adaption that paid homage to the movie. Once I did that, I loved it.
Every character crushed their role, making it their own. And in a movie so well known and popular, re-creating the characters so they can stand on their own, it is a huge accomplishment. And, these actors and actresses did it, every single one. Think about playing a part by Dustin Hoffman, Terri Garr or Bill Murray. You can’t be them, so making the part your own, was the only way to go.
What I realized, is that when I let go of my expectations and I gave myself the opportunity to enjoy the play for what it was instead of feeling let down based on the comparison I could truly appreciate the performance. I found this experience a good reminder that sometimes I am missing the experience based on expectations. The beauty of this experience is that I realize I have the ability to change the experience by simply changing my expectations and mindset. I have thought about this experience so many times and it has really changed a number of experiense so I wanted to share it with you!
So, if you plan to be in NYC and are looking for a good musical Tootsie gets my highest recommendation!