Santino Fontana: Talking Tootsie, Rodgers & Hart


The Board of the Drama Desk is delighted to announce an upcoming event, which is being organized and moderated by longtime member Michael Portantiere. 

At the end of 2018, Michael became aware of an opportunity to put this project together, and he responded with alacrity to work with the Board to plan the first Drama Desk event of 2019. 

Join us on Jan. 15 for a candid conversation with a gifted young musical-theater performer who is returning to Broadway this spring as star of a much-anticipated new musical comedy. We are grateful to Michael for creating this event, which is free for all Drama Desk members!

Here are the details:

Santino Fontana: Talking Tootsie, Rodgers & Hart, and More

Drama Desk Event – Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Santino Fontana, star of the eagerly anticipated new Broadway musical Tootsie and creator and cast member of the upcoming Lyrics & Lyricists event We’ll Have Manhattan: Rodgers & Hart in New York at the 92nd Street Y, will be the focus of an exclusive interview/Q&A program for Drama Desk members on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m. The event will take place at Ripley Grier Studios, 520 8th Ave. (between 36th and 37th streets), on the 17th floor (Rm. 17-N); it will be moderated by Drama Desk member Michael Portantiere (,

Santino Fontana has delighted audiences as one of Broadway’s brightest stars and a formidable screen talent. He recently starred in City Center’s Encores! productions of God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater and 1776, for which he received rave reviews. His portrayal of Moss Hart in Lincoln Center’s production of Act One, which was filmed for PBS, also earned critical praise. In 2013, Santino received a Tony Award nomination for his role of Prince Topher in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and in 2012 he won Obie and Lucille Lortel awards for his performance in Sons of the Prophet. Other theater credits include The Importance of Being Earnest (Clarence Derwent Award), A View from the BridgeBrighton Beach Memoirs (Drama Desk Award), Billy ElliotZorba, and Sunday in the Park with George. He will return to Broadway in April 2019 in the leading role of the new musical Tootsie, with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book by Robert Horn, based on the hit 1982 comedy film of the same title.

Santino is the creator of We’ll Have Manhattan: Rodgers & Hart in New York, a tribute to the great songwriting team that will be performed Jan. 26–28 as part of the Lyrics & Lyricists series at the 92nd Street Y. The show will feature Santino in a cast that also includes Jessica Fontana, Ann Harada, Vishal Vaidya, and his Tootsie co-star Lilli Cooper, directed by Gina Rattan, with musical direction by Andy Einhorn, arrangements and orchestrations by David Chase. (For tickets, visit

Santino is perhaps best known to broader audiences as the voice of the villainous Prince Hans in Disney’s Academy Award–winning animated feature Frozen. He was also seen in Universal Studios’ Sisters, starring opposite Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. His independent film work includes the romantic comedy Off the Menu and the psychological thriller Impossible Monsters. Among his television credits are the role of Greg on CW’s musical comedy series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and the role of David Saperstein, opposite Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta, in NBC’s drama series Shades of Blue. Other TV credits: Singularity (an FX pilot from producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg) and guest-starring appearances on The Good WifeNurse JackieBrainDeadMozart in the Jungle, and Royal Pains. He can also be seen in the popular web series Submissions Only. As a vocalist, Santino has performed in such jazz venues as Lincoln Center’s Appel Room and Birdland. As an orchestra soloist, he has sung at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and other top-tier venues with symphonies, big bands, and smaller ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic, the New York Pops, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Admission to “Santino Fontana: Talking Tootsie, Rodgers & Hart, and More” on Jan. 15 is free for Drama Desk members and $5 for their guests. To reserve, members should email Please put “RSVP Santino Fontana event” in the subject line, and please indicate whether you need one or two tickets.

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