In 2001, it's all about Susan Stroman's The Producers, but in 2000, it was all about Susan Stroman's Contact. The "dance play," which walked with the Tony Award for Best Musical, is now taking the country by storm, arriving at Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre for a run June 29 Sept. 1.
The tour, which opened to positive reviews in San Francisco May 22, features Alan Campbell (Sunset Boulevard) as the suicidal ad executive Michael, who finds his will to live in a swing club, populated by sensual dancers and the mysterious Girl in the Yellow Dress (Holly Cruikshank) in the show's centerpiece and final act, "Contact." Meg Howrey takes the role of a physically and emotionally abused woman that netted Karen Ziemba the Tony Award in "Did You Move?." Adam Dannheiser is her husband. The first piece, "Swinging," pits an aristocrat and his servant against the amorousness of the former's wife, as she sits perched on her favorite swing.
Also in the cast are Andrew Asnes, Aliane Bacquerot, Christopher Lee Body, Laura Catalano, Donna Dunmire, Gary Franco, Stacey Todd Holt, Mike Jackson, Keith Kuhl, Danielle Jolie, Jascon Lacayo, Joe Mooradian, Ipsita Paul, Julius Sermonia, Rebecca Sherman, Rick Spaans, Dan Sutcliffe, Susanne Trani, Michelle Weber and Mindy Franczese Wild.
Stroman won two Tony Awards for her work on The Producers, adding to the Best Choreography Tonys she nabbed for Contact and Crazy for You. Her dances in the recent London revival of Oklahoma! won her an Olivier Award and will be repeated next season on Broadway. She co-created Contact with frequent Stephen Sondheim collaborator, John Weidman (Assassins, Pacific Overtures).
Tickets are $15-$75. For reservations, call (213) 628-2772. The Ahmanson Theatre is on the web at http://www.taperahmanson.com.