The final performance of the Broadway hit Contact, on Sept. 1 at 9 PM EST, will be broadcast live on PBS (hense, the unorthodox curtain time) as part of the "Live from Lincoln Center" series. The show's nearly three-year run will end that night.
Beverly Sills will host the program. "Live from Lincoln Center" is in its 26th season.
As first reported by Playbill On-Line, the current cast of Alan Campbell, Charlotte d'Amboise and Colleen Dunn will be featured on the live special.
Tickets for the show are on sale through Aug. 31. It has not been determined whether tickets for the final performance will be made available to the public, or if the finale will be an invitation-only affair. The placement of PBS' cameras is apparently a factor.
The Tony-winning musical has made a home out of Lincoln Center Theater's Vivian Beaumont Theatre since March 2, 2000. Before that, it had a run Off-Broadway at the Mitzi E. Newhouse. Alan Campbell, who played scenarist and lover to Glenn Close on Broadway in Sunset Boulevard, is suicidal advertising exec Michael Wylie, the role created by Tony winner Boyd Gaines. Campbell replaced D.W. Moffett beginning March 19. Moffett, who joined the cast Sept. 4, 2001, gave his last performance on March 3.
Campbell plays alongside Charlotte d'Amboise and Colleen Dunn, who also joined on Sept. 4.
The dependable d'Amboise (Chicago) took on Karen Ziemba's role of a repressed Italian housewife, circa 1950s, who escapes her life through dance fantasies. Ziemba won a Tony for her performance.
Dunn stepped into the charmed shoes and saffron frock of Deborah Yates, who made an indelible impression as the mysterious, elusive and silent Girl in the Yellow Dress, the object of Campbell's character's desire. Dunn was seen in the recent Broadway revival of Follies, the latest in a long string of Broadway musicals credits which include The Will Rogers Follies, Sunset Boulevard, Ain't Broadway Grand and Legs Diamond.
For ticket information for Contact call, (212) 239 6200.