The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts will host two of the biggest Broadway hits of the last season in 2001-02. First to arrive will be Kiss Me, Kate, the current Broadway revival of the Cole Porter musical. It will run in St. Paul Oct. 16-28.
In the spring of 2002, meanwhile, Contact will dance across the Ordway stage for two weeks, March 19-31. The triple-decker dance confection by choreographer-director Susan Stroman and bookwriter John Weidman will begin a national tour in San Francisco in May 2001, it was recently announced.
From the Bay Area, where it will play six weeks, the show will stay in California, travelling south to Los Angeles' Ahmanson for the summer. After Labor Day, it will then play a few shorter engagements around the country.
No casting has been announced. The Broadway production stars Boyd Gaines, Karen Ziemba and Deborah Yates. The first two won Tonys for their performances as, respectively, a spiritually lost ad exec and an oppressed 1950's housewife.
Both Contact and Kate were big Tony winners last June. Contact won for best musical and best choreographer (Stroman), while Kate nabbed the award for best musical revival and direction of a musical (Michael Blakemore). For more information, call (651) 224-4222, or (651) 282-3111 for Group and Corporate Sales reservations.