Susan Stroman to Direct Film of Contact

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So, will the Golden Globes consider it eligible for "Best Musical"?

So, will the Golden Globes consider it eligible for "Best Musical"?

That old "is it or isn't it a musical?" debate may surround Contact once again in a year or two; creator Susan Stroman will direct a feature film version of the Tony-winning dance piece for USA Films.

Librettist John Weidman will write the adaptation and Laurence Mark will produce, reported Variety. Filming will begin in late 2002 in New York City. The film will mark Stroman's debut as a movie director.

Variety reported that the movie of Contact would focus on the last section (also called Contact) of the three-tiered production. In that longest segment, a successful, but suicidal ad exec encounters love and perhaps fulfillment in the person of a mysterious Girl in the Yellow Dress, who dances nightly at a downtown Manhattan hall. Contact's other two sections, Swinging and Did You Move?, will be incorporated into this overall framework.

Contact won a Tony Award for Best Musical in 2000, angering many theatre purists who objected to the fact that the show contained no original score and no vocal performances. Stroman is currently represented on Broadway by Contact and The Producers, which she directed and choreographed.

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