Playbill and Dailey-Thorp Travel are taking advantage of a balmy springtime in New York City by offering theatregoers weekend packages that include two of Broadway's biggest hits, Contact and Kiss Me, Kate.
Each tour includes a Friday and Saturday night stay at the Millennium Broadway Hotel, in the heart of the theatre district, plus a prime orchestra seat for an evening performance of the lauded revival of Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate at the Martin Beck Theatre, and an orchestra seat for a matinee or evening performance of Susan Stroman's acclaimed "dance play," Contact, at Lincoln Center Theater's Vivian Beaumont Theater.
Remaining Spring 2000 tour weekends are May 19-21 and May 26-28.
Playbill On-Line Club Members will pay a special low rate. Motor coach service to Contact at Lincoln Center is provided.
Call Janice Marie Johnson at 1-888-PLAYBILL or (800) 998-4677 and speak to a Dailey-Thorp travel director. A representative will assist with airfare information, if necessary. *
The musical comedy, Kiss Me, Kate, follows the one-day backstage antics of a troupe putting on a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew, which stars a divorced acting couple. Old love is reignited, but old tensions are also revealed. The 1948 show was Porter's greatest success, and offers such hits as "Wunderbar," "So in Love," "Brush Up Your Shakespeare," "Always True to You (In My Fashion)," "Why Can't You Behave?" and "Too Darn Hot." Michael Blakemore (City of Angels) directs, Kathleen Marshall (Encores! Concerts) choreographs.
One of the most unusual performance pieces in many seasons, Contact is the brainchild of director-choreographer Susan Stroman (Crazy for You) and playwright John Weidman (Big, Pacific Overtures) and offers three one-acts that involve variations of swing music and swing dancing. The show mixes existing music with boldly-directed scenarios, including the final piece (called Contact), in which a reachlessly unhappy man stumbles into a dance hall and comes alive again. Following a sold-out fall 1999 run at Lincoln Center's intimate Mitzi Newhouse Theater, Contact graduated to LCT's larger Beaumont.
Manhattan's Dailey-Thorp Travel is recognized for its international music, ballet and opera tours to Vienna, Paris, St. Petersburg, Edinburgh, Prague, Budapest and arts-rich American cities such as Washington DC, San Francisco and Sante Fe.