Susan Stroman, speaking at Lincoln Center, said Contact, the dance musical she created with John Weidman, would reach London in spring 2002. She added that there would also be mounting of the show in Japan. Contact is still running at LCT's Vivian Beaumont Theatre.
Stroman made her comments Oct. 24 in the lobby of the Vivian Beaumont Theater, where she was the featured artist in LCT's ongoing meet-the artists program, called the "Platform Series."
The director-choreographer's latest effort, the Harry Connick, Jr., musical Thou Shalt Not, opens on Broadway Oct. 25.
Stroman declined to comment on the UK future of her most recent smash hit, The Producers. However, producer Steve Baruch told Playbill On-Line back in May that the musical will hopefully open a London production in early 2003. "It's looks the first three months of 2003."
"The U.S. tour will precede London," Baruch added. Casting for both tour and London has not been addressed. Stroman did mention, however, that she had been approached by American Ballet Theatre and City Ballet, presenting the possibility that, like Jerome Robbins, she might divide her time between Broadway and the ballet.
Stroman won Tony Awards for Crazy for You, Show Boat, Contact and The Producers. Her next project, Oklahoma! will be seen on Broadway this coming spring.
On Sept. 4, Charlotte d'Amboise, Colleen Dunn and D.W. Moffett become the first replacement leads in the long-running Broadway musical hit. d'Amboise, the best known of the three, will take on Ziemba's role of a repressed Italian housewife, circa 1950's, who escapes her life through dance fantasies. Ziemba won a Tony for her performance. Moffet will play the suicidal advertising exec created by Gaines, who also won a Tony Award. 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 Moffet's character's desire.
—By Robert Simonson