Long-Running Contact to Close on Sept. 1

News   Long-Running Contact to Close on Sept. 1
Contact, the Tony-winning musical which has made a home out of Lincoln Center Theater's Vivian Beaumont Theatre since March 2, 2000, will end its two-and-one-half year run on Broadway on Sept. 1, according to LCT's official website.

Alan Campbell, who played scenarist and lover to Glenn Close on Broadway in Sunset Boulevard, is currently in the cast as 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 took on Karen 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.

Dunn had perhaps the most difficult task. She 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.

Yates recently played a few dates with the national tour of Contact. Contact transferred from the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, where it opened in the fall of 1999, to the Vivian Beaumont Theatre on March 2, 2000, and opened on March 30. It won the 2000 Tony Award for Best Musical.


Contact will make its long-awaited London bow Oct. 23, reports Variety.

The 2000 Susan Stroman-John Weidman musical is scheduled for a fall debut at a West End Theatre to be announced. Michael White and Stage Holding will back the Lincoln Center Theater production, which will mark Stroman's West End directorial debut. Stroman, however, has choreographed London musicals, including the Royal National Theatre's revival of Oklahoma!, which recently made its Broadway bow. No word on casting at press time for the musical that is divided into three sections: "Swinging," "Did You Move?" and "Contact."

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