Contact is a Susan Stroman show that was staged on Broadway during the 1999 season. The show was a huge hit and went on to win the 2000 Tony for Best Musical, although it’s not really a musical but more of a dance play.
The show is split into 3 stories: The first segment with the swing coming to life from a painting. Admittedly the least of my favourite of the three, I found myself fast forwarding on numerous occasions.
The second is set in a restaurant and it has a darker theme camouflaged with lighter music and choreography. It is about a husband and his wife, played by Karen Ziemba going into daydream segments. This is where my attention was caught now as the show had then progressed into a more story-telling mode.
The third act, which is the most well known of the three, tells the story of a man in a bar who meets and gets hooked with the “Girl In the Yellow Dress”. This is the segment where more contemporary music is used and is the longest of the 3.
The Simply Irresistible number, which was performed at the Tonys, seems to be the highlight of the show and is captured on the airing very well, although my favourite number is the Squirrel Nut Zippers’ Put A lid On It which opened the segment.
This is one show that should have had an official DVD release and unfortunately I have not been lucky in finding anything. PBS doesn’t seem to have this steaming on their site and I have yet to find a complete upload on YouTube.
I did record it through VHS when it was aired on PBS and I have yet to convert it to DVD and hopefully the tape had not worn out yet.
Recorded/ On Disc is a series about staged shows I’ve seen on either on TV, DVD or the big screen which I had not caught live as of writing. In other words, another series of filler posts in between seeing shows live 😛
Pictures borrowed from Musical Cyberspace