Previewed 3 October 2002, Opened 23 October 2002, Closed 10 May 2003 at the Queen's Theatre in London
Susan Stroman and John Weidman's multi-award winning dance show Contact in London starring Leigh Zimmerman, Michael Praed and Sarah Wildor.
An evening of three short stories - Swinging; Did You Move?; and Contact - about people in the wild pursuit of love and their struggle to connect. Told through a dizzying cocktail of dance and dialogue and set against a soundtrack of classical, jazz, swing and rock. Concieved by Susan Stroman with book by John Weidman, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman.
"There's nothing like Contact in the West End, a trio of short stories told mainly through dance but with a smattering of bluntish dialogue and a taped score of golden oldies... The first piece is as frothy as the famous Fragonard painting, The Swing (the one with the girl in a pink frock flashing her petticoats at her beau) which it brings to saucy life. In the second, Did You Move?, set in an Italian restaurant in New York in the Fifties, a housewife finds escape from her brutalising husband in her dance fantasies. Superb dancing, shame about the script. But the last, longest piece, The Girl In The Yellow Dress, is the business. Sexy, wry and sharply observed, it's the story of a lonely, stressed-out, emotionally flatfooted advertising exec (the drop-dead gorgeous Michael Praed) who bungles several suicide attempts and finds himself in a New York dance club... Leigh Zimmerman, a stick-insect version of Catherine Deneuve, is terrific." The Mail on Sunday
"Contact is more than a musical. This stunning show obeys no rules. Susan What Stroman has created here is a play for dance and music: a dance of people and objects, to music by composers from Tchaikovsky, Puccini and Grieg to Van Morrison and performers from Stephane Grappelli to Benny Goodman. Nor is this "a play". It is three plays that are linked by their themes, but also make statements of their own... It is a tough, magical, elegant show, funny and intelligent, ironical, generous and irresistibly playful. The West End has never seen anything quite like it... This thrilling show, superbly executed, passionate, serious and enchantingly funny, is a show of a lifetime." The Sunday Times
"Contact, the dance-show that has created such a sensation in New York, has arrived at the Queen's Theatre. It is enjoyable and sometimes exciting, and Susan Stroman's choreography is predictably high-powered. But it doesn't add up to the marvel the New York plaudits might have led you to expect. Part of the trouble is that there isn't really enough of it. It consists of three separate stories, but most of the meat is in the third of them (which was the genesis of the show). The first two are slighter, and the common theme supposedly binding all three together, the need for human beings to make contact, is so vague that it might as well not be there... The jive-dancing is terrific, though, and Leigh Zimmerman imposes her will magnificently on her would-be partners." The Sunday Telegraph
Contact in London at the Queen's Theatre previewed from 3 October 2002, opened on 23 October 2002 and closed on 10 May 2003.