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Contact

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Contact

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, Angela Bassett, Jena Malone, David Morse, Tom Skerritt
director:
Robert Zemeckis

We gave it an A

Though it’s called a dance play (and nobody sings), this brainchild of director-choreographer Susan Stroman and librettist John Weidman feels like the freshest musical to hit New York in ages. By recycling pop gems from some unlikely artists (Van Morrison, Robert Palmer, the Fabulous Thunderbirds), the Broadway-bound Contact plugs dance as the ultimate aphrodisiac with its three cleverly woven stories. In the superb second act, a suicidal ad exec (Boyd Gaines) stumbles into love with a mystery woman (newcomer Deborah Yates) at a late-night modern-day swing dance club. Although Yates barely speaks, she makes a striking impression as the smooth centerpiece of Stroman’s jaw-dropping moves. In the glory days of Ann Miller and Cyd Charisse, Contact would have made her a star. A