Reviews from the opening of 'Contact' at the Wang Center in Boston:
From the Boston Globe:
Dance, music, and drama connect in ‘contact’ More from the Globe
By Christine Temin
Who cares whether “contact” qualifies as a work of musical theater? Nitpickers get bogged down in defining the dance/drama/ music piece that choreographer/director Susan Stroman and playwright John Weidman premiered in 2000. The sticking point is that the performers speak but don’t sing, and instead of live music, there’s a crazy quilt recording ranging from Bizet to the Beach Boys.
Somehow, it all works. The sheer ingenuity and surprising juxtapositions are an evening-long delight. The production, in three episodes, deals with couples connecting - or not. In the first segment, there isn’t a hint of a problem. The second couple is hopeless; the third pair go through a lot of agony, but come out OK.
And from the Herald:
Unique musical makes ‘contact’ More from the Herald
by Robert Nesti
“contact” remains one of the most exhilarating musicals of recent years, which might seem strange since to some Susan Strohman’s Tony award-winning triptych of one-act ballets may not seem a musical at all: No one sings and the music is all pre-recorded.
Yet if you ever need proof as to why Strohman has become Broadway’s leading director/choreographer then look no further than this scintillating show, which continues at the Wang through Sunday.
And those (like myself) who thought this intimate musical, which first premiered at a 299-seat theater, would be lost in the Wang’s vastness, need not worry. It has been nicely scaled to fit the stage
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