The Broadway transfer of Susan Stroman's dance musical Contact will close three weeks earlier than previously reported (See News, 2 Apr 2003). The production - which opened in the West End on 23 October 2002 (previews from 3 October) - was due to finish at the end of its current booking period on 31 May 2003. It will now finish on 10 May after a run of just over seven months.

Devised by Stroman (who also choreographs and directs) and James Weidman, Contact presents three stories - titled "Swinging", "Did You Move?" and "Contact! - told through dance and dialogue as the characters struggle to connect with one another. The piece is inspired by a real-life event when Stroman witnessed a young woman in a short yellow dress bedazzle a succession of suitors at an after-hours Manhattan dance club.

The production premiered in March 2000 on Broadway where it controversially won that year's Tony Award for Best Musical, despite the fact that none of the performers sing.

The recast and reconceived London production - which features Leigh Zimmerman, Michael Praed, Craig Urbani, Gavin Lee and Royal Ballet star Sarah Wildor - was nominated for four Laurence Olivier awards, including Best Entertainment, a and won this year's Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Ensemble Performance.

- by Terri Paddock

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