A Free Program of Digital Performances, Conversations, Cast Reunions and More Featuring Lincoln Center Theater Artists

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Looking back at CONTACT

Thursday, March 25 at 7pm ET

LCT's free SPOTLIGHT SERIES continues on Thursday, March 25 at 7pm with “Looking Back at CONTACT,” LCT’s 2000 award-winning musical. Featuring the production’s director and choreographer Susan Stroman; writer John Weidman; and original stars Boyd Gaines, Seán Martin Hingston, Deborah Yates and Karen Ziemba.   The event will be moderated by Tomé Cousin, also an original cast member who has subsequently overseen productions of the musical world-wide.

Contact, one of Lincoln Center Theater’s most successful productions, used dance as both the medium and the message to tell three thematically linked short stories, all of which featured a central character with a longing to connect. 

Developed by Susan Stroman and John Weidman, with a book by Mr. Weidman and direction and choreography by Ms. Stroman, Contact premiered at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater in the fall of the 1999-2000 season, before moving to the Vivian Beaumont Theater that spring, where it would go on to become LCT’s longest-running Beaumont production. The musical won four 2000 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Choreography, Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Boyd Gaines) and Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Karen Ziemba). John Weidman and Deborah Yates also received Tony Award nominations for their work. In addition to its New York run, Contact also enjoyed a multi-season national tour and as well as productions internationally, including long-running editions on London’s West End and in Japan.

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Upcoming events in the SPOTLIGHT SERIES will include play readings of LCT past favorites, additional musical performances and cast reunions; as well as performances of new, original work. Follow LCT on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and sign up the for LCT email list to be the first to receive future updates!

Past Events

February 11, 2021: Lileana Blain-Cruz In Conversation: On Directing, Episode 2. Ms. Blain-Cruz, a Resident Director at Lincoln Center Theater, was joined by fellow directors: Garrett AllenSarah Benson and Lila Neugebauer, who discussed their work and their hopes for the future of the theater in a post-pandemic world.

Streaming now through March 7 only!

January 28, 2021: Looking Back at THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA. Featuring original stars Victoria Clark, Matthew Morrison and Kelli O’Hara, as well as never-before-seen production footage from LCT’s 2005 award winning musical, the event included an introduction by director Bartlett Sher and was moderated by Ira Weitzman, LCT’s Associate Producer of Musicals.

January 14, 2021: Turning the Page: LCT Artists Read Their Own Poetry and Prose. Playwrights David Adjmi, Ayad Akhtar,and Sarah Ruhl, playwright and director James Lapine, director Jack O’Brien and actor Andrew Rannells read from their own non-theatrical works. Introduced by poet Honor Moore (Ms. Moore's latest memoir is Our Revolution:  A Mother and Daughter at Midcentury, published in March 2020).

December 17, 2020:  Looking Back at THE COAST OF UTOPIA: A Roundtable. Playwright Tom Stoppard and director Jack O’Brien reunited with actors Billy Crudup, Jennifer Ehle, Ethan Hawke, and Martha Plimpton to talk about their experiences working on LCT’s groundbreaking, landmark production of Stoppard’s trilogy. 

December 3, 2020:  Lileana Blain-Cruz in Conversation: On Directing. Episode One featured LCT Resident Director Lileana Blain-Cruz, Saheem Ali and Whitney White, moderated by Machel Ross.

November 17, 2020: IN THE GREEN Original Cast Album Virtual Celebration with Grace McLean. Download and stream the album now!