After 17 years at the Orpheum Theatre in New York City, “Stomp” remains one of the most exciting and unique theatre experiences around.
For those unfamiliar with the concept, “Stomp” features a group of dancers/musicians who use anything and everything around them to create a rhythm, including pots, pans, signs, cans, paper cups, matchboxes and their own bodies. The show is compiled of various skits and rhythmic numbers, many of them with a comedic bent.
The most impressive part of the show is the immense coordination and athleticism required by all of the performers. Many of the rhythms depend on sounds being made at precise times, and if just one person is off, the whole thing falls apart. The performers are constantly leaping and banging and climbing for the entirety of the nearly two-hour show, and they never show signs of fatigue.
The show is also incredibly funny, even though the performers never actually speak. They excel at conveying emotions and thoughts through their facial expressions or body language, and they kept the audience in stitches during the Saturday matinee attended for this review.
The production does not contain any objectionable content, although younger children may be frightened or bothered by the loud noises involved in the show. Likewise, if you’re looking for a quiet night at the theatre, you should skip this one. But if you want an energizing and riveting show, “Stomp” is for you.
Regular ticket prices are $73.50. TicketNews readers can save 35 percent on tickets when they use “Stomp” discount code TIX47.
“Stomp” is currently playing at Orpheum Theatre, located at 126 Second Avenue in New York, NY. The show runs about one hour and 45 minutes, with no intermission. Evening performances are staged Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., and at 7 p.m. on Sunday. Weekend matinees are also available at 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
“Stomp” was reviewed in participation with TicketNews’ Discount Theatre Program, which provides unique discount codes for Broadway, Off-Broadway, and other theatrical productions. For more information on the program or enrolling a production, visit our Discount Theatre Program page or e-mail Liz Hoffman.