Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 20 years, you’ve probably heard of STOMP, the hugely popular and unique percussion show. I recently saw the show and finally found out what gives it its massive appeal to people all over the world from all walks of life.
First and foremost, STOMP is a show where you’re constantly wondering what’s next. The idea of the show is simple: make rhythm and music from various objects. Eight performers use household items and industrial objects to create sounds in a very inventive and creative way. Each time a new object was brought on stage I constantly kept asking myself “what’s next?”. Some items were pretty obvious, such a trash bins. But when it came to a Zippo lighter, a broom and a matchbox I was simply blown away. I thought it would get repetitive but each number was totally different from the others and very unique.
The performers are so incredibly skilled they can even make sounds simply with their hands and feet, and it still sounds amazing! The fun rhythms and songs make this upbeat performance high energy and very intense, although the occasional comedy lightens up the show and adds another dimension. There are also some interactive parts, such as having the audience clap along and participate in some of the music, for an even more fun atmosphere. Even more astounding is the trust that the performers have with one another when it comes to the timing of the beat, in addition to their percussion skills.
Most of the show is really loud – there’s a lot of booming, banging noises, so if you have kids who are super-sensitive to loud noise it might not be a good idea to bring them. The show is strictly for kids over 4 for a reason so make sure your child can handle all the noise. My kids, at 9 and 7, were fine with it. The performance runs one hour and 45 minutes with no intermission.
When: Tuesdays -Fridays 8pm; Saturdays: 3pm & 8pm; Sundays: 2pm & 5:30pm.
Where: The Orpheum Theatre
126 2nd Avenue (at St. Mark’s Place)
Price: $48 -$100
Photos by Steve McNicholas
I was not compensated for this post. I received tickets to the show. STOMP at the Orpheum Theatre Never Misses a Beat!
Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman is the owner of Mama’s Bites and has also written for The Huffington Post. She has been living in New York City for fourteen years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree, but blogging is her true passion. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids (ages 9, 7 and 3) and loves finding great products that make her family’s life easier.