Stomp Returns to the Tulsa PAC March 6-11
MAKING NOISE: Stomp will return to Tulsa March 6-11 for eight performances only. From its beginnings as a street performance in the UK, Stomp has grown into an international sensation over the past 14 years, having been performed in over 350 cities in 36 countries worldwide.
Stomp, the international sensation, is making its triumphant return to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center March 6-11 for eight performances only. The return of the percussive hit also brings some new surprises, with some sections of the show now updated and restructured and the addition of two new full-scale routines, utilizing props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans.
“After creating new routines for Stomp Out Loud in Vegas, Co-Creator Luke Cresswell and I decided it was time to rework elements of our main production, Stomp,” says Co-Creator Steve McNicholas. “Stomp has evolved a great deal ever since its first incarnation at the Edinburgh Festival. Every reworking has involved losing some pieces and gaining new ones but has always stayed true to the original premise of the show: to create rhythmic music with instantly recognizable objects and do it with an eccentric sense of character and humor.” The changes that can now be seen in the tour of Stomp are the biggest since the late 1990s. A new piece “Paint Cans” evolved out of the “Boxes” routine in the Las Vegas show and “Donuts” is a piece that implements huge tractor tire inner tubes, worn around the waist on a bungee cord. For many years, the creators had looked for a Stomp equivalent of the Latin percussion instrument the guiro, a gourd-shaped open-ended instrument with ridges along the side that are rubbed by a wooden stick to create its sound. The climactic trash can sequence “Bins” has been restructured to include a guiro-like newfound instrument: strip-lighting recycling containers.
From its beginnings as a street performance in the UK, Stomp has grown into an international sensation over the past 14 years, having been performed in over 350 cities in 36 countries worldwide. Stomp continues its phenomenal run with the ongoing sell-out Off-Broadway production at New York’s Orpheum Theatre, a North American tour, and two productions overseas – a London company and a European tour.
Stomp, an overwhelming success marked by rave reviews, numerous awards and sell-out engagements, is the winner of an Olivier Award for Best Choreography (London’s Tony Award), a New York Obie Award, a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatre Experience, and a Special Citation from Best Plays. The young performers, “Make a rhythm out of anything we can get our hands on that makes a sound,” says Co-Creator/director Luke Cresswell. Stiff-bristle brooms become a sweeping orchestra; Zippo lighters flip open and closed to create a fiery fugue; wooden poles thump and clack in a rhythmic explosion. Stomp uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – trash cans, tea chests, plastic bags, plungers, boots, and hubcaps – to fill the stage with compelling and infectious rhythms.
Critics and audiences have raved, “Stomp is as crisp and exuberant as if it had opened yesterday,” says The New York Times. The San Francisco Chronicle declares, “Stomp has a beat that just won’t quit!” The Los Angeles Times exclaims, “Electrifying! Triumphs in the infinite variety of the human experience.” “A phenomenal show! Bashing, crashing, smashing, swishing, banging and kicking – a joyous invention,” says the Chicago Tribune.
Stomp is directed and created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas.
Tickets may be purchased via phone 918-596-7111, 800-364-7111, in person at the Tulsa Ticket Office or online at www.MyTicketOffice.com. Groups of 10 or more may call 918-796-0220 for a discount.
For more information, visit Celebrity Attractions’ website at www.CelebrityAttractions.com.
Stomp is presented by Celebrity Attractions and is part of Celebrity Attractions 2011-2012 Broadway Season which includes Fiddler on the Roof and the Oklahoma premiere of Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Celebrity Attractions is proud to have American Airlines, Oklahoma’s Own News On 6 and Tulsa World as sponsors for this spectacular season.