A percussion show that celebrates the power of rhythm and the sheer joy of banging on things.
There's really not much more to say. The enormously charismatic and unreserved cast bangs on things....in rhythm....infectiously....for 90 minutes.
Sure, it ain't Ibsen, but this long-running show is very popular with tourists and those looking for an enjoyable evening out with the family.
Here is a video - a bit long, but the first 50 seconds will be enough to give you a sense of the show:
Note that the Orpheum is a small theatre (only seven seats on either side of the aisle, so groups of more than seven won't all be in a row though they'll always be adjacent) in the heart of the East Village, one of New York's treasures (and the setting for the megahit musical Rent), so be sure to plan some extra time for walking around afterwards.
Sure, these characters drum up quite a racket, but the imaginative ways in which they do so is a reminder of how even the most banal items can become effective tools for art. Stomp still feels surprisingly fresh and inventive more than a decade later.
New York Times
If "Stomp" remains slim on content, it has energy to burn. The directors and co-creators have staged the scenes with a meticulous rhythm - quick, consistent and with just enough variety to keep your concentration from wandering. Few moments feel improvised, but the show never sacrifices the appearance of spontaneity. The drummers work within the framework of rudimentary narratives and superficially distinct characters portrayed by a splendidly athletic ensemble.
December 15, 2014
Great fun time with our grandaughters. We would go back again.
May 28, 2014
Stomp far surpasses the Stomp performance in Chicago. The talent and timing was incredible. So much imagination and energy. If you don't see Stomp you're missing out on one of the more creative experiences ever. Did I mention it's phenomenal?