STOMP, the international percussion sensation returns to the Kimmel Center, Dec. 26-31

The Kimmel Center is ecstatic to welcome back STOMP, the international percussion sensation, to the Merriam Theater from Tuesday December 26 through Sunday, December 31, 2017. STOMP started as a street performance in the UK and has grown into an international sensation over the past 25 years. It has performed in more than 50 countries and in front of more than 24 million people.

Created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, STOMP continues its phenomenal run with four global productions: the ongoing sell-out production at New York’s Orpheum Theatre, a permanent London company, and North American and European tours. Throughout its life, the show has continued to change by creating new material; next year, it will incorporate two new pieces.  It is safe to say you will never again look at supermarket carts or plumbing fixtures the same way… or paint cans, or kitchen sinks or…

“What better way to keep the holiday fun rolling than by gathering with family and friends at the Merriam Theater for a STOMP’ing good time,” said Anne Ewers, President & CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “Join us as we close out the year with this thrilling and endlessly entertaining international favorite!”

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.

In addition to the stage shows, STOMP has been an overwhelming success marked by rave reviews; numerous awards; an Academy Award nomination; four Emmy nominations; one Emmy Award for their acclaimed HBO special Stomp Out Loud; noteworthy TV appearances including The London 2012 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony, The Academy Awards (produced by Quincy Jones), Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and a series of award-winning international commercials.

The performers “make a rhythm out of anything we can get our hands on that makes a sound,” says co- founder/director Luke Cresswell. A unique combination of percussion, movement, and visual comedy, STOMP has created its own inimitable, contemporary form of rhythmic expression: both household and industrial objects find new life as musical instruments in the hands of an idiosyncratic band of body percussionists. It is a journey through sound, a celebration of the everyday, and a comic interplay of characters wordlessly communicating through dance and drum.

Synchronized stiff-bristle brooms become a sweeping orchestra; eight 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 – dustbins, tea chests, radiator hoses, boots, hub caps – to fill the stage with a compelling and unique act that is often imitated but never duplicated.

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
Merriam Theater
Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Friday, December 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 1:00 pm
More information at https://www.kimmelcenter.org/events-and-tickets/201718/broadway-philadelphia/stomp/

Tickets are on sale now and start at $40.00. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-731-3333, online at kimmelcenter.org, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling 215-790-5883. See kimmelcenter.org for more information.