Back by popular demand, the Kimmel Cultural Campus presents the perfect holiday gift, the return of international percussion sensation STOMP, as part of the 21-22 Broadway season. STOMP will take over the Kimmel Cultural Campus’ Merriam Theater from Tuesday, December 28, 2021, through Sunday, January 2, 2022.
The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments (matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, even hubcaps) to create an unforgettable experience for all ages. Beginning as a street performance in the UK, STOMP has grown into an international sensation over the past 27 years, visiting more than 50 countries and reaching more than 24 million people.
Deeply committed to the health and safety of guests, artists, and staff and proudly certified by GBAC, the gold standard for infection prevention programs, the Kimmel Cultural Campus is requiring masks to be worn at all times, as well as proof of vaccination for those over 12. Guests under 12 will be required to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of the event.
“Philadelphia audiences will love STOMP’s ingenuity, creativity, and fun,” said Frances Egler, senior director of programming and presentations on the Kimmel Cultural Campus. “We love presenting programs that serve many audience segments, particularly during the holidays when families gather to celebrate the season.”
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 audiences will never again look at supermarket carts or plumbing fixtures the same way… or paint cans, or kitchen sinks or…
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 received an Academy Award® nomination; four Emmy® nominations; one Emmy® Award for their acclaimed HBO special Stomp Out Loud; and made 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.
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 part of the Kimmel Cultural Campus’ 2021-22 Family Discovery Series, sponsored by Dietz & Watson.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999 or online
at www.kimmelculturalcampus.org. In-person ticket sales can be conducted daily from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Academy of Music Box Office, located at 240 S. Broad Street.
See www.kimmelculturalcampus.org for more information.
Kimmel Cultural Campus’ Merriam Theater
December 28, 2021 – January 2, 2022