"Stomp" returns to Chicago

         
                               STOMP
                    THE SMASH HIT RETURNS

TO CHICAGO WITH NEW SURPRISES

Tickets To Go On Sale February 26

 

 

CHICAGO (February 4, 2010) -- Broadway In Chicago is proud to announce
the international sensation STOMP
will be making its triumphant return for a limited one-week engagement
at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre (18 W. Monroe) April 27 - May 2,
2010.  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 tubes and paint cans.  Individual tickets for
STOMP will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 26, 2010.

 

"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,"
said 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 1990's. 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 trashcan sequence
"Bins" has been restructured to include a guiro-like
new found 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 fourteen years,
having 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 - trashcans, 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."

 

STOMP is
directed and created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas.

 

Individual tickets to
STOMP
will go on sale on Friday, February 26 at 10:00 a.m.

at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W.
Randolph St. and 18 W. Monroe St.); the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line
at (800) 775-2000; all Ticketmaster retail locations (including Hot Tix
and select Carson Pirie Scott, Coconuts and fye stores); and online at

www.BroadwayInChicago.com
.  Groups of 15 or more should call (312) 977-1710.

 

Performances of
STOMP
are as follows:

 

Tuesday, April 27 at 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 30 at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 1 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 2 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

 

For more information on
STOMP, visit

www.stomponline.com
or
www.BroadwayInChicago.com

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