STOMP Review at Chicago Bank of America Theatre

STOMP Review at Chicago Bank of America Theatre
STOMP Bank of America Theatre Chicago January 20 – 25, 2015 Photo: Steven McNicholas 2012

Although not a word was spoken on stage at the Chicago opening of STOMP—this compelling piece of theatre was heard loud and clear vibrating all the way to the rafters in the 100-year plus Bank of America Theater building.

It’s no surprise that this masterpiece of percussion, rhythm, sound and choreography still captivates audiences after over 20 years on the world stage.

Nothing’s off the table, except conventional percussion instruments, when it comes to creating Stomp’s cataphony of sounds that come from found objects in the urban environment including dustbins, tea chests, radiator hoses, boots, hub caps, shopping carts–and even plastic bags.

One could say, the show uses everything but the kitchen sink. But that would be wrong because the show even incorporates the kitchen sink–actually not one kitchen sink but six.

From its humble beginning as a street performance in the UK, back in 1991 (after ten years in planning) Stomp has grown into an international sensation, having been performed in more than 50 countries and in front of over 24 million people.

Stomp continues its rhythmic explosion in 2015 with four global productions, permanent companies at New York’s Orpheum Theatre and in London plus North American and European tours.

Throughout its life, the show created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, has continued to change by incorporating new material–yet not straying terribly far from its original roots.

Beyond, Stomp the theatrical production, the show has been re-imagined in various guises capturing countless audiences around the world from the Emmy Award winning HBO special Stomp Out Loud; television appearances including The London 2012 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony and even turning up in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

The Chicago show is top-notch from the start–literally sweeping the audience off their feet from the beginning as cast members take the stage with a broom then build to a crescendo of brooms moving across and around the stage creating a rhythmic explosion of sound which flows and ebbs throughout the entire production.

The troupe of energetic performers–this show takes an amazing amount of physical stamina–is lead by John Angeles who manages to keep the audience in his hand with his quirky sense of humor and charismatic charm.

The entire high-energy cast works seamlessly together looking to be enjoying themselves as much as the audience in this fast-paced production that should appeal to all ages.

Stomp will be in Chicago for one week only, now through January 25th. It remains to be seen if Chicago will ever get a more permanent home for Stomp which I believe could do well here as evidenced by the not unlike Blue Man Group now in its 17th year at Chicago’s Briar Street Theatre.

RATING ★★★ (out of 4)

Tickets and information:

Tickets ($20-$65) are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and online.  Bank of America Theatre (18 W. Monroe) January 20 – 25, 2015. Running time: 1 hour and 30 minutes with no intermission.

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