March 5, 2009
Performers often tread the boards at Clowes Memorial Hall, but they rarely stomp them. The eight-member percussionist troupe, known throughout the world as "Stomp," is on stage now, presented by Broadway Across America.
The talented musicians bring a whole new meaning to the word rhythm. Using everything imaginable, including the kitchen sink, they make music. They turn the simplest actions, like flicking open a lighter, into music. By simply banging on trash cans and sweeping with brooms they create beats that shake the hall and incite crowds to cheer.
The show, which at first seems hectic, quickly makes it clear that every movement is perfectly coordinated to create a seamless stream of sound.
The multi-level set looks like an abandoned junk yard. It's strewn with metal parts and plastic barrels that become the instruments of choice throughout the show.
The energetic performers climb ladders and swing from harnesses, enthralling audiences with their antics. In addition to the unconventional music, the entire show is infused with humor. Without saying a word the cast keeps the laughs coming with some "Three Stooges" style physical comedy.
After a decade of anticipation, I finally saw the show live and it did not disappointed. Don't wait as long as I did for a chance to see it!
Don't Miss the Show
The show runs until Sunday, March 8 at Clowes Memorial Hall so hurry to get tickets to the show. Tickets can be purchased at Clowes Memorial Hall, The Murat Theatre, by calling (317) 239-1000 or online at www.broadwayacrossamerica.com.
Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday.