By Beth Clark
The musical “STOMP” has been electrifying audiences across the world for more than 20 years; there have been more than 5,000 performances in New York City alone! I hesitate to call it a musical, because it is so much more than that: It’s a choreography of sounds, taking flight across the stage in a 90-minute ebb and flow of rhythms, lights, body movement and comedy. The Fabulous Fox Theatre brings “STOMP” to Atlanta this weekend; I was fortunate to see it last night, and let me tell you, I cannot recommend this show enough.
Without characters, dialogue, lyrics or traditional instruments, the creative people behind “STOMP” have managed to take the simplest concept (may have even been inspired by a 2-year-old banging a spoon on pots and pans) and elevate it beyond art. Beyond art.
If you’ve somehow never heard of “STOMP,” it is a show that takes everyday objects and uses them as musical instruments. Most of us can imagine the sounds that paint cans, brooms and traffic signs might make if you bang on them, but what about if you slide them across the floor, or pluck them or dribble water onto them??
And what might those objects sound like when played alongside other objects? I’ve got the answer to that question: The result is incredible, and better than you’d ever expect! We’re all familiar with the rustling sound of a plastic grocery bag, but is it possible to turn that bag into a drum and coax out a boom which could easily fit in with the baseline of a rock song?? Find out at “STOMP!”
The talented cast is made up of roughly a dozen people who are triple-threats as musicians, actors and dancers. (I could probably also add in there jugglers, aerial artists and daredevils!) Clad in casual jeans, tank tops, shorts, even baseball caps, the performers look completely unassuming – until their tap shoes hit the stage. They work together without words to build a performance that features quiet moments juxtaposed with pulsating moments, taking the audience on a light and jaunty ride through musical styles, showmanship and even gravity-defying sequences.
Expect the unexpected. Expect to be completely thrilled. Expect to participate in the show! Expect everything but the kitchen sink! Or, maybe the kitchen sink will be there, too.
If you need one more reason to go, check this out: Use the code “HUNGER” when you purchase your tickets, and “STOMP” and the Fox Theatre will donate $5 to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Talk about a win-win!
Photos by Steve McNicholas
Beth Clark is a writer, dancer and humorist who dearly loves Atlanta. She loves nothing better than roaming around the city on a mission to discover Atlanta's quirky, glam, upscale and down-home character. Check out her blog, TheCityDweller.me or Twitter@bethcitydweller.