I’m a fan of the old-fashioned musical. You know, the kind where boy meets girl, there are some fun and flashy dance numbers, boy almost loses girl, then there are some ballads and reprises, and in the end…. BOY GETS GIRL.
So, with that said, I was unsure how I’d feel about the show Stomp! Thanks to my friends at Celebrity Attractions, I saw it last night at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but since it meant a middle of the week date night, and I love going to theatre, I was all in. Boy, am I glad I went! I found Stomp to be innovative, creative and beyond my wildest dreams.
You could say it was love at first stomp.
The performers had me at the get-go.
Picture this: the show starts with a man sweeping the floor. (Fellas take note– that image alone will make any girl swoon!) Slowly, but surely the rhythm built and before I knew it there was this amazing display of percussion and dance. Laced in with all of that…you’ll find comedy… and LOTS OF IT.
In fact, among the syncopated sounds of it all, I had to take a beat to soak in the infectious laughter all around me. I’m not much of a “vocal laugher,” if that makes sense. I laugh, but it’s a pretty quiet laugh, or it comes in short bursts. I love hearing people engage in a long full belly laugh or a good old cackle and I had many of those types sitting nearby. ( I even heard a few snorts here and there!) Without a doubt laughter is contagious, and in the halls of the PAC there was plenty to go around. If you’re in need of a good laugh, this may be just what the doctor ordered.
The show was genius, and get this–there were barely any words spoken. Imagine that… a musical with no lyrics. The performers used everything from brooms to lids to poles to sand to matches and more to create their music and comedy. You could say they made music with everything, including the kitchen sink! (NOT KIDDING. During one number, they had sinks!) The performers are masters too with audience participation. You will find yourself clapping and becoming part of the highly-crafted sound. Without a doubt, if you are a fan of percussion, and especially drums, this is a must-see show. Even if you’re not a fan of music, but you appreciate talent, you won’t want to miss this one.
They say each of us marches to the beat of our own drummer. Last night’s performance was proof that we can all have a different beat and make something magical together. Take it from this “old-fashioned musical” lover, sometimes it’s the “off beat” that can expand your horizons.
On the drive home, I still found myself chuckling and my husband was too. It turns out he loved it even more than I did because it wasn’t your typical musical, he didn’t have to follow a plot line, and “no one fell in love.”
I left the broom out for my husband this afternoon… perhaps when he gets home from work tonight, he can finish what Stomp started. There’s the love story part of it for ya:)
For more info on Tickets, etc: http://www.celebrityattractions.com/ShowInfo/showInfo.asp?show=171&showname=STOMP
- ‘Stomp’ @ Palace Theatre, 2/17/12 (timesunion.com)
- Stomp – The Musical – Alhambra Theatre Bradford Saturday 25th February 2012 (justwilliam1959.wordpress.com)
- Stomp! (iamdollywilliams.wordpress.com)