FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Ehrhardt Group
The Smash Hit, STOMP, Returns to New ORleans for a Special Five-Performance Engagement, Sept. 14-16, at the Mahalia Jackson Theater
Tickets On Sale to the Public May 24
New Orleans, LA - (May 21, 2012) - East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans today announced a special 5-performance engagement of the internationally acclaimed STOMP will return to New Orleans, playing at the Mahalia Jackson Theater, Sept. 14 - 16, 2012. Tickets will go on sale to the public Thursday, May 24 at 11 a.m.
The return of the percussive hit 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 inner tubes and paint cans.
"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." "A phenomenal show! Bashing, crashing, smashing, swishing, banging and kicking - a joyous invention!" says the Chicago Tribune.
STOMP is directed and created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas. The smash hit returns to New Orleans Mahalia Jackson Theater, Sept. 14 - 16, 2012 on the following schedule:
Friday, Sept. 14: 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 15: 2 p.m., 8 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 16: 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $30 and are available at the Mahalia Jackson Theater Box Office,
Arts Center Enterprises - New Orleans, LLC - (ACE) is a theatrical facility management company with more than 30 years of experience in the field of professional performing arts facility management and theatrical property development. Allen Becker, together with his partners David Anderson, Gary Markowitz and Kirk B. Feldmann have succeeded in establishing a successful business model that combines an entrepreneurial operating strategy, with a wealth of industry relationships, which result in active, vibrant, well-managed and self-sustaining performing arts facilities. Not only has this business model served to uplift communities through the presentation of powerful live performances, but it has served to also provide economic stimulus into urban corridors in need of revitalization. Please visit ACE New Orleans online at MahaliaJacksonTheater.com.
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The Mahalia Jackson Theater is located in Armstrong Park at 801 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, Louisiana. Information on the Broadway Across America - New Orleans series and venue policies and accommodations may be obtained online at MahaliaJacksonTheater.com. Group Sales information is available at 504-287-0372. Box Office information is available at 504-287-0351.