Percussion/Dance Sensation “Stomp” Returns to Raleigh Memorial Auditorium on Nov. 18-20

"Stomp" plays four shows on Nov. 18-20 in Raleigh
"Stomp" plays four shows on Nov. 18-20 in Raleigh

"Stomp" plays four shows on Nov. 18-20 in Raleigh
"Stomp" plays four shows on Nov. 18-20 at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

Broadway Series South will present four performances of the international percussion and dance sensation Stomp on Nov. 18-20 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

According to the musical’s Facebook information page:

Stomp, a unique combination of percussion, movement, and visual comedy, was created in Brighton, U.K., in the summer of 1991. It was the result of a 10-year collaboration between its creators, Steve McNicholas and Luke Creswell.

“They first worked together in 1981, as members of the street band Pookiesnackenburger and the theater group Cliff Hanger. Together, these groups presented a series of street comedy musicals at the Edinburgh Festival throughout the early 1980s. After two albums, a U.K. TV series and extensive touring throughout Europe, Pookiesnackenburger also produced the highly acclaimed ‘Bins’ commercial for Heineken lager. The piece was originally written and choreographed by Luke [Creswell] as part of the band’s stage show. It proved to be the starting point for Stomp’s climactic dustbin dance….

“In the summer of 1991, Luke [Creswell] and Steve [McNicholas] produced, financed, and directed the original Stomp, previewing at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre and premiering at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, where it became The Guardian’s ‘Critic’s Choice’ and won the Daily Express’ ‘Best of the Fringe’ award. Originally a seven-piece (with Luke [Creswell], Theseus Gerard, Fraser Morrison, Carl Smith, Nick Dwyer, David Olrod, and Sarah Eddy) Stomp grew to be an eight-person outfit with the addition of Fiona Wilkes in the fall of 1991.

“Between 1991 and 1994, the original cast of Stomp played to capacity audiences around the world from Hong Kong to Barcelona, from Dublin to Sydney. The touring culminated in a sell-out season at London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre in January 1994, where Stomp received an Olivier nomination for Best Entertainment Award and won Best Choreography Award in a West End show….

Stomp began its run at the Orpheum Theatre in New York in February 1994 and quickly went on to win an OBIE Award and a Drama Desk Award for Most Unique Theatre Experience. By the summer of 1994, the first American cast was in place at the Orpheum, freeing the original cast for a sell-out tour of North America and Japan….

Stomp made a special appearance on the Academy Awards in March 1996, with an acclaimed original piece involving the live synchronization of classic film clips and on-stage action, featuring 20 performers from all five productions….

“In 2004, in celebration of 10 years of Stomp in New York, 2nd Avenue at 8th Street was renamed Stomp Avenue.

“In 2006, Stomp‘s New York production passed its 5,000th performance mark…. In addition, they were commissioned to create and produce the Lost and Found Orchestra [http://www.lfopresents.co.uk/], which takes the ideas behind Stomp to a symphonic level, in celebration of 40 years of the Brighton Festival….”

Broadway Series South presents STOMP at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19, 5 and 9 p.m. Nov. 19, and 3 p.m. Nov. 20 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, North Carolina 27601.

TICKETS: $26-$51.

BOX OFFICE: 800/745-3000 or http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/115203/844123.

GROUP RATES (10+ tickets): 919/996-8707, group@raleighconvention.com, or http://www.progressenergycenter.com/broadway-series-south/group-sales.

INFORMATION ONLY: 919/996-8500 or info@progressenergycenter.com.

SHOW: http://www.progressenergycenter.com/event/stomp-788.

VIDEO PREVIEW: http://www.stomponline.com/index-us.php.

SEASON: http://www.progressenergycenter.com/broadway-series-south.

PRESENTER: http://www.progressenergycenter.com/broadway-series-south.

VENUE: http://www.progressenergycenter.com/venue/memorial-auditorium.

DIRECTIONS: http://www.progressenergycenter.com/directions.

PARKING: http://www.progressenergycenter.com/parking.

OTHER LINKS:

Stomp: http://stomponline.com/ (official website) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stomp_(dance_troupe) (Wikipedia).

EDITOR’S NOTE:

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By Robert W. McDowell

Robert W. McDowell is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer, editor, and critic. He has written theater, film, book, and music previews and reviews for The News & Observer, The Raleigh Times, Spectator Magazine, and Classical Voice of North Carolina, all based in Raleigh. In 1980-91, he covered business, industry, government, and education for (We the People of) North Carolina magazine, published monthly by N.C. Citizens for Business and Industry. In April 2001, McDowell started Robert's Reviews, a FREE weekly e-mail newsletter that provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of the performing arts in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, which includes Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro. Triangle Review is the latest-and-greatest version of McDowell's original newsletter. (To start your FREE subscription, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE TR in the Subject: line.) From December 1980 until September 2017, McDowell served on the board of directors of The Cinema, Inc., a Raleigh-based nonprofit film society formed in 1966. He currently publishes a weekly list of FREE advance screenings of movies in the Triangle area. (To have your e-mail address added to this FREE list, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE FFL FREE in the Subject: line.) McDowell also co-edited and supervised the production of Jim Valvano's Guide to Great Eating (JTV Enterprises, 1984), a 224-page sports celebrity cookbook; and he served as a fact checker for Valvano: They Gave Me a Lifetime Contract, and Then They Declared Me Dead (Pocket Books, 1991).