‘STOMP’ Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary in the East Village
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Orpheum Theatre, Photo: Fabian Payton
These days the 299-seat Orpheum Theatre increasingly seems out of place amidst the backdrop of a radically changed East Village scene. It’s the last roaming dinosaur not killed off by the comet of hyper-gentrification. But there it is, a stone’s throw from the once-gritty St. Mark’s Place, still entertaining the hordes with one show only. STOMP.
The Off-Broadway production launched its illustrious percussion-heavy tenure at 126 Second Avenue exactly twenty years ago this month. February 27, 1994 was the first official public show. To mark the anniversary, the Empire State Building will light up the colors of STOMP on this date.
The symphonic cacaphony known as STOMP actually began life across the pond three years earlier, thought up by Brighton, UK natives Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas. Their creation focused on creating head-bobbing rhythms using non-traditional instruments culled from the urban landscape.
The East Village classic scored an Obie Award and Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatre Experience and was named a Legend of off-Broadway.