Compiled By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“Stomp,” the international percussion sensation, returns to Sacramento for an engagement at Community Center Theater from Feb. 1 – 10.

From its beginnings as a street performance in the UK, ‘Stomp” has grown into an international sensation, having performed in more than 50 countries and in front of more than 24 million people.

Created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, “Stomp” continues its phenomenal run with four global productions: the ongoing sell-out production at New York's Orpheum Theatre, a permanent London company, and North American and European tours.

Throughout its life, the show has continued to change by creating new material; this year, it will incorporate two new pieces. It is safe to say you will never again look at supermarket carts or plumbing fixtures the same way… or paint cans, or kitchen sinks, or a number of other common objects that are repurposed in creative ways.

Tickets for “Stomp” start at $26 and are available now at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, 1419 H Street, Sacramento, or by calling (916) 557-1999. They are also available at the Community Center Theater Box Office, 1301 L Street, Sacramento, or by calling (916) 808-5181, or online at BroadwaySacramento.com. Groups of 12 or more can reserve tickets by calling (916) 557-1198.

Community Center Theater is located at 1301 L Street in Sacramento. Performances of “Stomp” are: Friday, Feb. 1 at 8 PM; Saturday, Feb. 2 at 2 pm and 8 pm; Sunday, Feb. 3 at 2 pm, Tuesday, Feb. 5 through Saturday, Feb. 9 at 8 pm and Thursday, Feb. 7, Saturday, Feb. 9 and Sunday, Feb. 10 at 2 pm.

For more information call (916) 557-1999 or visit BroadwaySacramento.com.

In addition to the stage shows, “Stomp” has been an overwhelming success marked by rave reviews, sell-out engagements and numerous awards, including an Olivier Award for Best Choreography, a New York Obie Award, a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatre Experience, and a Special Citation from Best Plays.

It has also received an Academy Award nomination, four Emmy nominations and one Emmy Award for the acclaimed HBO special “Stomp Out Loud.” Its noteworthy TV appearances include The London 2012 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony, The Academy Awards (produced by Quincy Jones), “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” and a series of award-winning international commercials.

The performers “make a rhythm out of anything we can get our hands on that makes a sound,” says co-founder/director Luke Cresswell.

A unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy, “Stomp” has created its own inimitable, contemporary form of rhythmic expression: both household and industrial objects find new life as musical instruments in the hands of an idiosyncratic band of body percussionists. It is a journey through sound, a celebration of the everyday and a comic interplay of characters wordlessly communicating through dance and drum.

Synchronized stiff-bristle brooms become a sweeping orchestra, eight 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 - dustbins, tea chests, radiator hoses, boots, hubcaps - to fill the stage with a compelling and unique act that is often imitated but never duplicated.

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.

Editor’s Note: Information used in this report obtained from the Community Center Theater.