Did you happen to catch a glimpse of the Empire State Building last night, lit up in red and white? It turns out that the dual color change was in honor of the off-Broadway show STOMP, now celebrating its 20th anniversary at the Orpheum Theatre. The percussive, physical theater show (everyday instruments like garbage can lids and brooms make an appearance) has nabbed nearly every award possible, including the Obie, Olivier and Drama Desk honors. DT alum Michelle Dorrance (May 2012) cut her teeth in STOMP, where she was a member of the off-Broadway and North American tour casts for a combined total of four years.
Over the past twenty years, the show has stomped its way (yep, pun intended) into the hearts of people all over the world: Second Avenue at 8th Street in NYC was officially renamed “STOMP Avenue” in 2004; a Las Vegas production opened in 2007; the cast performed Paul Simon’s “Cecilia” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in 2011 (heyyyy, Michelle!); and the cast performed in the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony.
Photo by Jennifer Broski