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Story by Andy Argyrakis
But the reason the show continues to have fresh appeal is the constantly amended chorography and comic relief that pops up during its most complicated segments, ensuring satisfaction for fresh faces and returning attendees no matter the quantity of times they caught the show. Similar to Blue Man Group, STOMP has both a cult and mainstream following that finds fans holding drum sticks in the audience and pounding along on their seats as the cast sweeps brooms, clangs garbage pales and tosses basketballs with a defined rhythm and mostly catchy cadence.
Along the way, the audience gets to participate by mimicking hand claps, finger snaps and foot stomps, while attempting to keep up with the jaw dropping dancers who are constantly unpredictable and visually alluring. Though some of the noises are a bit jarring and grating at times (like the sounds of sweeping up sand and wrinkling newspapers), scenes involving water splashing and tube tossing are downright hysterical.
There are also several references to pop culture throughout the program, from a couple bars out of Queen and David Bowie's "Under Pressure" (or is it Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby"?) to an imitation of Fat Albert and exit music featuring The Brothers Johnson's disco smash "Stomp!" Given all these various facets, plus the sheer entertainment factor throughout the remarkably brisk 90 minutes, there's no reason why STOMP won't continue to endure, reeling in newcomers and repeat customers alike.
STOMP continues at the Bank of America Theatre through Sunday, May 2. For additional details, visit www.broadwayinchicago.com
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