• UK’s ‘Stomp’ makes a comeback in Manila


    British theater production Stomp’s successful 23-year run on Broadway and 12 equally remarkable blockbuster years at the West End has done absolutely nothing to exhaust its original chaotic allure and energetic charisma.

    The kinetically charged repertoire returns with an even louder and bigger bang to the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Main Theater on June 17 to 22, giving Filipinos another dose of their live energetic performance as they brings along fresh and riveting routines together with a few more revelations.

    “We are really excited about coming back to Manila,” says Stomp co-creator and director Steve McNicholas.

    “If you’ve never seen Stomp you should come and see what all the noise is about, and if you have, come again and see what’s new,” he excitedly shared.

    What’s more excitingly fresh with Stomp’s 2014 Manila comeback is that audiences will also have the exclusive opportunity to witness the rhythm of Stomp let itself go crazy-loose onstage “Filipino Style,” when the touring cast is joined this time by 17-year veteran Filipino Stomper Andres Fernandez.

    Fernandez will be joining Stomp’s special eight-day limited run in Manila as it continues to break theatrical conventions of music and lyrics in a high-adrenaline show drawing “pure stage magic” from ingenious combinations of slick movement and pulsating rhythms.

    With a wordless yet visually wild and witty repertoire, the group’s polished theatrical thrills continue to draw in audiences of all ages and backgrounds while still managing to nurture performers, who after long years of stomping, still find it hard to contain their original passion and excitement for the show—much like Fernandez, who was also rehearsal director in their Lincoln Theater run in the 2012 US tour.

    “I’m not really sure yet what role they’ll have me do in the Manila production. When I went on the European tour last summer, I did the lead role—the guy that starts off the whole show—he’s a character called ‘Sarge,’ as in Sergeant ‘because he’s sort of in charge of everybody,’” shared Fernandez, who confesses to having a “little more fun” doing the comedic characters of Stomp.

    The show’s high-octane audio and visual spectacle are sure to challenge die-hard dance and fitness fanatics with the raw stamina of each routine and the physical endurance required to master its tight ensemble work will also prove to be motivational to those who are prone to living lethargic or even stressful lives, whether they be bookworms, tech-savvy students of all levels, and even corporate workaholics.

    “We get onstage and bang around and try to look so cool. No one knows we’re actually letting off steam,” Fernandez enthused.

    Throughout its years of critically acclaimed world tours, mesmerizing over 15 million people in 53 countries across five continents, the “Stomp experience”—with its deceptively gritty, and electrifyingly precise dance of carefully engineered chaos—has become embedded into the psyche of modern cultural iconography.

    STOMP will be playing for a limited season from June 17 to 22 at the CCP Main Theater. Presented by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and Concertus Manila. Tickets are available at TicketWorld, call 891-9999 or log on to www.ticketworld.com.ph.


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