My friends and I saw STOMP in New York City, 1994. My colleague and I had a conference presentation, and we jokingly said, “anyone wants to go, we’ll give you a ride to the airport with us.” To our surprise, after the meeting we were attending, 2 colleagues came over and said they wanted to go with us, followed by one of my students, and then our BFF JW and of course then I had to take my son, whom I had already promised a trip back since on our first trip, it did not work out very well. We loaded up in my 9-passenger van with one seat removed to hold luggage and drove the 3-hour trip to the Dallas airport to board a flight for LaGuardia. We had the time of our lives.
I did not realize until today that the STOMP performance group originated in the UK, thus, it should have been no surprise they were playing while we were there in 2006. STOMP was created in Brighton, UK in 1991 by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas. They played to international audiences, and in 1994, opened at the Orpheum in NYC.
The current Vaudeville Theatre in London was constructed in 1926, although there were two earlier versions of the theatre. The theatre closed for reconstruction in 1925, changing from its former horseshoe shape to a rectangular design, and reopened February 1926. The dance/performance art troupe Stomp ran from 2002 to 2007.