Stomp: A fun show for the whole family

by Jennifer Donovan

Stomp on Broadway -- a great family show

I recently took my 6-year-old son to see Stomp on Broadway (it does tour the US so check the calendar to see if it’s coming to a city near you). A friend and her 6-year-old joined us.

From the opening shuffle of the broom, the boys were transfixed. They stared, smiled, and leaned forward in their seats. My friend and I were pretty impressed too. The show is about an hour and forty-five minutes long, with no intermission. There is no dialogue, but it’s amazing that each dancer assumes a certain personality throughout the show.

I had thought that it was a sort of dance show, but it’s really more performance art than dance. These performers make music by stomping (of course), flicking poles and matchboxes, lighting lighters, rumpling paper bags and newspapers, and more.

The variety of what they did kept the show moving right along. I was captivated the whole time.

A note about content: It is loud. Very loud. We were on the fourth row, and there were times that my son covered his ears. He wasn’t uncomfortable and didn’t want to leave, but he did think that it was a little loud at times. Also, if you sit towards the front, there is some dust stirred up at the beginning of the show when they are using the brooms. If you had dust allergies, I would suggest sitting further back. The Orpheum Theater where it shows in New York City is small, so I think that any seat would be an excellent one.

It’s a great show for the whole family. The theater was filled with people of all ages (mostly under 50, as opposed to some shows where the majority is over 50) — college students, young adults, couples, and families with young kids like mine up to teenagers.

Check out stomponline for some great pictures and video from the show.

Events make a great holiday gift. You get family time, and you don’t have to figure out what to buy each kid, making sure you spend the exact same amount on each person. Perhaps you could buy tickets for your parents (who ever knows what to get for them?) as their gift too.

We have a special deal to pass on to you:For performances November 2 – December 19, use Discount code MOMS and get tickets for only $39 (regularly $73.50) for shows Tuesday-Friday at 8pm or Saturday and Sunday at 3pm.

Click here for tickets:

In addition to this great deal available to everyone, I am happy to offer up a family four-pack of tickets to one of you. If you can get into New York City between now and December 19, and would like to take advantage, please leave a comment to win. We’ll do a quick turnaround to give you more time to use your tickets. We’ll announce a winner on Monday 11/15. Tickets are valid on Tuesday at 8:00PM, Thursday at 8:00PM, Sunday at 3:00PM, November 2nd – December 19, 2010. Not Valid: November 25-28.

For more information on the show, go to

Please spread the word to those you know who are in the NYC area.

Disclosure: I received 4 complimentary tickets to the show, but my enthusiastic response is completely my own.

Email Author    |    Website About Jennifer Donovan

Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Kate November 8, 2010 at 3:45 pm

I’d love to win those tickets! The show soulds like a lot of fun.


2 chyk November 8, 2010 at 4:03 pm

my kids would love this


3 Christine Jensen November 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm

I do not live near NYC, but my niece is going to school in the area, and I am pretty certain she could get there to see the show! It is totally something she would LOVE


4 Cindy November 8, 2010 at 7:41 pm

We’ve been wanting to see this show-it looks like so much fun!


5 Jen November 8, 2010 at 7:45 pm

I’d love to win this for my sister and her family that just moved to NYC.


6 Andrea O. November 8, 2010 at 8:02 pm

I will be in the area the week after Thanksgiving. This would be a great show to see with friends!


7 Loralee November 8, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Going to be there the first week of Dec. This would be RAD to win. :) xo


8 Anna Sandler November 8, 2010 at 8:03 pm

would love to see stomp with my kids! thanks for the chance!


9 Jocelyn November 8, 2010 at 8:11 pm

What a great idea! Would LOVE to win these tickets!


10 Brianne November 8, 2010 at 9:13 pm

We are moving this weekend back to North Jersey and will definitely be in the area!! We will all love to go! Thanks!!


11 Casey November 8, 2010 at 10:25 pm

I have been wanting to see this for quite some time. Money is very tight right now, so luxuries like this are not happening anymore. Would love to win this for a date night with hubby!


12 Bethany November 8, 2010 at 11:28 pm

I would love to see this! I think my two older daughters would love it!!


13 Donna November 9, 2010 at 7:53 am

Saw a preview for them this weekend in NYC, would be great.


14 Carmen November 9, 2010 at 9:27 am

I LOVE Stomp! I saw the show years back when I lived in D.C. It was so much fun!


15 Kathy November 10, 2010 at 1:07 am

I would so love to win those tickets! Haven’t been to NYC in quite awhile, and really, really miss it. This would be such an amazing treat!


16 Monica November 10, 2010 at 10:50 am

We only live a few hours away from the city so getting there is no problem at all! We have four kids, so exposing them to any type of production is a VERY costly event. I’ve heard so many great reviews about STOMP I just know the kids would love it! Making a Sunday day trip of this would be wonderful!!


17 Brandy November 10, 2010 at 11:46 am

only a hour away, this would be fun. Just need to get extra ticket if i win for son.


18 cindy November 10, 2010 at 2:45 pm

i would love to win tickets to this!!!


19 Aleyta Meldrum November 12, 2010 at 8:29 pm

How fun would this be for the WHOLE family?! Awesome!


20 Aleyta November 12, 2010 at 8:30 pm

I subscribe to the RSS feed :)


21 Aleyta Meldrum November 12, 2010 at 8:30 pm

I’m a FB fan!


22 Self Sagacity November 13, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Too loud is what I am always worried about, but good to know about the show.


23 Debra Morgan November 15, 2010 at 2:27 pm

My grandson is 7 and he would love to see this show. He has watched a show on tv, but this would just make his day and mine too. Thanks!


24 Ali November 15, 2010 at 2:28 pm

My nephew would love this. He loves loud things, so he would be in the right place. It would make me so happy to give him tickets to go see it live. Thank you


25 Debby November 15, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Have always wanted to see this live. I could take my grandson and we could make a memory that he would never forget!


26 se7en November 15, 2010 at 3:47 pm

I so don’t want to win anything – we live on the far side of the world!!! But my kids went with their dad last year and they loved it!!! Totally interactive… I have one sensory sensitive kid and thought he would never handle… and he was given plenty of chance to leave… but he loved it… yes it is loud but it is rhythm and they move with it. Anyway I just want to share… Totally Awesome Show!!!


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