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.

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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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