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'Stomp' Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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The non-verbal off-broadway show "Stomp" celebrated its 20th anniversary on Thursday. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.

You wouldn't want to walk a mile in the shoes of the "Stomp" performers, or in the case of NY1's Stephanie Simon she just couldn't. Not even an inch. It's tough work being part of the non-verbal percussion show.

"You kind of get used to it, but you still get the ouches and the oo's and the sore back and the sore hands, you know, it's a lot of wear and tear on the body but it's a very aerobic show, it keeps you in shape," says Fritzlyn Hector, one of the performers.

"Stomp" was started in the UK by two street performers, Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas. They wanted to bring drumming to the forefront without carrying a drum kit around, so they used everyday objects instead.

In 1994 it came to New York and really exploded at the Orpheum Theater. It won two awards the year it opened – the Obie and Drama Desk.

The choreography has been updated many times since, so it still feels fresh to the audience and the performers.

"My background is drumming, so discovering all of these pots and pans and trash cans, you know, trash just to play on, it was like one man’s trash is another man's treasure. So what we look at and play with everyday that we have in our homes, I come here and they become musical instruments," says John Angeles, one of the performers.

They make it look so fun and so easy, so NY1's Stephanie Simon tried out the brooms, which were more exciting than actually sweeping, but also much harder.

Stomp continues its upbeat celebration at the Orpheum Theater and in touring shows around the world.

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