Steve McNicholas
December 04, 2017 10:57 AM

One of New York City’s most iconic institutions is hitting a major milestone.

On Tuesday, the inventive and invigorating global stage show STOMP celebrates 10,000 performances at the Orpheum Theatre.

The show — which was created in 1991 by Steve McNicholas and Luke Cresswell in England and which opened in the Big Apple in 1994 — features a group of musicians and dancers using ordinary opjects like garbage cans, brooms, matchboxes, Zippo lighters and more to fill the stage with electrifying rhythms and energizing beats.

Over those 10,000 performances, the New York production of STOMP has blown through thousands of its very specific props. Just look at these numbers:

  • 38,400 matchboxes of Swan Vesta brand “strike anywhere” matches (soaked in salt water to remove the sulfur from the tips so they don’t ignite during the show).
  • 19,000 wood-handled brooms (glued, coated with marine epoxy, and covered with nylon strapping tape).
  • 5,900 metal trash bins (three varieties of bins are used in the show — two imported from the UK, the third manufactured in the U.S.).
  • 2,100 sheets of Masonite
  • 600 wooden poles
  • 400 Zippo lighters
  • 320 50-gallon oil drums
  • 75 pairs of ski boots
  • 48 head lamps
  • 20 shopping carts (imported from the UK, because they have “smart wheels” and can rotate 360 degrees)
  • 14 inner tubes

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For those in New York City, STOMP is celebrating their milestone with $10 tickets for Tuesday’s performance (through a TodayTix lottery). There are also companies of STOMP touring the world.

Over the years, international engagements have included Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, South Africa, Israel, Palestine, Brazil, Argentina, Italy, Germany, Poland, Bahrain, and The Acropolis in Athens, Greece.

For tickets and more information, visit STOMP’s official site.

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