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Time to STOMP

Percussion sensation heads for Robinson.

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CLEAN SWEEP: Stomp dancers use brooms and more.
  • CLEAN SWEEP: Stomp dancers use brooms and more.
Londoner Lorraine Le-Blanc comes from a dance background, but until she landed a part in the London production of the percussion-meets-dance “Stomp” in 1997, she had “never picked up any [drum] sticks.” Now, she’s adept in five of the show’s eight roles and is the rehearsal director of the national tour group bringing “Stomp” to Robinson Center Music Hall Tuesday through Thursday, Nov. 30-Dec. 2. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. “Bring the whole family,” she says. “It’s going to be an hour and a half or two hours of a unique experience. You’ll never see anything like it, and you’ll leave happy.” Sell-out crowds have been leaving the Orpheum Theatre in New York ecstatic for 10 years now after seeing “Stomp,” and the show has a Boston company (where Le-Blanc worked 10 months when she first came stateside after touring Europe for three years) and two European companies along with this U.S. tour group. The 34-year-old Le-Blanc took some time off from “Stomp” before returning to join the U.S. shows. She’s worked in TV, film, in several shows in London’s West End (“Sammy,” “The Cotton Club”), taught at a performing arts college, and done music videos. For those who have missed the live show or its many appearances on TV (or even the kids’ video with Elmo and the Sesame Street gang, “Let’s Make Music”), “Stomp” is “unconventional percussion,” Le-Blanc says. “We use brooms, trashcans, plungers and kitchen sinks, bags and newspapers, whatever we can find.“ She had never heard of “Stomp” before a friend suggested she audition for the London company in 1997. “The training period was daunting, but obviously I worked on it. It only took five years to get it down.” Tickets are $18 to $38 and available through Ticketmaster (975-7575) or Celebrity Attractions (244-8800).

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