Cast member Brad Holland answers our questions about the city Stomp has called home for 20 years.
It’s the holidays and New York is packed with visitors from all over the world who come here to have uniquely “New York “ experiences, like seeing Stomp at The Orpheum. Stomp, the international sensation, is celebrating its 20th anniversary in New York City this year.
What do you think is the allure of New York?
New York is known as a tough place. The way it is portrayed in movies makes it out to be a VERY tough place. The truth is that NYC and its residents have a lot of heart and passion. If you don’t sell an amazing sandwich, your sandwich shop will close. If you can’t provide excellent service, your business will fail. If you don’t put on an awesome show, your show will close. Thankfully I get to be a part of an awesome show filled with talented and passionate performers.
What does “making it” in New York mean to you?
Getting to the point where I no longer felt like a tourist. Also, walking into a historic theater every night and having New Yorkers and visitors from around the globe standing on their feet to applaud our performance. There’s not much better than that.
What makes Stomp a part of the New York cultural landscape?
New York has a lot of locals but it is also heavily made up of folks like me that have come here with a dream. Each cast member comes from another state, another continent, or from Brooklyn. Stomp excels by having diversity, which is also why New York excels. Everyone brings their talent to the table and we all grow together. Appreciating, respecting, and learning about those around us makes us all better Stompers and New Yorkers.