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Cary Lamb Jr. ‘Stomp’ Made His Way On His Favorite Show | Music

From December 28 to January 2, the Merriam Theater will vibrate to the sound of strange music.

That’s when an eight-member troupe will take to the stage, using unconventional percussion instruments – matches, wooden poles, brooms, trash cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps and more – to fill the theater with musical flair. unique in a show called “Knock.

This unusual show, known for its inventive rhythmic styles, high intensity and energy, was conceived in Brighton, UK in 1991. It was then that Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas decided to create something a little “different”. So different, in fact, that it’s safe to say that after seeing the show, members of the public will never look at caddies or plumbing fixtures the same way again.

“It’s probably safe to say that after seeing the show, the audience goes home, looks around the house and thinks if we could play these ‘instruments’, so can they,” Cary Lamb said. , Jr., one of the star members who appears in the making.

Lamb says he first saw the show when he was eight years old. “I was completely amazed at what I saw on stage. I fell in love with the whole experience and wondered if I could do it too. So in 2017 I decided to audition for a role, and when I went to audition I remembered seeing some of the same faces that I had seen on stage for the very first time.

A native of Long Island, New York, Lamb attended Stonybrook University where he majored in the performing arts, while studying percussion movement and rhythms. He has danced for the New York Mets, the Brooklyn Nets and at the Apollo Theater.

And while there is no dialogue in “Stomp,” Lamb plays Particle Man, a warrior with endurance and a keen eye for detail. “About 70 percent of the show is predetermined, but about 30 percent gives us the freedom to improvise as we go. I think that makes everyone happy – the performers and the audience too,” he insists. he.

“My role is basically the spoils of the show,” Lamb continues. “Everyone has their job, but I’m really there to fill in whenever there’s a space. It gives me the freedom to do whatever I want with this space. For example, if everyone is moving left, I can move right and do a flip, wheel, or whatever I want to do.

Stomp’s success is evident, marked by rave reviews, numerous awards and sold-out engagements. “Stomp” is the winner of an Olivier Award for Best Choreography (London Tony Award), a New York Obie Award, a Drama Desk Award for a Unique Theatrical Experience and a Special Mention for Best Plays.

In addition to performing on stage, “Stomp” received one Oscar nomination, four Emmy nominations, an Emmy Award for their acclaimed HBO special “Stomp Out Loud”, as well as numerous television appearances and a series of international commercials. award-winning. .

For his future, Lamb admits he would love to be onscreen someday. He says he enjoys being on stage but is considering what opportunities might be available to him later in his career.

“But for now, I’m very happy to be a part of ‘Stomp.’ Working with the people on the show is amazing, especially when everyone’s giving their all. That’s what I love the most about “This show. It’s each pulling their own weight while helping each other. Every night we go out and do our best.”

For tickets, call 215-893-1999.