Photo Coverage: Drumstruck Hits Dodger Stages
Photos by Kerry Long
DRUMSTRUCK, the world's first interactive drum-theatre experience, direct from sold-out engagements in Johannesburg, South Africa and Sydney, Australia began preview performances on May 12, 2005. BroadwayWorld stopped by the theatre to catch the cast in action! DRUMSTRUCK is produced off-Broadway by Drum Café, Dodger Theatricals, and Visual Spirit in association with Globility Inc. The design team for DRUMSTRUCK is comprised of Neil Patel (Sets), Jeff Croiter (Lighting), and Tom Morse (Sound).
DRUMSTRUCK provides a 2-foot-tall drum on every seat - and the entire audience gets the chance to make music together. Featuring 11 South and West African percussionists, they start the show with a pulse-racing bang: song, dance and eye blurring drum performances. Then they lead the audience in an exhilarating experience of exuberant African drumming.
DRUMSTRUCK is the brainchild of drum enthusiast Warren Lieberman, who started the phenomenon in 1997 by inviting strangers into his Lieberman Drum Cafe in Johannesburg to join him in beating a drum. The fascination took hold and soon he couldn't contain the crowds. Lieberman's Drum Cafe has provided 25,000 drums for a drum circle at a South African rugby match, and audience members have included Nelson Mandela, Queen Elizabeth and President George W. Bush. For more information, check out the web site for DRUMSTRUCK at http://www.drumstruckny.com