Wednesday, July 20, 2011
I had the delightful honor of seeing the most innovative, exhilarating musical comedies of all time! This past weekend my son and I went to see the new 90-minute musical, the Voca People, now playing at The Westside Theatre. This highly talented octet, singing a cappella, brought an amazing show to everyone in the audience literally to their feet!
The Voca People are a fun loving group of aliens newly arrived from the planet Voca. The Voca People realize they are visiting the planet Earth, in the heart of New York City. While frightened by the appearance of humans at first, they overcome their fear and realize they can communicate with the audience through the English language, specifically through singing. They even poke fun at a few unsuspecting audience members!
The Voca People seamlessly interact with the audience either by having them come up to the stage, bringing them on stage, or in my son’s case, asking him to assist one of the Voca People by holding the microphone for her! He was thrilled!
My son sang along to the song,“The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” He was laughing his head off when the audience was requested to sing, “Do-Re-Mi.” He especially enjoyed a musical clip of, “Who Let the Dogs Out” and “Move It, Move It.” His favorite part, however, was when the duo of Voca Scratcher and Voca Beat-On did their own skit of Urban and Hip Hop music that he was familiar with! My son was in such awe!
This new inter-galactic phenomenon is unlike any other musical I’ve ever seen. The Amazing vocal sounds, a cappella singing, with the artistic enhancement of beat box, created an unbelievable range of sounds and vocal “instruments.” The Vocas believe that music is the source of life that brings harmony, joy and ultimately refueling of their ship, to make their way home. The show demonstrated over 70 songs, which left the audience giving the cast a standing ovation at the end!
Voca People was created by Lior Kalfo, and Shai Fishman and produced by Doron Lida, Revital Kalfo, Leeorna Solomons and Eva Price.
Cast members include: Ryan Alexander, Mercer Boffey, Laura Dadap, Emily Drennan, Tiago Grade, Chelsey Keding, Jermaine Miles, Christine Paterson, Gavriel Savit and Jonathan Shew.
The Voca People is now playing at The Westside Theatre. Tickets range from $25 - $79.50 with premium seating available. The schedule is as follows:
Monday and Tuesday at 8 pm
(Wednesdays are excluded)
Thursday at 7 pm
Friday at 8 pm
Saturday at 3 pm and 9 pm
Sunday at 2 pm and 7 pm
If you want to see a show that will have you clapping along, snapping your fingers, and even singing out loud to vocal “fireworks,” go see Voca People! It is unforgettable!