Off-Broadway Review: 'Voca People' is a Wildly Entertaining Blend of Sci-Fi and Show Biz
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The self-produced clips are tucked among a banquet of Voca People videos. And while you're scrolling through cyberspace, be sure to check out the Voca's website for background, videos, photos, and downloadable ring tones.
Still, nothing measures up to a close encounter of the harmonic/family-fabulous kind, and Voca People is clearly a show that has its generational appeal down pat. Thursday shows start at 7pm. "And even on school nights, an 8pm curtain works out pretty well, since the show is only 90 minutes with no intermission," says Price.
Beat On, spaceship commander
Musical abilities: bestows exact timing; can simulate any percussion instrument in the Galactical Book of Music
Tubas, head bass/ship chef
Musical abilities: tuba, bass guitar, acoustic bass, bagpipes; certified as possessing the lowest voice in the southern hemisphere
Musical abilities: mezzo singer, percussions, guitars, violin (revered earth musician: Marilyn Monroe singing happy birthday to the president)
Tenoro, head technician/operator of spaceship's musical energy charger
Musical abilities: tenor singer, guitars, percussions, saxophone, bagpipes
Scratcher, head translator/deputy captain
Musical abilities: drums, percussions, sound effects, and exceptional scratching ability
Alta, galactical biologist
Musical abilities: alt singer, guitars, violins; her ability to hold a tone is among the most impressive in musical history
Bari-Tone, company fitness trainer/expert in musical and psychological warfare.
Musical abilities: Baritone singer, guitars, percussion, saxophone, bagpipes
Soprana, spaceship doctor
Musical abilities: mezzo soprano singer, percussion, guitars, trumpets, bagpipes, violin, imitating courtship sounds of Mars' Gumguman dwarf elephants
All the Details
Where: The Westside Theatre, 407 W. 43rd Street
When: Monday-Tuesday at 8pm; Thursday at 7pm; Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 3pm and 9pm; Sunday at 2pm and 7pm
Who: Little kids, middle kids, teens, and adults; nothing scary, tons of awesome
Special "Kids Go Free" Ticket Offer: If you visit www.vocapeoplenyc.com/buy-tickets/special-offers you'll hit the jackpot, and I quote: Kids (under 12 only) get in for free; tickets are $39.75 each (one $79 ticket and one free ticket); now through October 30 only.
Party Package: September through Thanksgiving, Voca People is promoting a special Celebrate your Child's Birthday at Voca People Party Package. Bring a group of eight or more for the special discount party price. Includes a special on-stage appearance during the show and a special vanilla-ice cream-and-white frosting Voca-style cake -- and, of course, your star-for-the-day will be serenaded with "Happy Birthday" by the Vocas themselves.
Intergalactic Halloween: The Vocas have signed on to take part in the 39th Annual Village Halloween Parade on Monday, October 31 and will be appearing along the route. They've also partnered with the annual Nightmare Haunted House, currently running through November 5.
And be sure to check the Voca People website for music video parodies of classic Halloween songs. Bound to turn into major YouTube attractions, these videos feature Vocas learning the ins and outs of trick-or-treating in NYC, shopping for costumes, and more. Another seasonal must-see on the website is a gallery of photos showing the aliens posing with such traditional Halloween props as broomsticks, witch hats, pitchforks, and jack-o-lanterns.