June 6, 2012
Voca People land in San Francisco
Lots of fun tonight at the San Francisco premiere of those intergalactic a cappella superstars The Voca People. It was my first time seeing them and the whole family had a good time. It was very entertaining and it was especially satisfying to see an a cappella group get the full theatrical treatment – great sound, great space, costumes, a script (sort of…) and of particular interest to me plenty of professional lighting. The Nylons, who came from a theater background, is the only a cappella group I have ever known who traveled with a lighting guy. The lighting for this show was pretty darn good.
Most all the a cappella chestnuts are included and the head occasionally spun at how fast some of the medleys whizzed by. The performers were all strong with solid voices and polished comedic skills and the “translator” Scratcher has some mighty impressive beatboxing abilities. The sound mix was a little patchy in places and some of the harmony did not quite mesh but it was opening night so I’m sure that will be settled soon.
There is plenty of audience involvement which is something I have always enjoyed and was frequently part of the new vaudeville shows I used to produce. I would watch shows night after night and no two were ever the same which helps keep things interesting. Breaking that fourth wall is always fun and it was a very willing audience tonight.
I can easily see why this show has been such a success in so many countries and I do recommend checking it out if ever you have the opportunity. The show runs thru June 17 at the Marines Memorial Theater in San Francisco.
Posted by acapnews at June 6, 2012 12:00 AM