The theatrical event, which combines vocal sounds, a capella singing, comedy and the art of beat box, officially opened at the Westside Theatre July 12, 2011, following previews that began June 23, 2011. The production played its last performance there Jan. 8, and resumed performances Feb. 16 at New World Stages.
Created by Lior Kalfo and Shai Fishman, Voca People was produced by Doron Lida, Revital Kalfo, Leeorna Solomons and Eva Price.
The closing company includes Omer Shaish, Jacob Schneider, Christopher David Lukos, Mark Martin, Tiago Grade, Chelsey Keding, Emily Drennan, Adi Kozlovsky, Bryant Vance and Christine Paterson, who make up the group of "snow-white ruby-lipped aliens."
The Voca People, according to press notes, "believe music is the source of life that brings harmony, joy and refueling. A performance bursts with over 70 well known songs that create vocal 'fireworks' and leave audiences clapping along and snapping their fingers. Voca People is the musical theater event that bridges languages, cultures, and planets."
The musical has played sold-out tours through Europe, South America and the Middle East. The Off-Broadway production marked the first time Voca People have sung in America. The original cast recording of Voca People is available at the theatre.
Voca People featured direction and choreography by Kalfo with musical direction and arrangements by Fishman. The creative team also included lighting designer Roy Milo, sound designer Naor Ben Meir and costume designer Hana Yefet.
New World Stages is located at 340 W. 50th Street. For information and tickets, visit www.VocaPeopleNYC.com.