This Week's Off-Broadway Openings: June 20, 2011-June 26, 2011June 20, 2011 - by City Guide News Desk
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The Berenstain Bears LIVE! In Family Matters, the Musical - Everyone’s favorite bear family has finally arrived in New York with this new show set in Bear Country where life is not without complications: Papa Bear can’t stop eating junk food, Brother Bear’s grades are slipping and Sister Bear has a lot to learn about talking to strangers. Thankfully, Mama Bear and her loving patience helps to set things right. An entertaining and heartwarming new musical adapted from the classic children’s books by Stan and Jan Berenstain – and approved by the authors themselves!
Silence! The Musical - The Oscar-winning film The Silence of the Lambs has been turned into an “unauthorized musical parody” for the stage. Included in what was once a delicate symphony of suspense in which rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling matches wits with the brilliant but insane cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter to catch a serial killer known as Buffalo Bill, is a singing chorus of floppy eared lambs and Buffalo Bill performing a gleeful hoedown dance as he kidnaps the hapless Catherine Martin.
Voca People - An out-of-this-world musical event that combines vocal sounds, a capella singing, comedy and the art of beat box. Performed by eight snow-white ruby-lipped aliens with perfect harmony, there are no musical instruments, only vocals.
In the show, a spaceship from planet VOCA just crashed to Earth and the Voca People are making their entrance. They discovered that their spaceship's fuel - musical energy - is running on empty. Their mission: to musically refuel their spaceship by performing the music of Earthlings. Featuring over 70 well known songs that create vocal "fireworks" and leave audiences clapping along and snapping their fingers.