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July 6, 2016…Laguna Beach, CA… Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham is thrilled to announce ROCKAPELLA with their latest show HITS LIKE YOU NEVER HEARD. Comments Wareham, “I’ve been looking for an opportunity to bring these guys to Laguna Playhouse ever since I arrived. Summer in Laguna Beach is the perfect time. They’ve been called ‘Impressive’ and ‘Pure Entertainment’. I call them ‘Perfection!’”. As fathers of the modern a cappella sound, ROCKAPELLA has long been known for groundbreaking original music, and inventive takes on familiar favorites. Now they’ve created an entire show of classic, massive hits from Elvis, Macklemore, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Pharrell Williams, The Temptations, Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash, Earth Wind & Fire, Prince, Sam Cooke, and many more. ROCKAPELLA – HITS LIKE YOU NEVER HEARD will begin performances on Wednesday, August 10 and will run through Sunday, August 28, 2016 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.
“There’s nothing in the way between us and the audience. It’s human music; exciting and organic, with nothing missing,” says ROCKAPELLA’S beatboxer Jeff Thacher. “No instruments, no tracks, no mirrors. We make it rock and make it interesting,” explains Scott Leonard, the group’s chief songwriter, arranger and an architect of their ever-evolving and imitated dynamic sound.
USA Today summed up the lasting appeal like this: “The best musical instrument of all is the human voice – if you’ve seen ROCKAPELLA you know that’s the truth.”
Since the early ’90’s when they first achieved national television fame on PBS’s “Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?,” ROCKAPELLA has toured the globe and provided a funky powerful soundtrack to several generations of vocal music fans, while keeping it all fresh along the way. “Often imitated – never duplicated” applies here. With buckets of catchy original pop songs, and complete contemporary revisions of sparkling Motown, pop, and soul classics, this group has always been the one to watch. Now they’re better than ever!
As one of the progenitors of the astonishing full-band sound of “contemporary” a cappella, ROCKAPELLA has shown audiences around the world the raw power of pure vocal talent and originality.
“People have a hard time believing it’s just us making all of that music. It’s still those same elements that make modern band music: percussion, bass, melody and harmonies,” says Scott. “Our success is in the art of it – it’s not what you do, but how you do it!” adds Jeff. And ROCKAPELLA has indeed proven that forming original pop & soul magic onstage is what sets them apart.
SCHEDULE AND PRICING
ROCKAPELLA will open on Wednesday, August 10 at 7:30pm and will run through Sunday, August 28, 2016 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.
Performances will be Wednesdays through Fridays at 7:30pm; Saturdays at 2pm & 7:30pm; Sundays at 1pm.
Tickets range from $50 – $60 and can be purchased online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787). Group discounts are available by calling 949-497-2787 ext. 229.
The box office is open Mondays – Saturdays: 12p.m. to 5 p.m. (open until showtime on performance days); Sundays: 11a.m. – 4p.m.
For more information on all shows and programming visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com. LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.
Laguna Playhouse is your “go to” for a great night out – be it plays, musicals, concerts, dance, stand-up comedy, author panels, family entertainment and more. No matter what your entertainment taste, with over 300 performances a year, we’re what’s going on! Founded in 1920, the Laguna Playhouse is one of the oldest continuously-operating not-for-profit theatres on the West Coast and is noted for its artistic excellence, wide-ranging performing arts programming, award-winning youth education offerings and community partnerships. A member of the League of Resident Theatres, the Laguna Playhouse is also home to the annual Laguna Dance Festival, the Laguna Beach Music Festival and the Laguna Beach Concert Band. The Laguna Playhouse has been recognized for excellence by the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce, LA Drama Critics Circle, OC Weekly and more. Because of its longstanding commitment to the arts, The Laguna Playhouse has been recognized for excellence by the LA Drama Critics Circle, NAACP, Backstage, ArtsOC, OC Weekly, Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce and more. Laguna Playhouse’s educational programming, which includes classes, productions by and for children and teens (Youth Theatre) and a school tour, has been honored by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, Arts Orange County and the Orange County Department of Education.
Serving more than 80,000 patrons each season, the Laguna Playhouse has featured many talented performers on stage, including Leslie Caron, Val Kilmer, Ed Asner, Hershey Felder, Linda Purl, Davis Gaines, Donna McKechnie, Rita Rudner, violinist Joshua Bell, Lee Rocker, ballerina Misty Copeland, Harrison Ford, and Bette Davis.
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