Plaza Hotel, January 1, 2013
Phat Pack infused a classic entertainment genre with modern, theatrical sensibility. Four experienced performers offered classic crooning of popular musical theatre fare.
The small theatre allowed the audience to experience these legendary singers (and musician) in an intimate setting. The
performance by each cast member was focused, genuine and lighthearted, and built friendly rapport with the audience. Impeccable group harmonies, varied vocal dynamics, resonant vocal tones, comedic playfulness and personal stories made the show exhilarating and compelling.
Audience reaction was positive; people clapped along to the upbeat songs, laughed and applauded generously, and fell into quiet awe during dramatic solos.
Gershwin, Sondheim, Cole Porter and other illustrious composers were on the rich Broadway-based bill.
The projected slides were used effectively for the most part, as adjuncts in story-telling or to display background patterns that supported the particular mood of a song. During the autobiographical segments, there were, at times, too many family-moment slides. Paring down the number of slides would help tighten up these scenes and reduce the distraction of so many slide changes.
The stage set-up was basic: black backdrop curtain, piano, stand-up bass and a few microphone stands. Props, choreography and staging were cute and cleverly used. The show would benefit from more visual changes, such as shirt or jacket changes (to ones with color) or progressing from tied to untied bowties. Backdrop changes would be very fitting.
“Phat Pack” has all the musicianship, content and talent one could wish for. Its irrepressible fun is bursting with personality and charm. A classic crooner format sweetened with musical theatre showstoppers and up-close contact with world-class talent makes this show one to share with family, friends and out-of-town visitors.
Audience: All Ages.