One of the best things about having my flight home from Las Vegas canceled at Christmas was having the opportunity to see another show while I was in town. Even better was that the show was Human Nature. Human Nature gets rave reviews from everyone who has seen it. The guys were named Best Singers on the Strip by the Las Vegas Review Journal. Mayor Oscar Goodman even named May 11, 2010 “Human Nature Day.” I was excited to see what all the fuss was about.
The show is located in the Imperial Palace, upstairs in the third floor showroom (now known as The Human Nature Theater). At a little past 7, I followed some other show-goers up the escalators. I walked in the door of the theater with my ticket in my hand, ready to find my seat, and took a look around. I could have kicked myself. This is what happens when you don’t do your research. What did I see that caused me to want to bolt?
Tables. Lots of them. It seems this showroom still uses table seating. As a solo traveler and an introvert, there is nothing more excruciatingly painful to me than being seated at a table with complete strangers. Still, there was nothing I could do about it at that point, so I took my seat.
Within ten minutes all the other seats at the table filled up, except for one. Would you believe the six other people at my table all knew each other? They were friends. Fun, right? Except for me. Awkward doesn’t begin to describe it. They were perfectly polite to me, but I could never quite shake the feeling that I was an intruder at their table.
But you know what? All the awkwardness and discomfort disappeared as soon as the show started. When Human Nature–Toby Allen, Phil Burton, and brothers Andrew and Mike Tierney–take the stage, all clean-cut and sharply-dressed in suits like the Motown singers of yesteryear, no one is paying attention to anything else, except perhaps the cocktail waitresses who are still delivering drinks.
Can four white guys from Australia capture the magic of Motown? Yes, they certainly can. Their vocal harmonies, their showmanship, their choice of songs and down-to-earth likability work together seamlessly to keep the audience enthralled. These four young men are fluid with the synchronized Motown moves and bring a vibrant energy to the stage while singing well-known hits like My Girl, Get Ready, Baby, I Need Your Lovin’, Reach Out I’ll Be There, and Stop! In the Name of Love (yes, they even sing girl songs). They’re also skilled at audience participation: They managed to get us all up on our feet doing call-and-response singing and learning some Motown dance moves.
In addition to the singing and dancing, they displayed their sense of humor during a video interlude and told us a bit of their backstory–about how they got started singing together as boys back in Australia. It’s a little startling to realize that these four boyish-looking men are older than they look: They have been a professional singing group since 1996. (That’s right; they were a hit boy band in Australia at the same time groups like the Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync were going strong here in the US.)
In short, they charmed the socks off the audience, including me. Human Nature has a feel-good style that is truly infectious, and while Motown was not a Vegas invention, it fits in here quite well. I dare you to walk out of this theater without a smile on your face and one of their songs stuck in your head.
Here’s a taste of what to expect from the show, from HumanNatureVEVO:
The guys will be performing at the Imperial Palace through 2012, so you have plenty of time to make it to Vegas to catch this show.
Where: Imperial Palace, 3rd floor showroom
When: Nightly (except Friday) at 7:30pm
Tickets: Can be purchased at the Imperial Palace website for $49.95-$59.95 (plus taxes and fees). Or you can try to get a discount ticket at one of the Tix4Tonight booths.
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