As we are here for 18 days we decided to take in a few shows and after reading many reviews we found that Human Nature – The Ultimate Celebration of the Motown Sound” is rated the #1 singing show in Vegas.
This show is presented by the legendary Smokey Robinson.
For anyone who is not familiar with Human Nature, the group comprises 4 young men from Australia who first got together while they were still at school in Sydney as “The 4 Trax”, and the members of the group are brothers Andrew and Michael Tierney, Toby Allen and Phil Burton. They represented their high school (Hurstone Agricultureal High) in a local concert and after a time of busking they went on to compete in talent quests where they won every one that they entered.
This led to them building up a following around local Sydney venues. The story goes that they were signed on the spot to Sony Music Australia after walking into the office of Sony Ceo Denis Handlin and performing an a cappella version of “People Get Ready”. The name of the group was changed to ‘Human Nature” and the rest is history.
We received a discount book when we signed up for the Total Rewards program which gave us discounted tickets for $76.95 each. this was effectively 2 for 1 tickets, so a huge discount. But we would have been more than happy to pay full price because this show is definitely value for money.
Our seats were about a meter from the stage. We found the seating arrangement to be rather odd as it consists of rows of tables running longways away from the stage, an aisle for guests and the cocktail waitresses to walk down, and then a row of curved booths, more tables and more booths. Each table seats 6 people on either side. We haven’t been in a theatre with this seating arrangement before and so we were expecting the usual arrangement of rows of seats. However it soon becomes clear as to why this set up works. We are lucky to be facing towards the stage, the people on the other side of the table had to turn their seats around so that they can see the performers.
From the moment the Human Nature burst onto the stage to the final curtain, they keep the audience totally engaged. What a fantastic high energy show. No long pauses for costume changes here. The singing is brilliant and when the boys sing the acapella number that they sang for Denis Handlin of Sony Music, you see why he signed them on.
One of the things that really struck me was how genuinely blessed they appear to feel about to be where they are today. These four young men from Australia not only have their own show in Las Vegas but also their own theatre in the Imperial Palace. They have a string of hit records and have had the opportunity to meet and sing with other amazingly talented people over the years.
This is a very polished act and the boys totally engage the audience, we are encouraged to sing along with some of the songs and to get up and dance. During the course of the show the guys bound along the tables, as everyone grabs their drinks out of the way. They are so close that you can touch them.
After the show is over and the tumultuous applause has died down, the guys head out to the ticket booth for a meet and greet. They are quite happy to chat with their fans and sign copies of their program and cd’s. Even this is a polished performance as the first in line, in this case it was Phil, smiles and accepts the object to be signed and then passes it onto the next in line until you pass along to the end to accept your item, completed with all four signatures. This gives fans the opportunity to let the group know how much they enjoyed the show and what a polished performance it was.
Human nature is a dynamic engaging show and one not to be missed. The boys from Australia certainly deserve to be rated the no. 1 singing show in Vegas.