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VOCA PEOPLE Welcomes "Police Academy's" MICHAEL WINSLOW…the Man of 10,000 Voices…May 9-17…Also Introduces Voca Zone Seats

VOCA PEOPLE

THE HIT MUSICAL
WELCOMES POLICE ACADEMY'S
MICHAEL WINSLOW
THE "MAN OF "10,000 SOUND EFFECTS"
FOR 5 SELECT PERFORMANCES ONLY MAY 9 - 17
NEW WORLD STAGES, 340 WEST 50TH STREET

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TO CELEBATE, VOCA PEOPLE ALSO ANNOUNCES A NEW AND EXCITING FAN EXPERIENCE – VOCA ZONE SEATS

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VOCA PEOPLE TO RECEIVE THE LUCILLE LORTEL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE

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VOCA PEOPLE (www.VocaPeopleNYC.com), the hit musical, will welcome "Police Academy" star and "the man of 10,000 sound effects" Michael Winslow as he joins the Voca People for five select performances only, May 9 - 20 at New World Stages (340 W. 50th Street). Mr. Winslow will be performing: May 9th at 7pm, May 13th at 5:30pm, May 14th at 8pm, May 16th at 7pm and May 17th at 7pm.

{module ad_left_body}Winslow blasts into this out-of-this-world musical, which combines vocal sounds, a-cappella singing, comedy and the art of beat box into an evening that is truly "impressive" (New Yorker).

"I am very excited to perform with the VOCA PEOPLE on their musical quest to refuel their spaceship," said Michael Winslow. "I have been a fan of the show since seeing these aliens on YouTube, and I can't wait to unite with them on stage."

To celebrate Michael Winslow joining the show, VOCA PEOPLE announces VOCA ZONE SEATS, for the fans who want to be part of the action. Admit it—you've always secretly wished that a spaceship full of friendly aliens would come and serenade you with choral renditions of "Bohemian Rhapsody" and the theme from "Mission Impossible." We all have, at one time or another.

Well now your wishes can finally come true, with VOCA PEOPLE…

VOCA PEOPLE often pull audience members onstage during their performance, whether it's to participate in one of their musical games, or one of their interpersonal dramas, or both simultaneously. These specially selected tickets are YOUR opportunity to become part of the show. After months of observation, we've learned just which seats the Vocas tend to target, and we're offering them up to any brave and willing participants*. Naturally, you may need some liquid courage before The Vocas whisk you (or your confused theatergoing companion) onstage. That's why we've included a complimentary cocktail in the price of the ticket.

At the end of the evening, we'll send you home with a copy of the Voca People cast recording, to play for all your skeptical friends who don't believe in UFOs or Lady Gaga. That'll show 'em!

*Audience participation is not guaranteed.

Only 10 seats are available per performance. Voca Zone Experience tickets are priced at $89.50 each.

3 EASY WAYS TO GET TICKETS:

ONLINE: Go to broadwayoffers.com and use code VOCEXP

BY PHONE: call 212.947.8844, outside the tri-state area 800.872.8997, and mention code VOCEXP

IN PERSON: Go to New World Stages, 340 West 50rd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues) and mention Voca Zone Experience. Box office hours: 1:00pm – 7:00pm for advance sales.

In other news, VOCA PEOPLE just won The Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience. The Lucille Lortel Awards recognize excellence in New York Off-Broadway theatre and are produced by the League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers by special arrangement with the Lucille Lortel Foundation.

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VOCA PEOPLE have taken New York by surprise - and delight - with a completely original, thrilling musical adventure unlike anything you've experienced before. Performed by eight snow-white ruby-lipped aliens with perfect harmony, this international hit features over 70 a cappella and beat box versions of the songs the whole family will love, including favorites from Madonna, Queen and even Mozart. No instruments, no sound effects -just eight incredible talents breathing life into the greatest music on earth.

WOR Radio cheers "GREAT FUN! You'll love it," The Village Voice exclaims "Cirque Du Soleil Meets Manhattan Transfer!" and Broadway World applauds "You Can't Help But Marvel At Their Sheer Talent!"

Originally a YouTube sensation, VOCA PEOPLE has had intergalactic success with sold-out tours in Europe, South America, the Middle East, Mars and Uranus.

The original cast recording of VOCA PEOPLE is now available at the theater and fans can go to the show's website: www.VocaPeopleNYC.com to download two free songs.

The show is created and directed by Lior Kalfo with musical direction and arrangements by Shai Fishman. The show has sound design by Naor Ben Meir, lighting design by Roy Milo, and costume design by Hana Yefet.

The schedule for VOCA PEOPLE at New World Stages is as follows: Monday at 8pm, Wednesday at 7pm, Thursday at 7pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 5:30pm.

Ticket prices range from $30-$79.50 with premium seating available. All prices include $1.50 facility fee. Tickets are available through Telecharge at 212-239-6200 or at www.telecharge.com. Tickets are also available at The New World Stages box office at 340 W. 50th Street.

For more information, please visit: VocaPeopleNYC.com.

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Michael Winslow (bio)

Michael was born September 6, 1958 to Robert and Verdie Winslow, on Fairchild Air force Base with never a dull moment. After graduating High School and a short-lived stint at college, he had his first professional performance at a club in Boulder, Colorado named Tulagi's, where Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Tommy Bolin and other famous bands had played. He opened for a group called "Nova," an Italian Rock Fusion Band. He heard through the grapevine that the group was fans of Jimi Hendrix, so he portrayed him onstage. The ovation and the applause from the audience was overwhelming. From that moment on he knew his calling. He wanted to be an entertainer.

Mr. Michael packed his bags and hitchhiked to Venice Beach where he would be homeless for a short time. He auditioned for the "Gong Show" hosted by the infamous Chuck Barris where he won a whopping $516.32 that finally got him out of homelessness and allowed him to buy a vehicle. That vehicle took him to Los Angeles to all the local comedy clubs. At this point in time, Bud Friedman, believed in him and featured him in the famous "Evening at the Improv" (which we all known now as the Comedy Improve Clubs).

In 1984, he finally got his big chance when director Hugh Wilson and producer Paul Manslanski came to see him perform at Long Beach Theater where he was opening for Count Basie & his Orchestra. The pair immediately wrote him into the script of the unforgettable "Police Academy I through VII." The films were an instant success. He then went to play a part in Mel Brooks "Spaceballs". This film helped in furthering his spotlight as a unique comedian. Michael was also heard, but not seen, when he gave the voice to Stripe, the evil little creature, in another hit movie "Gremlins".

He also did voice-overs for Disney and Universal Studios in such rides as "Back to the Future and Terminator" Currently you can also hear him in the television hits "Robo Chicken and Family Guy" He can also be seen in "Geico" commercials. And in the spring of 2008 he graced the red carpet premiere of National Lampoon's "Robo Doc".

Michael, a master of vocal gymnastics, can imitate over 10,000 sound effects using his voice alone. Whether he is recreating the frenzy of Jimi Hendrix playing the guitar, or the roar of a jet plane, his talent is truly remarkable and his versatility admirable and enjoyable for all ages!