In those shiny gray suits with black lapels that make you muse if they are polyester or silk — the musicians of the Doo Wop Project crooned a parade of oldies but goldies. Cherie, Rose Marie, I Wonder Why, Tears of a Clown, Oh What A Night, Gloria, and more.
With not one but TWO singers able to do those contra tenor high note leaps, and a magnetic bass-baritone to anchor the sound (often while showing his gymnast like dance moves)—they came off like the ultimate Las Vegas Lounge tribute band for the sounds born under the corner street lamps.
The group has actually shared the mic and moves quite a few times, we learned. These are Broadway talents, whose earlier collaborations included Jersey Boys, Motown the Musical, and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. They now call themselves the Doo Wop Project to reflect their experimentation with inserting the doo wop harmonies, rhythms and feel into more contemporary songs, from country to indie rock.
Doo Wop Project Strives for Zoom-Age Intimacy
While they performed emoticons of clapping hands and hearts bubbled up on the screen from below. Periodically one or another musician would bend down to read the ongoing chat conversation, doing shout outs to their cousins in the crowd. We were invited to go to a different zoom channel to join the dance party—an invitation declined by this particular reviewer.
Those old enough to have lived through Doo Wop’s first days will likely find much to savor here, and then be inspired for more Doo Wop diving on YouTube. For those of us who came of age after Doo Wop’s prime time, this format might not allow the kind of latch these talented musicians would likely inspire in the flesh. It’s certainly gratifying to see them at work through during these challenging times. BRAVO! We’ll get another chance when they do their next holiday-themed performance.
Bookmark the Doo Wop Project website to keep track of upcoming performances.
Images Courtesy of the Doo Wop Project
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Amy Munice is Editor-in-Chief and Co-Publisher of Picture This Post. She covers books, dance, film, theater, music, museums and travel. Prior to founding Picture This Post, Amy was a freelance writer and global PR specialist for decades—writing and ghostwriting thousands of articles and promotional communications on a wide range of technical and not-so-technical topics.
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