What a wonderful surprise, awaited us at the show, ‘Gospel-icious. I never had an inkling of the stupendous musical talent that I was about to experience at Incanto’s Sunday bunch show. Never did I imagine, that this performance would be as good as a Broadway show, but it definitely was!
David Troy Francis is the musical wizard who produced ‘Gospel-icious’ and also accompanies the performers on keyboard. David has a vast professional background in musical theatre, having written and produced successful musicals in New York, Los Angeles and other major cities. Incanto has been fortunate to recruit David’s talent this season. It was very obvious from the start that this show was put together by an experienced musical director.
Gospel-icious’ Emcee is the Reverend Spikes, from the play ‘Greater Tuna,’ portrayed by Tracy Parks. Tracy introduces the singers and the songs as only a Southern Pastor can. The Holy Host Singers, who take us on an uplifting musical journey, include Luis Villanueva, Hulda Hix and Melina Ramirez.
The show begins with the Holy Host Singers in choir robes enthusiastically singing “In the Morning When I Rise.” We hear song after song of Gospel and Soul numbers, with gorgeous harmonies and soaring vocals. Accompanying the singers is The Resurrection Band, which included Gary Flores on drums, David Islas (Bicho) on electric bass and David Troy Francis on keyboards. Santiago Tello Ruiz skillfully manages the sound/lights and Renzo Farrid serves as costume coordinator.
I don’t want to give away the song selections, because you should come and experience this musical for yourself in its entirety. What I will say, is that you will hear vocals and a musical production that will impress you beyond your expectations. The songs move from one heartfelt, energetic performance to the next, with over an hour of uplifting music of praise! You’ll hear fantastic instrumental numbers, vocal solos and thrill at the combined musical talents of The Holy Host Singers.
You don’t need to be a religious person to enjoy, ‘Gospel-icious.’ If you like inspiring, heartfelt music, you’ll certainly enjoy this production. ‘Gospel-icious’ is one of the most exciting musicals that I’ve seen in my time covering entertainment around the Bay. Come and be moved by the music and leave with a song in your heart and a smile on your face!
The last performance of ‘Gospel-icious is scheduled for Sunday, April 22nd, so don’t miss out. The brunch starts at noon and the show begins at 1pm. Tickets for the bunch/show or show only can be purchased online at www.incantovallarta.com or at the box office.
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