Human Nature: Jukebox
At a Glance
What is it?
One of Australia’s biggest acts – a vocal harmony group that grew up a lot from the boy band beginnings.
Where is it?
In a showroom at The Venetian on the Center Strip.
Is it worth the cost?
Yes. These are some of the best entertainers in town.
Why should I see this show?
Because you are a fan of great harmonies.
What else do I need to know?
Although most known in the States for their covers of Doo-Wop classics, this show goes beyond the Motown sound.
What’s the bottom line?
These guys work hard to make you like them and they succeed.
Everything evolves in Las Vegas. The hotels, the buffets, and even the shows. Witness the evolution of Human Nature’s production at The Venetian.
Formerly presented by Smokey Robinson, the Australian quartet’s production was mostly Motown classics with the guys singing intricate harmonies while doing simple back-up group dancing that would make the Pips proud.
Now the show is called Jukebox and while there are still some Motown hits on the playlist, the scope has broadened to include everything from The Beatles to Bruno Mars and beyond.
A sampling of some of their covers: “Shake Your Body” by The Jacksons; “Happy” by Pharell Williams; “(Reach Out) I’ll Be There” by the Four Tops; “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith mashed together with “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King; and “All About that Bass” by Meghan Trainor.
Human Nature got their start in Australia as a “Boy Band” back in the ’90s so their homage to groups like the Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block, N*SYNC, The Bee Gees, The Beach Boys, and even The Village People is a lot of fun. They still have the ’90s Boy Band moves, too.
The backing band is terrific but the best moments in the show is when they go quiet and let the guys harmonize acapella. Their renditions of “Under the Boardwalk,” “Earth Angel,” and “Ooo Baby Baby” are impeccable examples of vocal craftsmanship.
These quieter, intimate moments really show how talented these guys are.
They have even added some interactivity, with people allowed to vote before the show on a song they will perform during it. Who knew this crowd would want to hear AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long”?
A pair of ballroom dancers adds some fun staging and sexiness to the proceedings.
Besides their great vocals, the guys are charming in that roguish Australian kind of way. They work hard to make you have fun and their effort pays off.