THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
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Closes an Evolution Chapter at Sold-Out Beacon Theatre in NYC: Concert
The "Sing-Off" champs and viral video sensations wrapped their North American tour on Thursday for "a choir of Beyonce's, which is the highest compliment one can give."
The only thing harder than winning a reality singing competition is becoming a successful musician after doing so -- and the odds of success are much smaller when that television show is NBC's recently-revived a cappella experiment, The Sing-Off.
But season three champs Pentatonix
have evolved past the niche reality show's launch platform with multiple
albums, millions of views on each of their viral videos, and a North
American tour with sold-out dates in Los Angeles and New York City.
When performing their last show at New York City's Beacon Theatre, they
outlined their origins and mapped their most-spiked songs, celebrating
another chapter in their career as a noteworthy a cappella act that
has captured the pop culture zeitgeist.
With their voices stronger
than ever, the group balanced their setlist with their Sing-Off numbers
(Katy Perry’s "E.T." and Marvin Gaye’s "Let’s
Get It On," with the choreography seen on the show) and original
songs ("Hey Momma," "Love Again," "Natural
Disaster"), as well as their viral videos (“Royals,”
with the opening phrases of Lorde’s "Team"), complete
with a live version of the plug that comes at the end of each upload,
touting Twitter handles and YouTube subscribe buttons along with merchandise
tables and albums for sale. They impressively and effortlessly performed
both "Evolution of Music" and "Evolution of Beyonce,"
with Hoying shouting afterward, "Thank you for supporting our obsession
with Beyonce!" and later, "You're a choir of Beyonce's, which
is the highest compliment one can give."
While the concert had plenty
of high notes, some numbers fell flat: the only PTX, Vol 1 track "Aha!"
felt included by obligation, and was introduced as "the perfect
song for a Lord of the Rings fight scene – if you close your eyes
during this song you will be transported straight to Middle Earth."
And the emotional, off-mic rendition of their original "Run to
You" couldn’t accurately travel to the back rows of the Beacon’s