“One of the most fascinating aspects of The Fazzino Ride is how everyone becomes a performer in the experience, both inside and outside the bus. Written and directed by Richard Humphrey, The Fazzino Ride is a piece of careful choreography that takes the city streets as its stage. The fun is contagious. The energy and enthusiasm overflows. This a phenomenon that could happen only in New York.
With windows that soar to the ceiling, flashing LED lights, and a pounding sound system, The Fazzino Ride, an interactive tour of midtown Manhattan designed by 3D pop artist Charles Fazzino, is a spectacle inside and out. Three rows of stadium style seats face the windowed outer wall of the bus, allowing for views to the top of the Chrysler building; techno music blasts through the surround sound system; 40 video screens display Fazzino’s renditions of New York’s most famous architectural landmarks; and two tour guides lead the ride around Times Square. The tour kicks off in Times Square with a mic’d performer leading the riders in a New Year’s countdown. A freestyle rapper on Eighth Avenue flows with the sidewalk traffic, and a ballerina in a glowing tutu twirls around passersby a few blocks away. With the help of smart sound design by Brett Jarvis and bright costumes on less populated street corners, the performers are never lost in the crowd. The Ride is also perfect for people watching; both tourists and New Yorkers become as much a part of the tour as the plotted performers. The bus riders perform to an audience, as well; New Yorkers outside the bus continually stop on the sidewalks to wave and take photos of the massive moving theater, and the bus riders enthusiastically give the Ride wave back.”
-Sarah Taylor Ellis, Stage And Cinema