Blue Man Group Performance Review – A Visual Masterpiece

On October 8, 2014, I had the opportunity to see the Blue Man Group live for the first time. Having heard about the group in the past, I was very excited to see them in person. Let me tell you, my expectations were exceeded tenfold. I can honestly say I have never seen any show as visually spectacular as the Blue Man Group. From the moment you enter the Briar Street Theatre until you leave, the visual extravagances never stop.

 

Not only are the visuals fantastic, the music is incredible as well. While there is a small band placed above the stage playing more ordinary instruments, the Blue Man Group drummed on all sorts of different objects in a fun and unique way.

 

Before the show even begins, the electronic prompters on stage that remind you to turn off your phones, no pictures will be allowed, etc. were being used as a joke. Each reminder had a funny antidote to go with it, which built up the comical atmosphere right from the beginning. Another fun aspect of the show was the numerous times audience participants were used. The prompters were used to randomly point out crowd members in a playful manner. Before the show had even begun, I was in stitches. As the show proceeded, more people became involved.  Even, I, had a chance to be part of the show during a bit that had the whole crowd laughing. (I would love to give more details, but I don’t want to give away the joke!) They also had one of the most delightful elderly ladies I have ever seen go up on stage for a “date” with the Blue Man. This had the whole crowd cheering her on and laughing at the funny antics that were pulled. The audience members in the first few rows are, in what the theatre calls, “the splash zone”.  Don’t worry, though, they provide a poncho, and some of the lucky audience members that got a bit “splashed” went home with Blue Man artwork, and one man was even made into a painting!

Throughout the show different segments were performed ranging from an iPhone parody, to paint drums, sciences lessons, and the most amazing dance party I have ever been to. During this show there is never a dull moment from beginning to end and much of that is because of the amazingly talented actor-musicians. The sheer talent of the performers is truly captivating and brings their live performance to another level. While they never speak, the intensity in their eyes and distinct movements draw you in.

 

Blue Man Group using the Gi-Pad

If you are looking for a fun, energetic, and spectacular night out, I highly recommend going to see the Blue Man Group at the Briar Street Theater.  This is an amazing show for all ages and occasions; you will not regret the decision! Blue Man Productions has recently announced their fall schedule, which can be viewed at the

Blue Man Group website



 

Photos: Courtesy of Blue Man Group

 

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