The avant-garde performance art troupe the Blue Man Group has gone from a scrappy little off-Broadway theater in the early 90s to a pop culture phenomenon with million dollar special effects, Vegas shows, major label album releases, a 3D IMAX film due out this year, and world wide tours. Yet, somehow, this has only made things better.
Currently they are performing at the Warner Theatre for a special 2 week run. The show revolves around three inquisitive, mute, bald, man-children percussionists who glisten with blue grease paint. They perform comedy sketches, interact with the audience, play music on various custom instruments made from PVC pipes, and interface naively with a stunning array of multimedia and lights. It’s certainly weird, but at the same time completely accessible. The packed house was filled with lame ass people and families who enjoyed the show just as much as my pretentious hipster self. The Blue Man Group have somehow tapped into that fine line where they neither alienate my mom nor bore me.
Puck Quinn, creative director of character development and appearances confirms: “We’ve done surveys to figure out who our audience is, and we’ve found that our demographic ranges from eight to 85 years old. That’s when we know we’re doing something right. A kid can come to the show and just enjoy the rhythm or the mess or the colors or the spectacle. Adults can come and do the exact same thing, but they might also come away with something to think about. When we do our work well, the show succeeds on multiple levels.”
If you’ve seen Blue Man Group before (this is my third time around), there will be much that is familiar, but many of the classic bits have been upgraded and new material has been added. If you’ve only seen their early low budget shows, you’ll be blown away with what they’re doing now. Imagine dropping acid at Space Mountain and you’ll begin to have an idea of what your retina will be bombarded with. Without giving away too many surprises, just know that the new and improved (and slightly more eco-friendly) finale represents the unattainable goal of every BYT party I’ve ever thrown. Wayne Coyne would be taking notes.
The original Blue Man trio is still involved with productions, but the actual performances have now been taken over by an army of over 90 different people. Tobias Funke jokes aside, apparently you really can become a Blue Man (or woman) if you meet the requirements: height between 5’10” and 6’1″ tall (athletic build), solid drumming skills, excellent acting skills, and a willingness to relocate.
The tickets are pricey, but my god is it worth it. The audience is a disaster, but just ignore them. You may think you’re too cool or something for Blue Man Group, but you’re not. Go see this show. Do it. It is one of the finest slices of entertainment you’ll ever see.
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Remaining show times:
Wed, March 30 at 7:30pm
Thurs, March 31 at 8:00pm
Fri, April 1 at 8:00pm
Sat, April 2 at 1:00pm, 5:00pm, & 9:00pm
Sun, April 3 at 1:00pm & 5:00pm