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Blue Man Group Review

If you are looking for creative ideas in an artistic and entertaining performance, the Blue Man Group is definitely worth checking out. They normally play in Las Vegas, but we saw their show in Colorado Springs on August 26, 2011, at the Pike's Peak center. I knew they did some wacky stuff, but I had never actually seen more than a few thirty-second clips of their performances, so it was fun to have all the surprises in the show.

Most of what they did was apparently not a surprise to many of the others there. With applause and excitement building before a routine actually stared, it quickly became clear that these were Blue Man Group Groupies (try to say that three times fast). I would guess that almost half of the audience had seen them perform before. When they come back for more, it's a good sign that you're doing something right. And they are.

It is hard to describe a show like this, except to mention some bits and pieces. The main gimmick is that the members of the Blue Man Group are all painted a bright blue. They also never say a word, although there is sometimes narration done by loudspeaker, and there is extensive use of video screens as well. They play bizarre musical instruments, which are often made of PVC drain pipe (at least that's how it looked to me). They play drums that are lit and covered in colored liquids. The people in the first several rows are given protective clothing to wear, and with good reason. We were fortunately farther back.

There are musical pieces, plenty of comedy skits, and acrobatic numbers as well. It is actually fascinating how the members of the group interact with the various video screens, but difficult to describe (you'll have to go see).

Perhaps one of the parts of the performance that was the most fun is when they turned the entire auditorium into a party, with lights and music and... giant floating balls. The balls (about ten of them) were perhaps six feet in diameter, and made of some lightweight material. They were thrown out into the audience, where they traveled around above our heads, being bounced halfway to the ceiling at times as people reached up and pushed them. Meanwhile the screens had a giant dancing puppet, which at some point left the video screen and became three-dimensional.

Did I mention that the giant bouncing balls were lit up from inside in various colors? Or that the colors were changing, and apparently controlled by radio signals, so they might all turn blue at once, for example? I don't think I can explain the effect much beyond that. The Blue Man Group does a show that you have to see, and in person (I'm not sure if they ever broadcast their shows anyhow). It is full of creative new ideas and fun.

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Blue Man Review