I like my entertainment straight up. When I go to the ballet I expect I’ll see the ballet. A concert is a concert. A play is a play. This simplistic approach to entertainment is most likely why I sat scratching my head in true “What the heck?” fashion for the first 15 minutes of the Blue Man Group. What was this? Was it a concert? Was it performance art? Was it comedy? Check yes to all of the above and then some, but here’s what I know for sure — Blue Man Group is family friendly fun at it’s finest and you need to make a point of going when visiting Universal Orlando.
Not gonna lie, I’ll admit to a little trepidation seeing that the first four rows of people were wearing ponchos upon entering the Blue Man Group theater. Not sure what we’d signed up for, I was glad that there didn’t seem to be rain gear required near the back where we were sitting. What was clear though, was that there were many in the audience that were not only giddy about the upcoming show and need for ponchos, but they had been here several times before.
It seems that the Blue Man Group has a bit of a cult following and it’s not hard to see why. Their show is a party in which you are both guest and entertainment. Even now, weeks after seeing this amazing show I can’t help but smile thinking about how this totally unique show had us laughing, dancing and interacting with our fellow guests in a way I’d never seen at the ballet. This is definitely not your grandmother’s entertainment, unless of course Grandma likes to shake her badonk-a-donk. If that’s the case, then you should totally bring her along.
So what can you expect when going to see the Blue Man Group for the first time? Stop reading now if you don’t want to spoil the surprise.
First, you can expect music, but music with a twist. Steel drums with paint flying (hence those ponchos) and percussion tubes (aka PVC sewer pipe). Performance art with a member of the audience becoming the paint brush. Comedy — my cheeks hurt from smiling when we left. Technology with ginormous Gi-Pads and yes you’ll want one. A rock concert. A ride that sucks you in and pulls you along until the exhilarating and awe-inspiring finale that makes you want to give the world a hug. Honestly, forget drugs, Blue Man Group offers a better high.
I’ll admit that after taking part in this show, I am now officially a Blue Man Group groupie. In fact, when we return to see Diagon Alley we’ll be making a point of seeing them again, and this time, we may grab a poncho and sit up front. What can I say? Blue is my colour.
Disclosure: Thanks to Universal Orlando for inviting us to join them for this incredible show. We are bluebies now? 🙂