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The Blue Man Group
Having seen the Blue Man Group in New York, we decided to check out the local performance at Universal Orlando Resort.
The show is housed at The Sharp Aquos Theater which is situated between the 2 Universal theme parks, adjacent to the Hard Rock Café.
Having purchased our tickets online we collected them on the evening of the performance. (If you do this remember to take the card you used for purchase and some photo ID when you collect them). A word to the wise - don' t be late unless you wish to become part of the show!
We had selected seats from the online seating plan and we were seated centrally about four or five rows from the front, having had plenty of seating choice when booking, we did not expect the Theater to be full, but it was.
The fact that we had selected seats in the poncho area did not strike any warning bells. However, when we took our places we found plastic ponchos placed on our seats. Our 2 friends who were Blue Man ‘virgins’ looked at us in horror. We were also slightly bemused as we did not remember getting wet or seeing anything in the previous performance in New York. When I later researched The Blue Man Group I read that the poncho area provides guests with ' plastic ponchos in order to protect them from various, food, substances, paint and so on which get thrown, ejected or sprayed from the stage' . You get the picture?
We donned said ponchos and then our friends asked what the long strips of white, crepe paper were for? We had been handed this paper, resembling toilet roll only much stronger, as we entered the Theater. Having seen it all before, we told them to get creative. Bandannas, pussy cat bows, hair ribbons, tie belts and ties around wrist are all acceptable forms of usage for the paper. There was much giggling as we all looked pretty stupid, but so did everyone else in the Theater so who cares? The white crepe paper, reams and reams of it, is heavily featured in the show' s finale.
The Blue Man Group consists of three performers dressed entirely in shapeless black outfits and wearing latex bald caps. Their head, neck and face are covered in shiny, blue grease paint. They say nothing throughout the show, their expression never changes and everything is conveyed through the eyes.
We could not begin to describe the performance for you, it is unique. An amazing combination of music, mainly percussion, mime, comedy and visual effects, and to describe some of the highlights would only spoil it for the uninitiated.
The finale, as I mentioned before, is amazing and very much crowd participation, but a word of caution - it is not suitable for anyone who suffers from epilepsy or seizures brought about by strobe lighting or flashing lights.
The shows content is suitable for the whole family, although very young children probably wouldn’t find much to entertain them. Older children would love the mess and teenagers would appreciate the humor.
There are people who don' t enjoy the show and do not appreciate the unique ‘off the wall’ performance, but we have yet to speak to someone who didn’t enjoy it.
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