Posted by: Patrick
February 26, 2014
Last night, I was able to see Blue Man Group at ASU Gamamge. I’ve seen clips of their shows over the years on TV but this was my first opportunity to see the show live.
I had a pretty good idea of what to expect and thought I knew the extent of what I would be seeing. But at the end of the night, my mind was completely blown away by the entire experience. It was incredible and I’m proclaiming it the best show I’ve seen this year at ASU Gammage – and I’ve seen six shows from this season.
Unlike other blogs about performances I’ve seen, this one is difficult to write. I can’t give a synopsis of the story because there really isn’t a story. And I don’t want to give anything away because there were some surprises that completely caught me, and most of us in the audience, off guard. But, I can’t just leave you hanging, right? So here are some things to consider when seeing this show.
First, it’s extremely visual. There are lots of colors, lights and music. Some of the lighting effects were really cool and reminded me of being at a concert. The more I thought about it, I guess a show like this needs to be very visually appealing because SPOILER ALERT! The Blue Men don’t talk.
Second, there’s no set story to the show. What I mean by that is, there is no first, second or third act. Also, there’s no intermission. It’s 90 minutes of pure, straight entertainment. I mention this because if for some reason you’re running late, you don’t have to worry about trying to catch up with what you’ve missed. Also, if you are late, you might get called out on it – in front of everyone.
Third – and this is the absolute best part – there’s a lot of audience involvement with the show. People do get called up on stage to help out and me telling you this really doesn’t ruin anything. But there are other moments in the show as well, where everyone gets involved. And it’s awesome. Absolutely awesome. And amazing. It’s amazingly awesome.
If you’re thinking about heading over to ASU Gammage to see this show while it’s in town, here’s my two cents:
1. If possible, get seats that are in the orchestra and as close to the stage as possible. Yes, I know those tickets might be a little more. Trust me, it’s worth it (refer to the above paragraph).
2. The show is kid friendly. There’s a little bit of off-color humor, but it’s subtle and you might not even catch it. There were a lot of kids there last night and all of them were having the time of their lives. Every single adult that was there was loving every second of it too. Also, the show is only 90 minutes, which isn’t very long at all. There’s no intermission either. If you’re worried that it might end too late during the week, there are shows this weekend that might work better for you.
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