Blue Man Group

Last night I went to see Blue Man Group at the Orpheum. (Disclosure: They comped me media passes, so I saw it for free. Nevertheless, I truly mean every word of what I am about to type.)

Here’s my verdict: If in your entire life, you only take one recommendation I make on this blog, make it this one: GO SEE THIS SHOW. It blew my mind. I had been wanting to see Blue Man Group live for over a decade and had very high expectations. The show not only met those expectations but exceeded them.

Furthermore, this show is absolutely worth paying a premium for the best seats. If you can get in the first 12-14 rows, that would be ideal. I don’t want to spoil the show by explaining why, but toward the end, the folks near the front are the ones who get to join in the fun the most.

What exactly is Blue Man Group? I’m going to expand the definition I posted last week a little. Their show combines color, music, rhythm, storytelling, humor, and audience participation. I really can’t say much more than that without giving away details of the show, and my description wouldn’t do it justice anyway. If you’re not sure whether you want to go, search YouTube for Blue Man Group and you’ll find plenty of videos. But trust me, you NEED to see this live.

I had heard that the front rows were “poncho seats,” and people who sit there put on ponchos to avoid getting paint on them from the performance. Actually it’s more than just paint. Again, I can’t say much more without giving away part of the show.

Two audience members had particularly special experiences. One got to eat with the group, while another got to paint with them.

One thing to note: Unlike most shows at the Orpheum, this one has no intermission. Therefore, it’s probably not a good idea to consume a lot of liquids before you take your seat.

For more info see the Orpheum’s website. Tickets are listed at $20-85. I would easily pay $85 for the experience I had last night. For students, tonight is student rush night if you want to see it for cheap.

GO SEE THIS SHOW. Please. You will not regret it. If you don’t enjoy this show, you are probably green, live in a garbage can, and your name is Oscar. Absolute must-see show of the year.