Blue Man Group at Universal.–
Combine music, mime, comedy
and performance art with a little bit of audience
participation shake it up and let it cook for an hour and a
bit and what have you got ? Well the answer is The Blue Man
Group Show at Universal City walk.
Performing daily at the newly refurbished and specially
adapted Theatre, The Blue Man Group is quite unlike most
shows you will see in the Orlando area.
The Theatre is actually the former home of Nickelodeon until
it closed in 2005 .The new theatre contains just over 1000
seats, and there are five "zones," Zones 1-4, and the
"Poncho" zone. The poncho zone, which is made up of the
first four rows, has particular meaning. To sit here you are
provided with a poncho to protect your clothing as things
fly from the stage into the audience although when we went
no one got really covered with anything
The show centres around three performers supported by a
small group of very good musicians. These guys entertain and
amuse for an hour and a half without saying a word yet
managing to convey everything they need to the audience by
using music and fantastic facial expressions.
They are dressed all in black and the name comes from the
fact they have latex over their heads and faces which is
coloured blue - meaning only their eyes are really visible.
These they use them to convey all sorts of emotions
including curiosity, surprise and wonder as well as contempt
The music comes from a weird and wonderful set of
instruments that are made from piping –one they play is
called the “drumbone “ a combination of a drum and trombone
which takes all three men to play to the more common drums
which also help to convey their thoughts and feelings some
of which may be lost on younger children so I would suggest
7’s and over may get the most out of the show.
Parts of the show are in darkness and they use lasers and
flashing moving lights, so if you have people in your group
that are a bit wary they may need reassurance but there is
nothing frightening in the show at any point - unless of
course you are adamantly against audience participation in
any form in which case be aware they do select audience
members to take part in sketches. They pre-select a couple to
be slightly ridiculed but it is not in a nasty way and all
adds to the comedy feeling of the show. One thing you cannot
get out of though is the participation towards the end,
which involves rather a lot of paper although I won’t tell
you exactly what it is –you will have to see the show.
By Jan Smith