Opening night of Blue Man Group was rather successful, despite the sporadic monsoons occurring outside. Blue Man Group is one of those acts that virtually everyone has heard of and I was quite excited to get to check them out firsthand. Without giving too much away, I offer a brief summary of my experience…
The show began somewhat unannounced with a scrolling marquee telling the audience in a rather amusing way to turn off their phones etc. etc. (hence why I have no fun pictures of my own to share with you), however, most of the audience took a while to realize what was going on as the rather inconspicuous marquee mocked those of us still chatting and fidgeting with our phones.
Touche’, Blue Man Group, I see how it’s going to be here tonight.
With the tone of sarcastic humor having been established, I don’t even know whether to believe what happened next. “Special Guests” in the crowd were announced – both of whose names I cannot recall. Supposedly there was a woman who was a gold medal winner and a man who was the first space tourist from Greenville… I’ll have to do my research on both of these because I do not trust the Blue men at this point. Either way, this was just the beginning of the crowd involvement that would last throughout the show.
Following the humorous preliminary announcements and show openers, the real action began as the theater darkened and the crazy lights began. The show was a good mix of sketch comedy and music. The jokes were at times subtle but always clean and quirky and the music was filled with all of the crazy neon colored splashing and flashing light craziness you would expect. The group was backed up by a talented band to round out their sound and crowd participation was always central to the performance. I was actually rather surprised at the amount of sketch comedy involved in the show. I guess I’d always imagined it as a non-stop concert-like experience with pounding drums throughout, although, there was music throughout as the backing band helped set the scene for each act.
If I were to try and sum up the experience, I would say it was like Mr. Bean and an alien had triplets who formed an electronica rock band that crashed into a 1980’s neon paint factory before landing on the stage of the Peace Center. In other words, pretty awesome.
The show has some really great moments in particular, but I won’t spoil those for you. Overall, a really great time with an abundance of visual and auditory stimulation and some good laughs. If you’ve never caught this show, I would definitely recommend taking advantage of this week long run right here in our back yard at the Peace Center. Enjoy!
Blue Man Group is at the Peace Center through May 12th! Check the links below for more information.