Walking into the Adrienne Arsht Center this evening I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when it came to the evening’s entertainment. Of course I know of the Blue Man Group and have seen blips of their performances on television and You Tube. As I’ve always said there’s something about seeing performers live that just doesn’t compare with video. The Blue Man Group certainly fits into that category. This was more than a show, it was an experience.
Picture this if you will: three men all dressed in black, blank-faced, not a word uttered, and a lovely shade of blue. Have the Blue Meanies finally come to life right before my eyes? Anything is possible but in this case, no. It’s just another day at the office for the men who originally started as a drum ensemble 25 years ago. Yes, kids, they’ve been around that long.
Combining incredible musicianship, comedy, state of the art technology and theatrics the Blue Man Group have set the bar high when it comes to their live performances. Without a word being spoken they managed to get their abstract points across with imaginative visuals, props and facial expressions (blank as they may be). Enormous G-Pads (computer tablets), became a great representation of the modern world we all depend on and would most likely experience withdrawal without. Many giggles could be heard from the younger kids in the audience especially when body fluids and gags took the spotlight.
Admittedly I get nervous when artists venture into the audience. This is especially true when it comes to performance art. You never know what to expect especially when three men are wondering throughout the hall with blank looks on their faces staring at people. Well, folks, let me tell you, the Blue Men got up close and personal to quite a few fans. One instance involved an older woman whom was quite the sport and was brought on stage. It’s a good thing she likes Twinkies. Another segment included body painting and a gentleman being dressed in a white jumpsuit and motorcycle helmet. His human wall art canvas was created backstage making an awesome souvenir and great story to tell family and friends. It should be noted the first two rows of audience members were provided with ponchos which certainly came in handy on more than one occasion.
The other musicians joining the group were placed on two high-rise platforms. Dressed in what appeared to be skeleton suits they added more spectacles to an already over-the-top performance. They were loud and fit perfectly into the rocking raucous beats that filled every crevice of the hall. Streamers, giant color-changing balls that bounced to the balconies, and outstanding drum covers of “Freebird” (yelled from an audience member – there’s always one in every crowd) and Devo’s “Whip It,” brought the sold out audience to their feet. The encore turned into a techno music fest as we were all encouraged to shake our backsides to their booming groove and outstanding light spectacular. This show is for kids of all ages. It was fun, exciting, and an old fashioned good time.
BLUE MAN GROUP
Clement J Waldman, III
Jerry Alan Wright