Thursday, September 26, 2013

Lights, Music and Complete Amazement: Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando Resort

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During our recent visit to Universal Orlando Resort, there were plenty of rides, attractions and sights that we were excited to see and try. After all, this is one vacation destination that has something for everyone, right?

However, I have to admit that I was especially anticipating our time visiting Universal because of one particular performance that we were going to get to experience.

Because truly, if you're in the Orlando area, you've got to make time for the unique, humorous, original, creative, fun, astounding time you'll have with Blue Man Group.

Blue Man Group Universal
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A unique theatrical experience unlike anything else (and very difficult to describe), Blue Man Group is a mix of comedy, science, music, art, audience interaction and a party, all wrapped into one show. Although I've never quite figured out the answer to What IS that on them that makes them blue? that hasn't stopped me from being utterly amazed by them.

After having seen one performance of Blue Man Group in Chicago many, many years ago, I couldn't wait to see them in Orlando to be a part of the innovative ingeniousness once again.

Universal Studios

Heading over for an evening show with my husband and Big Sister E, we had fun getting into the Blue Man Group spirit even before we set foot inside the theater.

Blue Man Group Orlando

Once we stepped into their custom-built theater, I wasn't surprised to see most of the 1,000 seats fill up and was appreciative as I looked around and noticed that there truly aren't any "bad seats" in the place. No matter if you're in the front row (the first few rows are given ponchos, as they are the "splash zone") or the last row, you are still easily able to see — and participate in — all of the action.

And, although I already knew that this was a family-friendly show and that Big Sister E would have a great time, I was even more happy to see that the theater offers booster seats for children in case they end up with someone tall sitting in front of them. What a thoughtful feature!

Before long, the lights dimmed and the words scrolling on the marquees changed from notes about no photos and video to interactive, funny messages that had the entire audience's attention. After a bit more reading, laughing and repeating (where do they come up with these things?) the 3-man group appeared onstage and the show was underway.

From the catchy music...

Blue Man Group music

...to the quintessential painting and drumming with paint...

Blue Man Group paint drumming

...to the hilarious nod to our dependence on our gadgets and devices using special "GiPads..."

Blue Man Group Gi-Pads

...Blue Man Group manages to take their indescribable live celebration of art, technology and music to a whole new level. No matter if it is your first show or your 10th, you just can't help but be jump-out-of-your-seat excited throughout the entire experience!

After your heart pounds, you laugh until your cheeks hurt, and you cross your fingers that by some chance you are one of the audience members that gets to be a part of the show, the Blue Men end their performances with their trademark party that is unforgettable. Lights! Music! Gigantic balls (which take the concept of beach balls at a concert to a whole new level)! Rolls of paper blowing from the front!

I mentioned the whole thing is fairly indescribable, right?

Blue Man Group finale

When it comes to entertainment, Universal Orlando's Blue Man Group show is a completely unique journey that you have to experience to understand. How three men covered in blue (no really, what is it? Paint? Rubber? Both?) that never utter a single word wind up being so endearing, hilarious and engaging is just something you need to see.

To find out much more about how music, technology and multimedia theatrics come together to form the one and only Blue Man Group, visit BlueMan.com and connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and more.

For a sneak peek of the Orlando show itself, you've got to head to the Blue Man Group Universal Orlando page to see a 2-minute compilation video that is sure to wow you!

I was provided complimentary tickets to Blue Man Group Universal Orlando in order to help facilitate this review, but they in no way affected the amazing time that we had and my honest opinions in this post.

12 comments:

Mer said...

I love shows that are fun for everyone, and this certainly sounds like it qualifies. And the booster seats are such a great idea.

Maria Iemma said...

I once saw the Blue Man Group at a theatre in NYC. It was a fantastic show.

Tiffany Schmidt said...

We've seen their show twice. Once with kids and one without. We loved it just as much both times. Some jokes went over the kids heads, but a lot does on tv too these days!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I saw them in Chicago too and they were FANTASTIC! So, so entertaining. I wanted to go again when my DD and I were in Orlando but we missed ticket sales by 5 minutes. Seriously.

slehan said...

I'll be at Universal Studios in Orlando next Saturday. Hadn't planned on seeing this, but now I'm looking into it. Thanks for the review.

slehan at juno dot com

Andrea said...

This looks so fun. It makes me miss living in Orlando!

slehan said...

Group consensus is that we won't be seeing this next weekend. Too much other stuff to see.

slehan at juno dot com

bxcrochet said...

looks like a fun show.

knickgirl_3 at yahoo dot com

Rose-Marie said...

I'm in the Blue Man Group mood! I can't imagine how exciting it would be to be picked from the audience! I have to admit I never heard of this before, but now I'm so psyched! It sounds like something for many age groups to luv it! especially around Halloween time!

Kim-Tram Phan said...

I love the blue man group! It's so amazing to see their unique and crazy styles of music, colors, and creativity!

Lisa R said...

Looks like an awesome place to see. The movie is coming out soon

sibabe64 at ptd dot net

Stephen Alexander said...

Those are some great photos of universal! Very crisp!