Blue Man Group adds new techie touches

Blue Man Group adds new techie touches
Photo Credit: Daniel-Boczarski

Audiences of Blue Man Group Chicago can expect some changes with the addition of new high tech instruments and more audience interaction.

The show running at The Briar Street Theatre, has only changed content three times in its three decade history.

It seems, fans have always liked Blue Man Group just the way it is. And for the most part that is what they will get with the new technology fusing seamlessly with old favorites by adding to and not detracting from the performance.

Photo: Daniel Boczarski

Photo: Daniel Boczarski

Blue Man Group made its Chicago debut in 1990 as a special guest on Milly's Orchid Show at Park West. 

The concept dreamed up by three college friends Matt Goldman, Phil Stanton and Chris Wink first came to light as a street theater troupe in New York in the late 1980's.

What a crazy concept.

Three silent men, drumming, downing marshmallows, splattering paint and  covered in blue--it's hard to describe--you really have to experience it.

Just like 35 million plus people have from Boston and Chicago to New York, Las Vegas and Orlando and at their international residency in Berlin, as well as on multiple North American and World tours.

The Spinulum in the lobby of the theatre.

The Spinulum in the lobby of the theatre.

Newly constructed and remastered instruments such as the Spinulum pictured above, Light Horns and Trigger Vibes add expressive new sounds to Blue Man Group.

Made from industrial materials, the Spinulum is played in a similar fashion to a slide guitar by moving a specially made hand grip along the stainless steel neck of the instrument while rotating a clear plastic disk.

Light Horns allow the Blue Men to call out to the audience in a never before done fashion. Part deconstructed xylophone, part drum hardware, the Trigger Vibes present new but oddly familiar electronic sounds.

Original music compositions are also featured in the Chicago production including the theatrical debut of “Vortex,” a piece from Blue Man Group’s latest studio album “THREE.”

If you  are still unclear about what Blue Man Group is all about hers's how Blue Man Group describes itself: "Blue Man Group performances are euphoric celebrations of human connection through art, music, comedy and non-verbal communication. Blue Man Group is universally appealing to a broad range of age groups and cultural backgrounds, and continually injected with new music, fresh stories, custom instruments and sensory stimulating graphics."

You don't see Blue Man Group, you experience it.

Expanded 2018 Holiday & 2019 Winter Performance Schedule:
December
Thursday, December 6 – 8 p.m.
Friday, December 7 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 8 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 9 – 1 and 4 p.m.
Thursday, December 13 – 8 p.m.
Friday, December 14 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 15 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 16 – 1 and 4 p.m.
Wednesday, December 19 – 8 p.m.
Thursday, December 20 – 8 p.m.
Friday, December 21 – 5 and 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 22 – 11 a.m., 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 23 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Monday, December 24 – 2 and 5 p.m.
Wednesday, December 26 – 11 a.m., 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Thursday, December 27 – 11 a.m., 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Friday, December 28 – 11 a.m., 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 29 – 11 a.m., 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 30 – 11 a.m., 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Monday, December 31 – 1, 4, 7 and 10 p.m. (New Year’s Eve)
January
Tuesday, January 1 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Wednesday, January 2 – 5 and 8 p.m.
Thursday, January 3 – 5 and 8 p.m.
Friday, January 4 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 5 – 11 a.m., 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 6 – 1 and 4 p.m.
Thursday, January 10 – 8 p.m.
Friday, January 11 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 12 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 13 – 1 and 4 p.m.
Thursday, January 17 – 8 p.m.
Friday, January 18 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 19 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 20 – 1, 4 and 7 p.m.
Monday, January 21 – 2 p.m. (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
Thursday, January 24 – 8 p.m.
Friday, January 25 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 26 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 27 – 1 and 4 p.m.
Thursday, January 31 – 8 p.m.
February
Friday, February 1 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 2 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 3 – 1 p.m.
Thursday, February 7 – 8 p.m.
Friday, February 8 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 9 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 10 – 1 and 4 p.m.
Thursday, February 14 – 8 p.m. (Valentine’s Day)
Friday, February 15 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 16 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 17 – 1, 4 and 7 p.m.
Monday, February 18 – 2 p.m. (Presidents’ Day)
Thursday, February 21 – 8 p.m.
Friday, February 22 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 23 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 24 – 1 and 4 p.m.
Thursday, February 28 – 8 p.m.

REVIEW: "Blue Man Group" (3.5 STARS)

When: Open run

Where: Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N. Halsted St.

Tickets: Online $49-$79

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