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.
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.
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.
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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