I never win anything, so I’m not sure why I ever entered this drawing, but a few months later I got the news that we won four tickets to Blue Man Group in Boston! I was so excited to bring my girls and mother-in-law because we had a blast! The most interesting thing about Blue Man Group is that so many people are so confused at what exactly it is. I thought I’d try to shed some answers to those questions…
What is Blue Man Group? Is it a play? A musical? An instrumental show?
Great question, but I’m really not sure how to answer it. It’s one of the craziest things I’ve ever seen on stage. It combines technology, music, comedy, audience participation, and mind-blowing effects. Just when you think you’ve seen the best part, they will do something that will make you scream or laugh out loud. There is no category for this show, it has to be experienced to understand. The members of Blue Man Group never speak, but through facial expression and gestures you understand them. There is also a live band that adds to the excitement of the show.
For what age is the show appropriate for?
The show is meant to be multi-generational experience and we were three generations that all had a great time.
What the heck is the poncho section?
The first four or five rows closest to the stage are given ponchos because there is a chance they may get splashed. We were upgraded to the poncho section and it was a bit of a letdown because no one got wet or splattered throughout the whole show. So we wore the poncho through the whole thing and it was pretty anticlimactic. If I had paid extra to be in this zone, I would have been disappointed.
What is the running time?
The show was about an hour and a half long and there was no intermission. Make sure everyone uses the restrooms because they discourage you from leaving the theater during the show.
Are there strobe lights? Is it loud? Scary?
There are strobe lights but I heard that if you tell them you have a sensitivity to them that a member of the house staff will let you know when it is about to occur. It is very loud in the theater and there is so much going on that it might overwhelm some kids. It’s not scary, but the Blue Man Group come right out in the audience several times throughout the show and these bald, blue, non-smiling men may make some kids nervous.
What is the theater like? Is it huge? Are there many bad seats?
The Boston show is held at the Charles Playhouse. I love this theater because it is small and there are very few bad seats. I sat in the mezzanine when I was here 10 years ago and this time we sat in the front row in the side section. The theater has a modern, industrial feel.
Who in the world thought of this show?
Three friends named Chris Wink, Phil Stanton, and Matt Goldman thought of the concept but they had a hard time getting anyone to come on board with their project. They finally decided to invest their resources and time into a small theater in NYC and it exploded into a world-wide theatrical success!
Where can you see it?
It has been performed in over 20 countries and has been seen by over 35 million people since 1991. It has permanent theatrical productions in NYC, Boston, Las Vegas, Chicago, Orlando, and Berlin.
Tips for Planning a Trip to the Boston Show
-We went down to the lounge after the show and we were so excited when the Blue Man Group cast came down to take pictures with the audience that was there. They were so funny and took the time to take pictures with every single person there.
-Food and water can be bought at the concession stands and can be brought into the theater.
-Use restrooms before the show starts.
-Do NOT show up late…someone always does and you don’t want to be that person…you’ll see why.
-Don’t bother buying the light-up drumsticks because you can’t use them during the show. (So glad we didn’t!)
-Like most shows, you can not take pictures or video during the show.
Address: 74 Warrenton Street, Boston MA 02116
Box Office: (800) BLUEMAN