This past Sunday night, I lived every child’s and grandmother’s dream: I had a chance to see the Blue Man Group. Before college, I spent a fair amount of time telling my high school friends that when I got to college, I was going to see the most awesome shows and concerts with my awesome friends as we soaked up each other’s awesomeness. In reality, this was the first time I’ve gotten off the Hill since the Dalai Lama came to town. Here are the six things I learned at Blue Man Group. Oh, and they played Freebird.
shouldn’t must judge the character of another individual based on how they view impromptu stage makeup: So, I’m no Tobias Fünke, but my friend and I thought it would be fun to embrace our inner blue-people by putting on some stage makeup. That’s normal, right?! The ladies behind me didn’t quite think so.
2. They throw more than marshmallows at the audience: Up until now, I was convinced that the entire show was three men in blue paint throwing marshmallows at the audience for two hours. Maybe that’s because my oldest sister (Ed.-not the middle one) kept a marshmallow from her Blue Man Group experience in her room for a grand total of three years. The show was extremely interactive and if you got a seat towards the front, you had the chance of getting paint splattered all over you. Towards the end of the show, they sent eight massive, color-changing balls into the crowd for a giant game of keep-it-up. They then proceeded to ask the crowd for their balls back in a rather questionable fashion.
3. The blue men were a little more terrifying than I thought they would be: With the help of some incredible camera work, we were able to see these blue dudes up-close and personal, and boy were they terrifying. Not to mention all of the weird blueman brotherhood stuff that went down on stage — the performers stood in compact formations and proceeded to stroke each other’s faces. As the show progressed, however, they became less and less scary, and more like the endearing, snuggly munchkins that I expected them to be. Maybe that’s not entirely true, but what I’m trying to say is they weren’t that scary by the end.
4. I am still unable to explain what the show actually is and I don’t even care: If someone were to ask me, “What was the show about?” I don’t think I’d be able to tell you. Maybe this shouldn’t be included on a list of things that I have learned.
5. The show provided an interesting and futuristic argument against technology, while using the coolest technology I’ve ever seen to convey the message: You didn’t need to be a COLT concentrator to realize that technology was the central theme of the show. About ten minutes into the show, three life-sizes tablets dropped from outer space (or at least I think) onto the stage, and the performers had some fun playing with their new apps. These screens, or other forms of screens, were basically used throughout the entire show as the audience watched the men in utter amazement as they did their thing (seriously, I still don’t know what they did for two hours, but it rocked). At the end of the show, the group played a song called “Shake Your Booty” to encourage the audience to do just that. The song is about a four-and-a-half minute long laundry list of synonyms for butt. It was awesome.
6. The show was probably one of the funniest things I’ve seen…ever: It was so funny that I even used my obnoxious Peter Griffin-esque laugh, reserved for only the funniest of occasions, at least six times. The show is extremely well-written and there is humor and fun in it for everyone and anyone. If you ever have the chance to see these guys live, DO IT!!!