Walking into the new Blue Man Group Theater, I immediately was whisked away by the music that was playing during seating. Never before have I heard such a surreal and enchanting piece of Blue Man style music, but added flare of new age and tribal highlights. I’m not even sure what the new seating music is called, but I fully understand why the previous used music “Dulcimer” is no longer part of the show, it just doesn’t fit the scale of this technological wonder of a production. I could literally close my eyes, and be taken away by the music itself, and then I noticed the walls moving. New HD projection technology, which is frequently seen in theme parks from Disney to Universal, is now a part of the pre-show spectacle. The side columns become animated, and part of the show itself, which is an awesome highlight and detail.
And then… As random of anything I’ve seen, floating eyeballs come out and float, move and hover over the audience. I’m not sure why eyeballs are chosen as the pre-show, but it’s surely awesome to look at as you scratch your head in amazement and wonder on how these things are moving. They also make distinct sounds to each other, two eyes floating together, one the smaller with a hip looking hat, the other appears to be the mother of the smaller one, with earrings nonetheless.
And then, it’s show time, lights dim and the music kicks in. The show itself is 85% all new material, with Big Scrim (now revised from NAT version to incorporate new Vegas PVC’s), Gumballs & Marshmallows, Gi-Pads, Modern Plumbing & Drumbone, Feast and the finale with the Zygotes the only core pieces from the newer 5th generation versions of the new standard venue shows. Gone are PVC IV (replaced with PVC V), Time to Start (No longer any Complex style songs in the productions), Klein (now called Biomorphic Klein), Franken-Switch and Chant Jam is now reworked to integrate the new smoke ring drums in a revised pre-finale chant jam.
I don’t wait to openly spoil the new bits, as that would mean I’d have to give away 85% of the new show to veteran fans and newcomers alike who are anxiously awaiting a chance to see it themselves, but look for crash course lessons in artificial intelligence, robotics, the inner workings of the human brain and the firing of neurons, and some of the wildest visuals any fan old or new, has ever seen from Blue Man Group to date. It’s polished with surround sound style audio, stunning visual LED light technology, cutting edge creations by the world renowned Michael Curry Design Studios, and new material that is sure to keep audiences coming back again and again.
So to put into words the new show, it’s quite the challenge, but here’s my best shot; surreal, ethereal, blissful, engaging, intriguing, mind blowing, eye candy, amazement, wonder, discovery, life force, inner child, magical, euphoric, mechanical, bio-morhpic, party, celebration of life, connection, wonder, reality and synergy are just some of the words that come to mind. After seeing this new show, I’m sure you’ll have your set of words to add, so I strongly encourage all the Blue Man Group fans to check out the new production at the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino. Prepare to dive head first into the curious world of the blue man, and learn about yourself in the process.
Thanks for reading,
Insider Joe Burke