Saturday, January 14, 2012

Are You Blue, Man?

I’ve got the cure! Blue Man Group will be in Omaha beginning Tuesday, Jan. 17, and will continue through Sunday, Jan. 22. Start times are 7:30 p.m. Jan 17 - Jan. 19; 8 p.m. Jan. 20-21; 2 p.m. Jan. 21-22; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22.

Tickets start as low as $20 (see

Blue Man Group is best known for its wildly popular theatrical shows and concert which combine music, comedy and multimedia theatrics to produce a totally unique form of entertainment. Although it is impossible to describe, people of all ages agree that Blue Man Group's show is intensely exciting and wildly outrageous experience that leaves the entire audience in a blissful, euphoric state. With no spoken language, Blue Man Group is perfect for people of all ages, languages, and cultures.

In this spell-binding show, three enigmatic bald and blue characters take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theater, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else either on or off Broadway.

The show's origins lead back to the late '80s, when longtime friends Chris Wink, Phil Stanton and Matt Goldman began to appear on the streets of Manhattan covered in blue make-up. The appearances led to a theatrical show, which premiered at the legendary performance space La Mama, ETC and finally to off-Broadway's Astor Place Theatre in 1991. Since then, over 60 Blue Men have entertained crowds in New York, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas and beyond. 

The blue men do use a variety of materials on stage and at times those materials get into the audience close to the stage. While it does not happen all the time, they do strongly suggest that you do not wear "clothing that you consider nice or valuable." They encourage casual attire for the show; jeans and sneakers are ideal. Strobe lights may be used.

Their statement on age-appropriateness:
"One of the great things about seeing Blue Man Group is that it appeals to all ages. Kids will enjoy the lights, color and spectacle. Adults enjoy the humor, social commentary and depth of the character. Even the hardened theatre critic finds a deeper message behind the fun and mess."

The show will run about 110 minutes with no intermission. 

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