Saw Blue Man Group in NYC - What a wild live show!

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  1. Stephen Orr

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    Got back yesterday from a weekend chorus trip to New York. A group of high schoolers and adult chaparons went to see Blue Man Group at the Astor Place Theater in Greenwich Village.

    Wow! Talk about having no clue as to what would happen next! From about 10 minutes before the show until the very end, we were laughing, clapping, yelling and generally having a terrific time. Some folks who saw another show asked us what BMG was like. My wife and I decided that there was no real way to describe the show accurately. It was kind of like performance art meets comedy meets musical meets the biggest toilet paper/disco party ever.

    On the flip side, we also went to Jeckyl and Hyde, a Halloween-themed restaurant also in the village. Pretty lame. Best described as a "Chucky Cheese for dead people."

    This was our first time in New York. Had a great time, but saw the most over-hyped disappointing play on Sunday afternoon -- The Lion King. Oy, boring! We like Aida alot, though. Also spent a too-short 3 hours in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    My wife and I are planning another trip sometime in the next few months, this time teen-free, so we can really enjoy ourselves at our own pace.
     
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    I saw BMG in Boston a few years ago. It was outstanding! I really want to see another BMG show [​IMG]
     
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    I saw the BMG two weeks ago at the Luxor in Las Vegas and thought it rocked. Some of the humor took a while, and that got a little boring. Other than that and the never-ending spaghetti-western style guitar riff played through every song I had a blast. Went so far as to search high and low for their DVD-Audio disc once I got back into town.

    Pieter
     
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    I saw them a few weeks ago in Vegas and I was just floored by the show. One of the most entertaining shows I have ever seen. PS, the DVD-Audio disc is definitely worth tracking down--it has just about all of the songs from the Luxor show on it. Good luck!
     
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    Actually, I did finally find the disc at a Virgin Megastore and can't believe how well it reproduces the sound of the show. I didn't think any recording would ever offer the punch of those big drums but the dts track combined with my SVS does a bang up job. True DVD-Audio must be scary!

    Pieter
     
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    Dont forget that when you see the show (at least in Vegas) that you can purchase the DVD-Audio disc right outside the show on right hand side as you are exiting. My brother purchased this DVD and loved it. I have seen the show in Vegas twice when I lived there and once in NY. All 3 shows were fantastic. [​IMG] [​IMG]
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    I saw the show at the Luxor back in April and I thought it was great. The best live preformance I have ever been too. 99% of the audience thought the show was great and were laughing, clapping, and cheering during the whole show (except my father who hated the show as he thought it was "weird").
     
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    Double post. Please remove this post, thank you. [​IMG]
     
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    Yyep, I've also heard the DVD-A of BMG...talk about down right scary! It's the coolest conglomeration of sounds I've ever heard.
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    Hi,

    I also just saw Blue Man Group at the Luxor in Las Vegas on this past Friday night.

    I hated it.

    The drums/paint gig was decent the first time, but the same old crap the other two times they repeated it. The twinkie bit, the cereal bit, and all audience participation bits were IMHO overdrawn to the point of boredom.

    Now, how do you have BMG in new york and las vegas? Are there more than three of them? If so, are the originators the one in NY or Las Vegas.

    Basically I felt like I was in/watching a performace for a kindergarten class. What's with the toilet paper streamer covering the audience bit?

    On the other hand, the rest of my Las Vegas stay was wonderful. The other shows were all enjoyable, especially O.

    I guess I'm too 'low-brow' to appreciate BMG's art?

    Chris
     
  12. Stephen Orr

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    BMG is actually made of up a couple of dozen guys who rotate through the performances. The playbill we got at the NY show had a pretty comprehensive history of BMG and how it came about.

    BTW, the cereal and twinkie bits were a couple of our favorite parts, along with the LCD Kareoke....
     
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    BMG was founded by three guys in New York. They have since opened shows in Vegas, Chicago, and Boston. There are many "Blue Men" (and even a Blue Woman) who do the shows in other areas. But mostly, the original Blue Men stay in New York working on new music and routines.

    If you see the BMG perform on TV, it is almost always the original three members (except for the most recent Jay Leno appearence).

    I truly loved their entire show, the entire experience (did you hear the bathroom song?). Very funny stuff!
     
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    Any official web site to visit? I'd like to see if they're visiting the northwest any time soon. I enjoy this type of performance art... I've seen Stomp when it came through here twice now, and I envision BMG as a kind of Stomp on some illicit drug [​IMG]
     
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