Blue Man Group

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Opened 14 November 2005, closed 24 June 2007 at the New London Theatre in London

Theatre - Concert - Comedy - One Amazing Show - Blue Man Group in London!

Blue Man Group is a multi-sensory circus of a show bringing together live music, comedy and drama to create one breathtaking experience. Direct from New York, this exhilarating assault on the senses is unmatched by anything else on the London stage. A powerful blend of stunning images, dynamic rhythms and dazzling spectacle, Blue Man Group is the essential theatrical experience.

Probably best known in the UK for featuring in a series of television adverts for Intel, the Blue Man Group originated as street performers in New York in the late 1980's. Their first permanent production - which is still running - opened at the off-Broadway Astor Place Theatre in New York in April 1991. In addition to this The Blue Man Group has performed in stadiums across North America as part of a tour, produced several CDs of original music, garnered a Grammy nomination,and most recently featured on the soundtrack of the animated feature film Robots.

"Miraculously, it succeeds. The show is driven by a sense of how easy it is to feel isolated in an age of mass communication. But by the end of an evening that features paint-spattering tribal drumming, regurgitated sculptures and an avalanche of loo roll, all barriers are broken down and most of us united in what is, basically, a euphoric celebration of mess and misunderstanding." The Sunday Times

"Three scrawny men, their shaven heads and faces painted blue like androids, stare at the audience with mute curiosity. They play the drums with fiendish energy and when bottles of luminous paint are emptied into the drumheads, the mackintoshed people in the first six rows are splattered in red, yellow and blue. One Blue Man swivels a white canvas above the spray and creates a painting, which he proudly displays. So is it art? And is that their point? Play School continues as one BM throws a marshmallow which another BM niftily catches in his mouth, then another, until his mouth is crammed with about 20 marshmallows and his cheeks are bulging like a hamster's. Then he empties his mouth on to a canvas, and slaps a label for 4,000 on it, another amusing little send-up of the contemporary art market. But like lazy teenagers, they don't push the issue further than that. They're having far too much fun. Blue Man Group, presumably created by adults whose development arrested somewhere during adolescence, is for harmlessly anarchic teenagers... Actually, there is something distinctly old-fashioned about this show, which has been a cult in America for the past 14 years. It seems stuck in the punk era or those days when the wildly original Archaos circus troupe juggled with chainsaws while riding motorbikes for the hell of it. In a rather spectacular finale, the entire audience is almost suffocated and strangled, like trapped flies, in a web of loo roll which unravels across the auditorium. At which point, my inner housewife and green goddess, having been fitfully beguiled but occasionally bored, began to rebel. I stuffed some loo paper into my handbag for recycling. Art? A joke? No, a waste of paper." The Mail on Sunday

"Inside 90 minutes the show does a spectacular job in distracting those allergic to mime from the mime that is ultimately at the deadpan centre of everything they do... The show storms the mute gamut, from toilet humour to slightly sophisticated cyber philosophy. It's Disney doing Duchamp, it's Sesame Street meets Laurie Anderson. it's a wordless art lecture that drops sweet hints about the working methods of Pollock. Klein and Jennv Holzer. But if you're phobic about arriving late at the theatre, being the stooge of a mime, paint splashing drums, vomiting, toilet paper, plastic ponchos, the inner workings of the body or Donna Summer, the show's perhaps best avoided." The Sunday Telegraph

"If your idea of entertainment doesn't include a bald man with a bright blue head having marshmallows hurled into his mouth until you think he'll be sick, this isn't for you. Certainly I thought I'd hate it - and mention of 'audience participation' made me cringe. But this madcap 'euphoric theatrical and musical journey' won me over, especially as I wasn't coaxed from my seat to be used as a human paintbrush. From a pool of six main performers, three men in blue present a programme of lunacy laced with percussion, performance art and beating out tunes on U-bend plastic drainpipes. Spectators at the front are issued with plastic coverings to protect them from various paint-splattering stunts. Not every nutty idea comes off, but mostly it's great fun for everyone except the squeamish." The Sun

Please note: This show contains strobe lighting.

Blue Man Group in London at the New London Theatre opened on 14 November 2005 and closed on 24 June 2007