What can you say about a show that starts off by giving every audience member free paper, flies through musical PVC pipes and creative uses for marshmallows and captain crunch, and climaxes with a giant psychadellic room-shaking rave-like party? Craaaazy...
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First off, let me say that I'm not advocating anything to anyone - what consenting adults do with their own lives is their own business - so with that said, let me just make this comment: Whatever your drug of choice may be, take lots of it before you see this show! The creators of Blue Man Group must have been on a wild trip when they conceived this production, and as a member of the audience you will be swept right along with them, ready or not - so you may want to be ready. (Not that I'm advocating anything...)
Blue Man Group started as an avant-garde off-broadway production and has now, many years and incarnations later, become an avant-garde Las Vegas production. It still retains most of the off-beat humor and visuals of the original, and it's unlike anything else ever seen in Vegas! The core of the show is three men covered in bright blue makeup and plain brown clothes. They proceed without a word - using slight, quizzical movements as if they're aliens from another planet attempting to understand the environment in which they have found themselves. The irony is, that's much the same feeling the audience has after about 20 minutes of watching them.
The show takes the form of individual scenes that alternate comedic vignettes with driving, percussive music led by the blue men on their strange homemade instruments. The early scenes are straight from the original show, and that's where the only problem presents itself. The subtle body movements and expressions that make the show so funny and worked well in small off-broadway theaters just don't play to the back of a 1,200 seat showroom. They try to solve the problem by projecting some of the scenes onto a big screen, but it still leaves much to be desired - and it's the only reason this show gets four stars instead of five. I strongly recommend getting your tickets early to get near the front. It makes a huge difference through the first half of the show.
Fortunately, the second half adds new scenes produced just for Las Vegas that make use of the spacious showroom and easily reach the back rows, including a giant neon sign that comes to life with startling realism and some creepy lessons in optical illusions. No matter where you end up sitting, this show is hilarious and the music is fantastic. It clearly had some people in the audience confused, but that's what makes it so great - it challenges your pre-conceived notions about theater, music, and especially twinkies. Isn't that just what you've always wanted?
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