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Domenik Jost
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New Blue Man Group show debuts at Universal Orlando

Published: February 23, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Tomorrow is the official debut premiere of the all-new Blue Man Group show at the Universal Orlando's Sharp Aquos Theater, next door to Universal Studios Florida. Back in January, Universal Orlando announced that the Blue Man Group show was getting a makeover. So just a few weeks ago, the original run of Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando ended after four years. The upgrades to the show include new music, new technology, and new show elements. We got to see an abridged version of the new show and it didn't disappoint. From the second you walk into the theater it feels fresh and new.

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Giant balloon balls hang from the ceiling, and a giant projection screen on stage greets guest. The new makeover included an upgrade of the technology used for the show. Once the big white screen lifted off the front of the stage there are LED screens that line the entire back wall of the stage from side to side.

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Another set of smaller LED screens are on lifts and move up in front of the bandstands on the top left and right side of the stage, and down to the stage floor. To top it off, there are three more high resolution LED's that can move all around the stage. The new show showcases our society's obsession with cutting-edge technology. So in good ol' Blue Man fashion, the show started with the Blue Men getting a call from the "GiPad", like Gigantic iPad, customer service.

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Like the saying goes, "there's an app for that", and the Blue Men have fun with exploring the apps that appear larger than life. The show also brings back signature moments that we have come to love about the BMG shows in a fresh updated way. The new show is even more energetic and electrifying than the previous one. The entire show is very colorful and filled with big musical numbers, from the Blue Men's solos on their drums to the full band chiming in to feeling like you are at a rock concert. There is plenty of audience interaction involved throughout the performance, and watch out you may be brought up on stage by the Blue Men to help them with some "tasks".

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The show builds from beginning to end and really ends with a bang. The show goes from comedy, to informational, to a rock concert, into an entire rave party at the end. The new finale puts together everything that people love about BMG and by the end you will find yourself in the middle of a gigantic rave party.

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During the finale, the big balloon balls drop from the ceiling and light up with colors, white paper flies off the rolls into the crowd, lights going on everywhere in all colors, and the place has transformed into a dance party. Once the music stops, the party is over (unfortunately), and the BMG wanted their balls back.

Blue Man Group has this unique ability to connect with people of all ages and walks of life. It's something that makes it special and I can definitely recommend this show to everyone. Everything is family friendly, though it may be too much for smaller kids to understand everything in the show (but they will sure laugh and have fun). If you have seen the old show, great, go see the new one, you won't regret it. If you have never seen it, it's a great introduction to the world that is Blue Man Group. The best way to describe this show would be it's like Broadway meets Rock Concert. The new show was refreshing, fun, thrilling, and I would definitely go see it again. This is in my opinion the best Blue Man Group show to date. For tickets, showtimes, and more information visit Universal's website.

Replies (2)

Will Chilcote

Published: February 23, 2012 at 2:26 PM

love Blue Man. Saw them in Las Vegas. Its a great addition to Universal.
Mark Hollamon

Published: February 26, 2012 at 7:33 AM

My wife and I saw the first version of the BMG here at USF and I have to report we both personally were very disappointed. The show had very few funny parts and it seemed to drag on.

I am interested in attending the updated version to see if they hit the mark better this time, but only if I can obtain some heavily discounted tix.

My own personal opinion to future vacationers is your entertainment dollar is better spent seeing La Nouba. Sure it costs significantly more than BMG tix, but you get what you pay for. I have seen La Nouba 6 or 7 times and have always left the theater energized and completely satisfied. You can also receive 25% off cat 2 seats if you are a WDW Passholder at the present time. Great value!

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