After an incredibly exciting day at Universal Studios Orlando, we had the opportunity to see the Blue Man Group perform at the Sharp-Aquos Theatre located at Universal CityWalk. My husband and I have always wanted to see the production – and we love experiencing live theater as a family.
As soon as the blue-skinned trio appeared on stage, we were all intrigued by the highly creative, playfully peculiar and interactive events that unfolded. That being said, I anticipated both kids to conk out (or at least show clear signs of overstimulation/tiredness) after a full day at Universal Studios. Much to my surprise Lucia and Adrian were mesmerized for the show duration. The kids went wild for the colorful effects, paint explosions and audience interactions including flying toilet paper. Front row patrons donned protective paint splatter plastic-wear and latecomers arrived to an unexpected surprise. Adrian (3.5 years) played the air-drums in his seat for a great portion of the show, and was especially intrigued with a percussion instrument that looked like a vibraphone fashioned out of plumbing parts.
While the kiddos related to the messy cereal stuffing, flying marshmallows and of course the references to their current favorite word: butt – the Blue Man Group’s deeper premise really spoke to me. Through the use of GiPads (giant size tablets) and 2D/3D technology – the blue men comically uncover how modern devices and social media create an inherent disconnect in today’s society. The production aims to bring people together to examine their own use of technology and collectively create something much larger through interactive theater. They absolutely accomplish that. My family’s experience was incredibly entertaining and unlike any other – right down to the final moments of my husband lifting each child into giant color-changing air balloons released from the ceiling during the audience dance party.
Special thanks to Blue Man Group for providing tickets for review purposes. As always, opinions are strictly my own.