Review: New Blue Man Group show engages modern family
It's been more than 20 years since the original Blue Man Group's debut in New York. Then, the trio -- longtime friends Matt Goldman, Phil Stanton and Chris Wink -- fused togather a unique blend of performance artistry, music, comedy and a dash of technology.
Today, there are about 60 Blue Men and more than 50 musicians who rotate into the shows throughout the United States and around the globe. There's even a production on Norwegian Cruise Line. So, how does a well-saturated pop artistry concept hold up over time?
In an age of digital distractions, the new theatrical touring production of BMG, which runs through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall, engages the audience with a fresh and forward-thinking approach while paying homage to its performance artist roots.
The LED curtain and high-resolution screen provide incredible visuals to go along with the loud tribal music and comedic routines. At one point at Tuesday night's opener at Bass Hall, giant "GiPads" drop down and the trio reveres and rebukes many of the latest trends in technology.
BMG has always been an interactive experience for the audience usually without words. So, it's interesting to note that many of the "interactions" in the new show involve lots of words. From the supertitles introducing the show to the screens on the giant GiPads to the texts between 2D animated stick figures, there was a lot of reading going on. Still, the format plays well with the younger generation who are well-versed in the digital discussion already. Aside from some minor lighting and technological glitches, Tuesday's show kept folks captivated. It's also one of the few shows that all age groups can enjoy. My 2-year-old, who took out the ear plugs and tried to eat them, was riveted by the extremely loud, boisterous and energetic show. My 11-year-old was bopping and clapping throughout the show.
In the end, Blue Man Group proves it's not past its prime. Blue Man Group Good to know: Loud music and sounds may scare little ones. Recommended ages: All Where: Bass Performance Hall, Fourth and Calhoun streets. Fort Worth When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, and Thursday, June 28; 8 p.m. Friday, June 29, and Saturday, June 30; 2 p.m. Saturday, June 30, and Sunday, July 1; 7 p.m. Sunday, July 1 Cost: $38.50-$99 Info: 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com
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