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“The Blue Man Group” originally came out when my kids, were kids. We never could afford tickets to take our kids but thanks to The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Steel City Mom we finally got the chance to see grown men painted blue acting like clowns and playing some of the strangest percussion instruments I’ve ever seen.
The show started strong with comedy and we never stopped laughing or smiling. There is no intermission so the cheeks hurt a bit, upper and lower and the BMG played on that at the end of the show. Two “members of the audience” were chosen to help out and the guys did creep some people out by climbing into the audience and over them as well at times. The first 6 to 10 rows went home a bit wet and paint spattered too. There were some acts that Gallagher would be proud of.
The music was not too loud as there were a lot of kids there as well as some older folks as well but it was enough to feel the bass drums they used during the night and the accompanying musicians.
There are a total of eight “Blue Men” so they switch out often, sometimes you can tell but a lot of times not, and eight musicians. The music was good and interesting the visuals were captivating and funny, colorful and vivid.
The comedy throughout the show and even before (with the use of red led side boards) was entertaining for the entire audience. The seven year olds and the seventy year old all had something to enjoy. From prat-falls to some innuendo laden humor and even a trip down a gentlemen’s gullet by webcam are included.
After two hours of sitting on your butt laughing and clapping they finished the show with the only vocal number that is a musical tribute to your butt. Your “other face”, “music maker”, “bedonkadonk”, “gludious maximus” and yes your butt. The BMG asked everyone to stand and shake their “money maker” and after five minutes of dancing and moving they threw out six of the biggest lighted beach balls and the whole house was truly a rock concert.
Tissue paper and streamers and giant beach balls were an awesome way to end an awesome show.
BLUE MAN GROUP will play at Heinz Hall from February 23 through February 28, 2016, with performances Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.; Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Tickets ($26-$72) are available for purchase by calling (412) 392-4900, visiting the Heinz Hall Box Office, (600 Penn Avenue) or online at www.TrustArts.org. Groups of 10 or more may call (412) 471-6930, email groupsales@TrustArts.org or visit www.TrustArts.org/groupsales.
BLUE MAN GROUP is a season special part of the 2015-2016 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony, and Broadway Across America. For more information about the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, please call (412) 456-6666 or visit www.TrustArts.org.