Chicago, IL â€“ Continuously renewing its productions to best resonate with audiences, Blue Man Group is adding new material to its long-running production at Chicagoâ€™s Briar Street Theatre, 3133 North Halsted. Media will be invited to a special press breakfast to experience the new passages on Thursday, March 3 from 10:30 â€“ 11:30. The new material officially debuts in Chicago March 3 at 8 p.m.
The new material places the Blue Men in a variety of new environments to discover, engage with and explore of-the-moment situations and cutting-edge technology. Much of the new content is from the companyâ€™s larger-scale productions, adapted for use in the intimate venues. Several of the signature scenes that have made Blue Man Group one of todayâ€™s best-loved theatrical productions will remain in the production, though in most cases have also been updated.
â€œAs Blue Man Group has evolved, we have taken our productions to an enormous array of venues, from 200-seat theatres to arenas and even amphitheatres across the globe. As artists, we have grown and the world around us has transformed; our new material is curated to reflect this. Weâ€™ve taken our most dynamic audience interactions and specifically put them in the venues with the most direct interaction with the Blue Menâ€ said Chris Wink, who co-founded Blue Man Group with Phil Stanton and Matt Goldman. â€œWe like to call it â€˜alternative Broadwayâ€™ â€“ a synthesis of our intimate Off-Broadway roots with the spectacle we created for our larger shows.â€
New passages include Blue Men interacting with â€œGiPads;â€ a funny and perceptive look at contemporary communication vehicles; and a pulsating new finale featuring an original Blue Man Group music score. As always, the production fuses innovative theatrical spectacle with improvisation and vaudeville-inspired comedy, art, science and irresistible original music performed by the Blue Man Group band.
â€œMany of our audienceâ€™s favorite passages, including â€˜Paint Drummingâ€™ and â€˜Gum Balls/Marshmallowsâ€™ will continue to be a part of the production,â€ added Stanton. â€œAnd, yes, the first few rows still will need to wear ponchos. But we have developed some brand new elements of the show that provide a larger-than-life, rousing, interactive experience that I hope will really speak to all cultures and give some of our most devoted fans a new reason to check us out again.â€
â€œThe heart of our show is, and always has been, the Blue Man, and his inquisitive, wide-eyed take on the world,â€ said Wink. â€œOur team of artists at Blue Man Productions has created fun, even astounding new visual aspects of the show, and our music team has given us a great new sound. We are really excited to incorporate these elements into those intimate productions where the audience has such a unique relationship with the Blue Man. â€œ
About Blue Man Group
Blue Man Group is best known for its wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts that combine music, comedy and multimedia theatrics to produce a totally unique form of entertainment. The blissful party atmosphere created at the live events has become the trademark of a Blue Man Group experience. Currently, Blue Man Group theatrical shows can be seen in New York, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Orlando, Berlin, Tokyo, and on tour throughout the U.S. Blue Man Group can also be seen onboard the new Norwegian Epic by Norwegian Cruise Line â€“ the Official Cruise Line of Blue Man Group.
Blue Man Groupâ€™s appeal is multi-generational, with several projects specifically designed for young people, including â€œMaking Waves,â€ a popular touring exhibit for children, and the recently launched national â€œInvent an Instrumentâ€ competition. The companyâ€™s music, featuring custom made instruments and signature, percussive sound, can be heard on five albums, including the Grammy-nominated â€œAudio,â€ as well as various film and television projects. As the company grows, it remains true to its vision of providing exciting experiences in a variety of media, appealing to a broad range of age groups and cultural backgrounds. Learn more at www.blueman.com.
BLUE MAN GROUP CHICAGO TICKET INFORMATION
Ticket prices are $69 and $64 for main floor and $59 for left balcony and $49 for right balcony. Tickets may be purchased at the Briar Street Theatre by calling the box office at (773) 348-4000; by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787; at all Ticketmaster ticket centers or via the Internet at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit www.blueman.com.