Have you ever seen a stage production that combines art, music, comedy and technology into one big extravaganza?
Come to think of it, I have honestly never seen or heard of such a combination until my eyes had an opportunity to witness a performance from the Blue Man Group.
Three men dressed in blue performing tricks that involve art, music, colour, comedy and technology while a live band plays in the background is something you don't see every day. And that's exactly what the Blue Man Group concert that I attended on March 21, 2017 in Cape Town was all about.
According to their official website, more than 35 million people from around the globe have watched the popular three-man concert since 1991, which has toured in more than 20 countries.
The show commences with their iconic paint drum gig which can be described as a messy, yet colourful affair.
The above-mentioned skit has the three blue men pouring different colours of paint onto each of their drums. They then perform on these instruments, leading to a splatter of colourful vibrancy – and a feast for the eyes.
Other tricks include throwing paint balls into their mouths, then spitting it onto a canvas to create a masterpiece; as well as playing tunes on pipes.
The blue men also interact with giant cell phones called Gi-Pods. In one particular instance, their silhouettes – located behind the Gi-Pods – change into various costumes; only for them to emerge on stage – a few seconds later – wearing those exact costumes.
There are also various crowd interactions, when the blue men journey into the audience in search of a volunteer. One skit involves a camera being inserted down an audience member's throat; while the men take a volunteer with them on stage to dine.
However; here's where things get gross, as the food begins spurting out from their chests in the form of a yellow paint-like liquid which they then consume once again.
Another volunteer had the opportunity to be the subject of an art piece, where the men paint the former all over with blue and hang him upside down. They then swing him against a canvas, which by some miracle actually translates into a masterpiece painting that works.
The men also interact with the audience via a teleprompter; and hilariously mock those who arrive late to the event by shinning a light on them.
The concert also makes use of technology to advance the show, such as having the men's costumes glow with lights.
The climax involves glow-in-the-dark balls and confetti swinging into the air, followed by the men closing the concert off with their signature paint drum gig.
While its main core premise of mixing art, music, colour, comedy and drums has that rare commodity appeal going for it; the Blue Man Group fails to live up to those expectations.
Besides the paint drum gig, the Gi-Pod skit and the climax – which were highlights to behold – nothing about the rest of the acts spell groundbreaking or unique.
The rest of the acts were quite average at best and will only impress a younger crowd, excluding adults.
The Blue Man Group does not know what kind of show it wants to be. Is it an art, music or comedy concert? Meshing the various genres together makes everything feel rather disjointed, as the Blue Men perform random acts that differ from one another; and the show doesn't have a clear or concise goal.
This definitely answers the question of why it's rather hard to explain to a friend in a nutshell what the show is actually about.
The slapstick humour in the production feels more geared towards kids, based on its levels of maturity.
Overall, the Blue Man Group's silly antics and disjointed acts are strictly for kids – who will no doubt enjoy the show; while the adults on the other hand will view it as a moderate experience.
Have a look at the slideshow of pictures we captured at the concert below...