The blues are about to invade Lincoln.
The fast and furious theatrical extravaganza that is Blue Man Group will make its Lincoln debut in a five-show, three-day stop at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, Jan. 28-30. Performances are 7:30 p.m., Jan. 28; 2 and 7:30 p.m., Jan. 29; and 2 and 7 p.m., Jan. 30.
The Blue Man Group offers a theatrical experience that allows patrons to escape the ordinary and surround themselves in an explosion of comedy, music and technology. Four performances were originally booked for the Lied Center but demand was so great that in November a fifth performance was added.
The Blue Men have become regular guests on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," appeared in advertisements for Intel computers, and have permanent residences in Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, New York and Orlando. The Blue Man Group experience, however, is not confined to the United States. There have been productions in Tokyo, Toronto, and numerous European cities including Berlin, London, and Amsterdam. Millions of people of all ages and nations have seen the show, and countless numbers are repeat visitors. Although the off-Broadway production has been around since 1991, demand for the show continues to grow.
This new show marks the first theatrical production of Blue Man Group to tour North America. The theatrical tour features classic Blue Man moments as well as brand new content. Blue Man Group on tour also features a new physical design centering around a proscenium-sized LED curtain and high-resolution screen creating an entirely new visual experience for Broadway houses across the nation.
Blue Man Group is best known for multi-media performances that feature three bald and blue characters who take the audience on a journey that is funny, intelligent and visually stunning. A live band, whose haunting tribal rhythms help drive the show to its climax, accompanies the Blue Men.
"Until now, we have never mounted a touring version of our theatrical production," said Blue Man Group co-founder Philip Stanton. "The main reason for this is we needed to find a way to transform theaters of all shapes and sizes into spaces in which the Blue Man can intimately connect with the audience, where the audience can become engaged with the spirit of the show and of the Blue Man himself. We think we have finally figured it out, and an audience member in a theater that seats 4,500 people or so will now be able to enjoy the same intimate experience that might be had in one of our smaller theaters."
Tickets start at $44 for adults and $22 for students. For more information, go to http://www.liedcenter.org or call (402) 472-4747.
- Shannon McClure, Lied Center for Performing Arts
More details at: http://www.liedcenter.org