Production of music, theatre and painted men at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

As the lights go down, signaling the start of the show, you hear the concert hall fill with the roaring of cheers.

It may feel like a rock concert, but instead three men dressed in black hit the stage – bald and blue. Wait! Blue?

Kelly Fischer recalls this experience from a couple years ago. It’s not just another concert making its way through Calgary. It’s Broadway Across Canada’s latest production, Blue Man Group, debuting at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on March 20.

Since seeing that first Calgary performance, Fischer has seen the show two times in Calgary and a once in Germany.

“No matter how many times I see it, it never get’s old. It’s that good,” Fischer said. “I know the songs by heart, so even when it’s performed in German I get the idea.”

The half-theatre, half-concert experience has built a devout following since its humble New York beginning in 1987.

Fischer prides herself on being one of the followers. She describes the show as a truly interactive experience.

“I have had everything from confetti to guitar picks launched at me and even had to wear a splash guard at the show in Germany,” Fischer said. “I’ve also seen people dancing in the aisles.”The Blue Man Group during their interactive performance.
Photo courtesy of: The Blue Man Group

Fisher describes a particular performance where the audience was taught classic rock star moves and unleashed them throughout the concert.

“It really made you feel like you were part of the show,” she said.

Allison Richmond, another fan of the Blue Man Group, saw the show at the Venetian Hotel Resort and Casino when she was in Las Vegas.

“It is truly like nothing I’ve ever seen before,” Richmond said. “I went on the recommendation of a friend and I definitely did not regret it.”

The newest reincarnation of the classic show, soon to be seen in Calgary, is said to reinvent itself for both returning and new audiences.

A statement released by Blue Man Group said the show boasts “classic Blue Man moments as well as brand new content.” The tour also features a new physical design centering around an LED curtain and high-resolution screen.”

Fischer said, “The only way I can describe these shows is that they are putting on a performance and you get to be part of it.”

Blue Man Group performs from March 20 through March 25 at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.

Tickets are available online at www.broadwayacrosscanada.ca.

skingsmith@cjournal.ca