Thrilling, entertaining, and fun. These three adjective sum up the recent performance I attended of three blue men, along with three musicians, at Briar Street Theater. Blue Man Group, a comedy, theater, rock concert, and dance party all rolled into one, is a wildly popular phenomenon that delivers an unforgettable multi-sensory experience.
Blue Man Group was founded by three longtime friends in the 1980’s as a way to celebrate the human spirit through music, science, art and theater. Chicago is one of the original homes of the Blue Man Group, which can also be seen in Las Vegas, Orlando, Boston, New York, and Berlin. The iconic, silent, inquisitive Blue Man character has remained consistent since the show’s opening, but the world he reacts to is always evolving, allowing for a production that continuously changes.
For as long as Blue Man Group has been running in Chicago, I had not seen it until recently, and it was a fantastic time.
Blue Man Group is as entertaining for adults as it is for kids, and audience participation in clapping, dancing, and tossing large inflatable balls is encouraged. And, the first five rows in the theaters are labeled “Poncho Seats” as ponchos are provided to protect audience members from elements such as paint, cereal and marshmallows from coming from the stage.
I had an absolute blast during our performance, with my favorite part being the “Rock Concert Movements” which had the entire audience out of their seats and dancing.
Blue Man Group just announced its fall schedule at Briar Street Theater and accommodates back-to-school schedules, providing nearly 60 performances between September and November. Students can receive a discounted ticket for $35 with a valid college ID, and all attendees can enjoy a free Uber ride (up to $20) to or from the Briar Street Theater upon entering the code “BLUEMANCHI” into the app!
Additionally, Blue Man Group has teamed up with the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, Autism Speaks, to modify its performance on Sunday, October 4th at 4 p.m., in order to better accommodate individuals with autism. As guests enter the theater, Blue Man Group will create a calming environment for them to enjoy, complete with bean bags, dim lighting and quiet corners for anyone seeking a sensory break from the excitement of the show. Sound levels during the performance will be reduced at select moments and noise isolating headphones will be available for individuals upon request. Tickets to this performance are available for $49, with $5 from every ticket purchased donated to Autism Speaks. For more information and tickets, visit www.blueman.com/autismspeaks.
Tickets are available from $49-$99, and 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 its website. For a full show schedule and ticket pricing, please visit www.blueman.com/chicago. Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more, varying from $46- $64 per person. Call 773.348.3300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request information.
Briar Street Theater, 3133 North Halsted Street, Chicago, Illinois
While I received complimentary tickets to facilitate this post, all opinions expressed herein are my own.