• Manila gears up for ‘Blue Man’ invasion

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    Spot the Blue Man trio

    Spot the Blue Man trio

    For two weeks the worldwide phenomenon known as the Blue Man Group, will bring their comedy, theatre, rock concert, and dance party to Manila. Comprised of three bald and blue performers, the Blue Man Group is well known for their unique brand of techno color entertainment. Their world tour has already made its stops in Singapore, Macau, and come September, they make their mark on Manila.

    The “Blue Man” name was chosen to evoke the word “human” and is all about the colorful celebration of life.

    Phil Stanton, co-founder of the group, recalls how it all started in an interview, “We were three very close friends interested in finding our own voice through performance while exploring our various interests such as music, comedy, performance and fine art, as well as pop culture”. That was 25 years ago.

    “We were living in a time of emerging digital technologies that had the potential to greatly bring people around the world closer, but also had the potential to alienate, and it seemed to beg the question: “What is essentially human?” Though we were not necessarily conscious of it at the time, we landed on three main areas: that people have the need to explore their own individual creativity through life; they need to continue to be curious; and that they need to feel part of a community,” he shared.

    The performance that centered on the curious, innocent, Blue Man character turned out to be a groundbreaking performance that left audiences awed. To date, they’ve played to over 35 million people across more than 20 countries and even have permanent shows in Las Vegas, New York, Orlando, Boston, Chicago and Berlin.

    Other interesting numbers to digest – during one week of performances the Blue Man relies on 32 pounds of Jell-O, 8 boxes of Cap’n Crunch cereal, 96 pieces of white chocolate Toblerone, 240 marshmallows and 40 boxes of Twinkie Lights (don’t worry — each Twinkie has just 130 calories!).

    The tour also relies on 25 drum heads, 14 cymbals, 24 drumsticks, 50 gallons of paint, 27 bald caps, and 9 cakes of proprietary “Blue Man Blue” colored makeup specially made for the trio.

    Despite the absence of spoken dialogue, the Blue Man Group keeps audiences mesmerized during its show with a fully immersive audio-visual experience complete with electrifying music, state-of-the-art technology, an enthralling live band and its signature interactive, audience experiences.

    When asked what he considers the group’s best show yet, Stanton replied, “Our best show is the one audiences will see right here in Manila. We are continually honing our brand of stagecraft to finding the best expression of that original voice. The show they will see incorporates all we have learned, and represents our most up-to-date show in terms of the character’s unique fresh take on the way we all live today,” he enthused.

    Presented by Globe Telecom, the Manila leg of Blue Man Group’s world tour goes onstage at The Theater at Solaire from September 14 to 25, and is produced by Blue Man Productions Ltd, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions Ltd and Concertus Manila.

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