See the world in the eyes of the ‘Blue Man’

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Michael Rahhal is a Blue Man performer for eight years already

Michael Rahhal is a Blue Man performer for eight years already

Humankind these days are being consumed by modern comforts and excessive habits brought about by technology. But not the Blue Man.

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As the pivotal character of the international stage production of the same name, the Blue Man does not have a “functional understanding of technology,” and as such, is able to view the world in a “strange but loving perspective.”

This was how Michael Rahhal described the Blue Man at a pocket interview where the show’s Manila leg come September was officially announced.

To be staged at The Theatre at Solaire in Pasay City as part of an ongoing world tour, the show features three bald men—who are of course painted blue. Their performance, filled with elements of science, music, comedy and visual effects, can be best described as “unique and captivating.”

First seen onstage in New York in 1991, the Blue Man Group has evolved throughout the years to adapt to modern times. This, Rahhal, testifies to as a Blue Man performer for the past eight years.

“It’s always a surprise that as the world changes, the show evolves as well. It has become even more relevant today what with all this technology. The world needs a blue man because he is the filter for all of this strange technology,” he shared. “He helps me to look at things in my life in a different way.”

With an ambiguity, the Blue Man Group uses loud music, funny acts, and even everyday things as tools for communication

With an ambiguity, the Blue Man Group uses loud music, funny acts, and even everyday things as tools for communication

To give a better understanding of the character, a Blue Man neither speaks nor smiles. He carries an ambiguity and yet is able to connect with this audience. He uses loud music, funny acts, and even everyday things as tools for communication.

All these make up for one immersive and explosive show onstage, which can change in different locations too.

Rahhal explained, “What happens to us is that the audience is the greatest catalyst of the show. They always bring a different kind of energy, those who interact with us on the stage. This makes it different everywhere we go even if generally follow a script.”

The Blue Man Group is a result of its creators’— Chris Wink, Matt Goldman and Phil Stanton—need to feel young and carefree once again.

Rahhal recalled, “They were living in New York City and they just wanted to find that sense of joy, the childlike sense of wonder, and the capacity to be surprised. And [so]they wanted to create something that will express that and share that.”

He added, “They had a lot of crazy ideas and they did not listen to anyone who told them not to quit their day jobs. They took a lot of risks and just focused on their goal.”
Thus, the Blue Man Group was born.

Since then, it has had permanent shows in New York, Las Vegas, Orlando, Chicago, Boston and Berlin, as well as a touring production in North America. This year, the show marks its 25th anniversary with a world tour which includes Manila as one of its stops.

Producer and CEO of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, James Cundall said, “I have been trying to get this cooler-than-cool show to Manila since I first saw it years ago, and I am so excited that we have finally succeeded!”

Cundall, who is also the man behind the successful and recently concluded run of Les Miserables in Manila, enthused, “I know it will be the talk of Manila and around the South East Asia region when audiences finally get to experience this innovative, playful, colorful spectacle.”

Partnering with Lunchbox Theatrical Productions to bring the Blue Man Group to Manila are Blue Man Productions Ltd. and Concertus Manila.

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