Blue Man Group comes to ASU's Gammage

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by Tami Hoey

Video report by Yetta Gibson

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 26 at 11:00 AM

TEMPE, Ariz. --  Blue Man Group returns to Tempe's ASU Gammage, and is playing now through March 2.

The colorful performance group was founded in 1987 by Chris Wink, Matt Goldman and Phil Stanton. They produce theatrical shows and concerts featuring experimental music with an emphasis on percussion, comedy and multimedia.

"It basically started way back when, with these guys who were sort of interested in the art community but weren't really satisfied with the shows they were seeing," says Mike Brown of Blue Man Group. "They wanted to create their own kind of show that they would like to see."

The performances star a trio of humanoid characters called Blue Men, played by actor-musicians who wear bald caps and uniform blue makeup. The Blue Men don't speak during the show.

The current theatrical tour features brand new content highlighted by classic Blue Man favorites. The new sound, set, and video design centering around a proscenium-sized LED curtain and high-resolution screen create an entirely new, high-impact visual experience for Broadway houses across the nation.

"This is a dream job," says  Brown. "I love it. I can't believe it. I've been doing it for ten years and it still blows my mind."

Blue Man Group has received praise from critics across the country. "Blue Man Group packs a wallop," raves The Baltimore Sun. "It's a big, loud, funny, silly, visually arresting production!"

Around the world, Brown tells us, there are 80 to 70 active Blue Men performing.

PERFORMANCES ARE:
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now at the ASU Gammage Box Office. You can purchase them by calling 480-965-3434 or via ticketmaster.com.

For more information visit: asugammage.com

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