Disclosure: I received complementary tickets to this event. All opinions are my own.
As you know I am a huge fan of the theater and Broadway. We always have great shows coming through Pittsburgh, but I rarely have the chance to engage the interest of one of my sons (musicals are just not their thing). I was very excited to hear that Blue Man Group was on their way back to Pittsburgh! This was my chance to expose my youngest son to the arts without boring him with a musical.
Blue Man Group is a great mix of art, music, technology, comedy, and fun; perfect for anyone in the family. Never heard of Blue Man Group? Neither had my son so he had no idea what to expect. We went through a Blue Man Group Tour By Numbers list I had before the show and it was fun to see Nathan’s reaction and speculation about what they were going to do during the show. To give you a little bit of an idea so without giving too much away, here is the Blue Man Group Tour by the Numbers
- The tour has logged 150,000 miles since launching in 2010. That is the equivalent of circling the globe 6 times!
- The national tour travels in 6 tractor trailers.
- The physical equipment used during the show weights over 60 gross tons.
- Approximately 12 crew members run the show. This includes wardrobe, props, video, sound, electrics, deck and stage management.
- The tour creates 75 loads of laundry every week (I thought I had it bad!)
- During each week of of performances they tour uses the following
- 25 drum heads, including both the band loft and stage.
- 14 cymbals are used with the drum kit.
- 24 drumsticks.
- 550 feet of piping are used to make the PVC tubed instruments.
- 50 gallons of paint.
- 32 pounds of Jell-O.
- 8 boxes of Cap’n Crunch cereal. (Nathan was very intrigued by this one)
- 96 pieces of white chocolate Toblerone.
- 240 marshmallows.
- 800 mashed up bananas
- 40 boxes of Twinkie Lights
- 9 cakes of blue makeup made specially for the Blue Man Group. They even have their own proprietary color Blue Man Blue.
- 27 bald caps.
- The Blue Man Group hold auditions throughout the year, nationally and abroad. Currently there are approximately 75 Blue Men worldwide.
- With 3,600 shows each year, over 35 million people have experienced Blue Man Group to date.
Are you curious yet? Here, I’ll tease you a little more. I thought it would be fun to ask Nathan about the show.
Q&A With a 10 Year Old
What was your favorite part of the show?
The Cap’n Crunch crunching.
What was the coolest thing they did?
When they painted with their mouth and the paint gum balls.
What was the grossest thing they did?
Put that marshmallow spit in the lady’s purse.
If you could do anything they did what would it be?
Play drums with lots of paint.
Did you learn anything?
About how my eyes work. (Personally, I learned about 100 ways to refer to my butt, including but not limited to; bum cakes, rump cakes, bounce house, jiggle twins and sonic boom, which I really thought would resonate with a 10 year old but surprisingly this was his answer!)
What did they do that made you laugh the most?
When they squirted the Twinkie juice everywhere. (I actually think this my have been where the mashed bananas come into play)
Anything else you would like to say about the show?
Thumbs up! Next time I want to sit where I need to wear a plastic bag!
Tickets and Show Info
Did we peak your interest yet? If so, the next step to experience the fun and see exactly what we are talking about is to buy your tickets before the show moves on to the next city!
BLUE MAN GROUP will play at Heinz Hall from February 23 through February 28, 2016, with performances Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.; Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Tickets ($26-$72) are available for purchase by calling (412) 392-4900, visiting the Heinz Hall Box Office, (600 Penn Avenue) or online at www.TrustArts.org. Groups of 10 or more may call (412) 471-6930, email groupsales@TrustArts.org or visit www.TrustArts.org/groupsales.
If you are still not convinced I’ll leave you with one more photo to make up your mind. My personal favorite part of the show..the best dance party ever, complete with giant bouncing balls of light!