Universal Orlando teases new Blue Man Group theater

Posted Wednesday, March 7, 2007 11:10 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Blue Man Group, the three-man performing-arts troupe known for its colorful musical shows, will give its first performance June 7 from a specially designed 1,000-seat theater at Universal Orlando. Universal's investment in the permanent stage for the group underscores the theme park's belief that live shows are an important part of tourism entertainment.

Read more from Florida Today.

Blue Man Group theater rendering

Blue Man Group theater exterior

Wednesday, March 7, 2007 4:59 PM
Can't wait, I'll be seeing them a week from Sunday here in Dayton! As far as the Universal theatre I was sort've surprised that it will only seat 1,000. Granted, I know they have a firm grip on what they feel is a sufficiently sized theatre for BMG, but I just seemed to think it would seat more around 3,000 - 4,000.

Anyway, glad to see things coming along well for them at USO.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2007 5:24 PM
Jeff's avatar I'll be at the Dayton show as well.

I'll also be at opening night for the Orlando show. Honestly, a thousand seats is plenty. I think that's the size at The Venetian, and bigger than that would harm the experience I think. It appears that overall the set is a variation on that.

I just wish they'd consider integrating some of the music with singers into their stage shows. Don't get me wrong, they're great fun, but having singers as they do on the arena tour, doing stuff from The Complex, I think it's a more interesting show.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2007 5:33 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar What kind of losers go see BMG? ;)

Oh wait, I'll be at the Dayton show too. Gee, thanks Jeff.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2007 6:18 PM
Less than 20 days until the show in Detroit (Auburn Hills).
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Thursday, March 8, 2007 8:42 AM
Anyone else think that platform in the middle back looks like an elevator.

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Thursday, March 8, 2007 12:45 PM
The Mole's avatar 7th row, seats 9-10 at the Dayton show. Stop by and say hi/hit me in the face for all the stupid things I've done!

Stomp Your Feet
Clap Your Hands
Come on!

Actually, the back platform you see is only HALF of it, as the stage is just the right side. That's the band loft. Looks to be a clone of the Toronto show since that one closed up. No Rods and Cones, but still looks cool. I heard new, more family friendly material will be added, which is kinda sad, I miss the good ole days where they mentioned mindf---k and other fun dark topics like ART FISH!

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Thursday, March 8, 2007 1:41 PM
Jeff's avatar It could just as easily be the Vegas stage. I don't know where people get that they can't do Rods and Cones. There isn't anything about the stage that dictates whether or not they can perform that song.
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Thursday, March 8, 2007 6:54 PM
The Mole's avatar I agree, jeff, it's possible, but BMG now tends to do shows in clusters, with matching set designs and set lists. And it's possible it's also the Vegas show, but I just put two and two together that they just closed one show with the same sized stage, and that they're moving the stuff to Orlando. Anything now is heresy.
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Thursday, March 8, 2007 9:40 PM
Jeff's avatar But if the instruments can fit in my living room, they can do the song in my living room. Any conclusions made otherwise are baseless.
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Friday, March 9, 2007 2:44 AM
Here are my reasons why Rods and Cones most likely cannot be done at Orlando:In an interview with artistic director Puck at Blue Man Library, he said the show would likely be modeled after the Toronto show. The stage in the above diagram is the same as the Toronto/London/Amsterdam/Berlin stage, all without Rods and Cones. However, Berlin (I'm talking about the newer, smaller former IMAX theater) retained the spinning zoetropes from Rods and Cones.Rods and Cones has only been performed at venues with large stages, which to date is three (Luxor, Venetian, and Potsdamer de Platz.) All of the bigger stages allow for a seven-man band (4 percussionists, 3 string players) to back up the Blue Men. Rods and Cones wouldn't be right without all of them. The 2-loft design (which has been confirmed) is for a 4-piece band (2 percussion, 2 string). The piece is a visual spectacle (as indicated by the name) done on a big stage with a large band. Orlando will not have a big stage or large band. It's not just the backpack tubulums that take up the space.What I really hope that Orlando still has a chance to be unique with is the Utne Wire Man piece. So far, all of those have been copies at smaller venues, with only (again) Luxor, Venetian, and Potsdamer de Platz having unique designs.
*** This post was edited by Krillinish 3/9/2007 2:47:03 AM ***
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Friday, March 9, 2007 9:37 AM
Jeff's avatar /me smacks forehead

Nothing you posted indicates they can't perform the song. You also can't say whether or not it's a big stage based on a rendering with no measurements.

Blue Man fans are worse than coaster enthusiasts when it comes to making ridiculous conclusions out of thin air.

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Friday, March 9, 2007 2:24 PM
They're not conclusions. Those were my reasons why it likely can't be done. Also, the same stage in the picture is the same exact stage (right half, at least) that was built FOUR times in Toronto, London, Amsterdam, and Berlin. I would say that's good basis of how big the stage is, no?

EDIT: Also, those 4 that I mentioned are the most 4 most recent cities they've set up a show at. This isn't something I particularly like about Blue Man. I really wish they would all be unique like they did with their first 4 venues in New York, Boston, Chicago, and Las Vegas, but that just hasn't been the trend for the past few years.
*** This post was edited by Krillinish 3/9/2007 2:27:31 PM ***

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Saturday, March 10, 2007 12:45 AM
Jeff's avatar But you're saying you can't golf because chair and elephant. You can perform Jesus Christ Superstar in a room with a dozen chairs if you want. They managed to record Rods and Cones on a CD, with no stage at all! The venue is irrelevant. They can do whatever they want.
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