Situated in the tiny Astor Place Theater, the New York version of the Blue Man Group was something very different from the show we had seen in Las Vegas.
As with the Venetian presentation, the Blue Man Group put on a fantastic and entertaining show, one that obviously shared many roots with the Vegas version, but there were also some differences as well.
As I said in my review of the Venetian, "Rarely do you see such intelligent, imaginative, and visually stunning entertainment that is fun, challenging, and communicative - all without a single word spoken."
However, the Venetian is in a very large venue. By way of comparison, Astor Place is a "tiny" basement venue, 13 seats wide with an aisle down the center, a converted residence, I believe. There's a main level and a mezzanine, with the front row of the mezzanine being fairly close to the stage. The entire theater exudes an air of intimacy that is completely different from the Venetian, and let me tell you, it adds something to the show.
The performers are well known for making the show an immersive, audience-involving experience, but at the Venetian, you kind of have to "luck out" to have them get close to you. We had poncho seats and were located in a way that we did luck out at that show, great for the kids, but I would imagine most of the Venetian crowd missed out on that. Here, however, was very different. Even just walking down the center aisle, they're only about six or seven seats away at most. Further, there are parts of the show where they're walking on seatbacks, and there's something about having a guy negotiating the seatbacks and being close enough to fall on you that really highlights the coziness of the performance.
From a practical point of view, Astor Place Theater is small and cramped. We were in the first row of the mezzanine and found that there was virtually nothing to prevent the bottled drinks we had purchased from rolling or getting inadvertently kicked off the edge. The railing consisted of some basic steel bars. On the plus side, that arrangement also provided an unobstructed view of below, including the audience. The rows and seats are tight, and restroom facilities are minimal at best. We were thankful that we didn't have to try to use them during the performance. I would strongly suggest that you come prepared, visit the restroom somewhere prior to getting to the theater, and make sure you're not going to have a full bladder during the performance. Even though annoying, these minor inconveniences are offset by the superb performance.
Easily reached by subway. Highly recommended.
The men who perform are very talented musically. I loved their facial expressions and body language. I sat in the splash zone and got bananas, etc. on me. I don't know if you have to sit in the first rows to have the most fun, though. Also, these guys (or other Blue men) tour around the country, so you can wait for them to come to you. Funny, unique, and enjoyable entertainment.
My mother, grandma and I went to the snow. We were all laughing the whole time. GREAT for all age groups! This is a great show. I take my hat of for them... thank you for having us.
an amazing experience, so much fun, i went with my friends, and we wanted to take ove of them home. the performers were so talented, and friendly after teh show. One advice do not wear white and be prepared to get blue...
Pros: great fun, unique
Cons: a little to splashy
I took my neice and nephew to see Blue Man Group and had a fabulous time! The Blue Guys are very cool with a lot of surprises through out the show. The show isn't too long so your attention is not lost. The theatre is in a great neighborhood downtown so that is a PLUS too.
Pros: fun, unique, good for kids
Great show that was funny for kids and adults. Our family found it to be more enjoyable than the Lion King.