Thursday, January 9, 2014
They speak not a word, yet audiences worldwide gather to see them.
Augusta will soon be part of that experience, when the Blue Man Group comes to Augusta’s Bell Auditorium on Jan. 14 and 15.
The Blue Man Group is a trio of blue-painted men.
Tickets to see them are $55, $60 and $65.
The show runs at 7:30 p.m. each day.
The Blue Man Group uses music and technology to entertain.
The only words audiences will witness are those that flash on the show’s screens.
“We wanted to inspire creativity in both our audiences and ourselves,” co-founder Matt Goldman stated on the group’s website. “We wanted to speak ‘up’ to the intelligence of our audience members while reaching ‘in’ to their childlike innocence. We wanted to create a special kind of organization, a place where people continually learn and grow and treat each other with just a little more consideration than is usually evident out in the ‘real world.’ We wanted to recombine influences to create something new. And we wanted to have a good time doing it.”
Goldman began the movement with Phil Stanton and Chris Wink in the late ’80s.
Since then, the Blue Men Group has been in movies and on TV. It has traveled nationwide and worldwide.
The members themselves have come from Scotland, New York, London and North Carolina, according to the official website.
Goldman is from Massachusetts where he graduated from Clark University.
The Blue Man Group opened in 1991 at New York City’s Astor Place Theatre.
“The first time we got bald and blue, we knew instantly it was something very special,” Goldman stated. “And it was so freeing, because it wasn’t us. Our own egos were gone.”
Many men have dipped themselves into the Blue Man Group universe, as auditions are held regularly in major U.S. cities.
Three of the men are often put together for the show.
“Once you strip away the hair, the skin tone, the gender, the ears and have no particular style of clothing, what’s left?” Goldman stated. “It’s really the rawest, purest form of what’s essentially human.”
The men will travel to Texas after their Augusta appearance.
“Blue Man Group was (in Augusta) in February 2011, and it was a fantastic show,” Katie Cason, marketing director, said. “It is like nothing else you’ve ever seen.”
The Bell Auditorium is at 712 Telfair St., Augusta.
For more information on the Blue Man Group, visit www.blueman.com.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call 1-877-428-4849 or visit www.augustaentertainmentcomplex.com.