The Blue Man Group show at the Sharp Aquos Theatre at Universal Orlando CityWalk opened in 2007 and competes directly with Disney’s Cirque du Soleil though the two shows are very different. Originally the Blue Man Group was located within Universal Studios Florida, which meant guests had to purchase a park admission ticket but now it is located in CityWalk.
Blue Man combines zany visual humour with outrageous theatrics and musical performances from unusual instruments including a grand piano played with a giant mallet, drumbones (pipe drums) and their signature paint filled drums. The show appeals to all ages on different levels from the lights and colour to the comedy, general mess and characters though see note about children under 3.
The whole performance is non-verbal and includes lots of paint! The show is accompanied by a live rock band who do sing. There is also the chance for audience participation.
Unlike Cirque du Soleil with a multitude of performers, the Blue Man Group is always just three main performers.
Getting to Blue Man Group
The Blue Man Group Sharp Aquos Theatre is located at the Universal Orlando Resort in between the Hard Rock Cafe and the Universal Studios theme park. Just follow the green path from the parking garage.
The theatre (Sound Stage 18) seats 1,000 guests and is accessible from both Citywalk and the two Universal theme parks.
Parking is in the usual multi-story parking garage. After 6 pm, the charge is $3 and it is $15 before 6 pm. Valet parking is available for $25.
During peak times and some weekends, there are two shows a day, usually at 6 pm and 9 pm but times do vary so check your tickets. On other days there is just one evening performance. Each show last one hour 45 minutes without an intermission. You need to arrive at least 30 minutes before show time to get seated and enjoy the pre-show.
The Blue Map Group perform seven days a week though there are a few blackout dates, usually on a Monday.
Blackout dates for 2011 are April 11, May 2, June 6, August 29, September 5, 12, 19, 26, October 3, 17, November 14 and December 12.
Dress code is informal and if you are seated in the "splash zone" it is recommended not to wear clothes that cannot be cleaned.
Note the show does include two sessions where strobe lights are used. If you are sensitive to strobe lights, contact the House Manager and they will advise you when to leave the theatre to avoid the lights.
Food is not permitted in the theatre but there are full concessions with a themed bar serving snacks, cold drinks, cocktails and a gift shop. There is also a Blue Man Group "specialty" drink, Electric Blue Lemonade, which is available in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions.
Blue Man Group Tickets
The seating inside the theatre is split into 5 zones. The first four rows are designated the “Poncho” zone (supplied free of charge) and as its name suggests this is to protect you from potential splashes from the stage including paint. There are also locations for people with special needs.
Prices start at $64 for an adult in the Red or Green zones and the most expensive tickets are $74 for the Blue and Teal (poncho) zones. Note that prices exclude live entertainment taxes and service fees.
Children between the ages of 3 and 9 can purchase a child ticket and children under the age of 3 are admitted for free as long as they sit on a parent's lap. Child seats start at $25.
Because of the percussive noises and lighting, the show is not recommended for children under the age of 3. It is at the discretion of the Box Office or Front of House Manager to admit children under the age of 3 into the theatre
Tickets are non-transferable and can be purchased up to six months in advance. Note that ticket agents will sometimes charge more than the face value of the ticket, particularly if bought close to the event date.
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With the admission ticket, you get free admission to selected CityWalk venues.
Most of the shows sell out well in advance but sometimes it is possible to buy tickets at the Box Office on the night. You can also buy tickets online through a number of ticket agencies including Universal themselves.
The Blue Man Group show was started by three performers in New York in 1987 and today they have both permanent shows like the one in Orlando and other touring shows all over the world.
The name "Blue Man" comes from the blue "skin", a unique costume where the performers (both male and female) wear black suits and are made up with blue make-up/latex faces.