Haley's birthday was very blue!
Not blue because she was sad, but blue because we had the opportunity to go to Orlando and see the infamous Blue Man Group.
Our show was scheduled to begin at 6pm, so we arrived at Universal City Walk by 5pm, had some snacks and drinks, and then went to pick up our tickets at Will Call.
Walking up to the box office the #TampaTrio was getting so excited by all the colorful paint inspired signs that they were seeing!
We picked up our tickets and saw that we were in row BB. I had no idea where that was and thought maybe it was in the 28th row with A-Z being the first 26 rows, and then starting up with double letters for rows behind that.
I was wrong.
We were in the 2nd row. Which is considered the "splash zone" and they provided us with ponchos. As you can tell from the photo, they also serve food and drinks at the show. The kids each had a Churro (their favorite amusement park snack) and James and I each had an adult beverage.
The show has a very strict NO CAMERA, NO PHONES, NO SOCIAL MEDIA SHARING, so I happily turned my devices off. I was there to #pushawaythescreen, so it made it even easier to just say NO!
The show started with the BANG of drums, and didn't let up the entire time! They are more than musicians though. At one point during the early part of the show, one of the Blue Men popped open a bag of marshmallows and tossed a few ordinary marshmallows into the audience. Then, Blue Man One takes his position about 20 feet from Blue Man Two, reaches into the bag, takes aim and arcs one right into Blue Man Two's open mouth. The feat earns a smattering of applause. But the Blue Men are just getting started. Rocking to a drum beat, Blue Man One tosses another one to Blue Man Two. And another. And another. Each marshmallow lands in Blue Man Two's mouth, with his cheeks bulging, and eyes widening! The applause turns to hoots and hollers and the audience counts along, 19, 29, 21, 22, 23.
After a pause to shove these back, he's ready for more. After 35 or so direct hits, Blue Man Two ends the ceremony by recycling the slobbery white mass as a free-form sculpture. It looks like a pile of cream cheese, but it's art.
And this is when he held it out on his hands....offering it to the audience, looking at my son Ronin as he did this.
So what do you think Ronin did?? HE CLIMBED THE STAIRS, GOT ON THE STAGE AND TOOK THE SLOBBERY SCULPTURE FROM BLUE MAN TWO'S OUTSTRETCHED HANDS!! And walked back down the stairs, smiling and laughing....so proud of the white wet masterpiece.
Special thanks to the Blue Man Group for taking this photo and sending it to us!
I immediately took off my poncho, met Ronin at the stairs, wrapped the sculpture in it, placed it under my seat, grabbed Ronin's hands and we quickly exited the theater to head to the bathroom.
After a hand wash, and a good laugh, we went back to head to our seats where we learned that we were locked out of the theater because the Blue Men were doing an act that couldn't be disturbed!
I understood, but Ronin did not. He was upset. Not throwing himself on the floor crying upset, but bummed out because he was missing the show. It was at this point that the Show Manager came out and asked if this was the boy who had gone on stage for the sculpture. I said "yes, this his him." And he proceeds to tell us that in the HISTORY OF THE SHOW NO ONE HAS EVER TAKEN THEM UP ON THEIR OFFER TO TAKE THE SCULPTURE.
The manager proceeds to tell us that he'd like to have our family meet some of the Blue Man Group and band members after the show, and he gives us a designated meeting spot.
Say what??? He also tells us that the sculpture is not made of marshmallows, but rather of SOMETHING ELSE!! Yuck, not that it wasn't gross enough with marshmallow, but to learn that it was something else, something secret, super gross and that he's going to send someone to pick it up from us before the show's end.
The doors re-opened and back we went to our seat. We made it through the rest of the show, and it was fantastic. The music was lively and the beat was contagious.
There was only one negative (though James considers it a positive) and that is that we did not get sprayed with paint or water, or ANYTHING! I guess that's good since I had my poncho wrapped up with a mystery substance sculpture, but the kids were pretty disappointed. They were hoping to get MESSY!
But their disappointment quickly turned to smiles! If you look closely in my hand, you can see the white mystery substance sculpture all wrapped up in my poncho!
We got to meet TWO members of the Blue Man Group, including the one who made the Marshmallow/Mystery Substance Sculpture, and he gave to Ronin a REMO DRUM HEAD THAT HE HAD USED IN THE SHOW!!
We also got to meet Kevin, one of the drummers in the group and he gave the kids a quick drumming lesson. I spent the rest of the evening listening to Ella play "her sticks" on various objects throughout Universal City Walk. She's actually pretty good. She certainly has an ear for music.
Overall we all had a night that we will not soon forget! It was a great way for us to laugh together and Push Away the Screen.
Have you ever seen the Blue Man Group??
Disclaimer: Our family was provided with 5 tickets to see and review the show. All opinions are ours.