The internationally known group, The Blue Man Group, brings their mix of music, comedy, technology to Starlight Theatre as the culminating production of the Kansas City landmark’’s 64th Broadway season, from Sept. 9-14, as part of The Blue Man Group’s North American tour.
The bald and blue trio of performers promises to bring a wildly theatrical evening of entertainment to Starlight audiences – without uttering a single spoken word, a Starlight spokesman said. The Blue Man Group marks a departure from the musical theater offerings most associated with the outdoor Broadway season.
“Blue Man Group got its start when three friends – Chris Wink, Matt Goldman and Phil Stanton – took to the streets and subways of New York City in the late 1980s donning blue makeup and black clothing. The first full-length performance of Blue Man Group began at New York’s Astor Place Theatre in 1991, and it continues to this day. In addition, resident productions in Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Orlando and on the Norwegian Epic cruise ship entertain audiences year-round,” Starlight said.
According to information provided by Starlight Theatre, one of the Blue Men coming to Starlight with the national tour has Kansas City roots. Blue Man Steven Wendt grew up near the Country Club Plaza. When his three sisters left for college, Steven and his mother moved to Kansas where he attended middle school, and later, Shawnee Mission North High School (2000-2003).
“Upon moving to Massachusetts in 2003, Steven attended his senior year of high school at Walnut Hill School for the arts in Natick, Massachusetts. He went on to attain his bachelor of fine arts degree in acting at California Institute of the Arts in 2009. Steven trained to be a Blue Man in New York and has been a Blue Man in the production at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida since March 2012. He also has performed with Blue Man Group on the Norwegian Epic cruise ship, a Starlight spokesman said.
The critically acclaimed Blue Man Group creates experiences that defy categorization, Starlight said. Blue Man Group is best known for multimedia performances that feature three bald and blue characters who take the audience on a journey that is funny, intelligent and visually stunning. A live band, with haunting tribal rhythms that help drive the show to its climax, accompanies the Blue Men.
“In order to create a touring version of our theatrical production, we knew we had a creative challenge to tackle,” said Blue Man Group co-founder Philip Stanton. “We needed to find a way to transform theatres of all shapes and sizes into spaces in which the Blue Man can intimately connect with the audience, where the audience can become engaged with the spirit of the show and the Blue Man himself. We think we have finally figured it out, and hopefully we will accomplish our goal, which is always to help audience members reconnect with their own sense of wonder and discovery, with their own sense of what is possible in their lives.”
Performances of Blue Man Group begin at 8 p.m. Dining options are available inside Starlight Theatre from snack bar items to a gourmet buffet. Tickets for Blue Man Group at Starlight Theatre range from $10 to $95. Tickets are available online through the Starlight Theatre website, by calling 816.363.STAR (7827), or at the Starlight box office at 4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City, MO 64132. Discount prices for groups of 15 or more are available by contacting the Starlight box office at 816.363.7827.