Blue Man Group Posts Closing Notices for 24 JunDate: 27 March 2007
Blue Man Group has posted closing notices at the West End’s New London Theatre. The UK premiere of the international cult hit opened on 14 November 2005 (previews from 10 November) and, three months ago (See News, 20 Dec 2006), extended its booking period through to 21 October 2007. It will now close on 24 June after a run of 19 months.
In the non-verbal piece, a blue-skinned, bald-headed trio take audiences through a multi-sensory experience combining theatre, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville. The London production was last year nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Entertainment and a Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers’ Choice Award for Best Ensemble Performance.
Blue Man Group has developed a sizeable following since its Off-Broadway debut in 1991, and the show has now been seen by over ten million people. In addition to the long-running New York production, there are now Blue Man shows in Las Vegas, Chicago, Boston, Berlin, Oberhausen, Amsterdam and, opening soon, at the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida. A separate 105-city US tour heads to Mexico and South America this summer.
The group has also released two albums, Audio and The Complex, and created installations, "happenings", "unusual ads" and a number of TV-specific performances, including ITV’s London weather bulletins (See The Goss, 16 Mar 2006). The group was founded by long-time friends Matt Goldman, Phil Stanton and Chris Wink.
Bill Taylor, CEO of Stage Entertainment UK, which produces Blue Man in the West End, commented today that the group has “brought a wonderful party atmosphere to the New London Theatre. We are very proud to have been involved with this unique form of entertainment.” No further productions have yet been announced for the New London.
- by Terri Paddock