Blue Man Group, the critically hailed theatrical phenomenon, announces the 2014 Blue Man Group open casting call scheduled for Tuesday, November 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Briar Street Theatre (3133 N. Halsted Street). The Blue Man Group casting department is searching for talented performers with a unique combination of qualities to be a Blue Man for existing and upcoming productions and multimedia projects in Orlando, Las Vegas, Boston and Chicago.
Blue Man Group, best known for multimedia performances that feature three bald and blue characters, blends innovative theatrical spectacle and dynamic original music with hilarious comedy, art, technology and science to create a performance experience unlike any other. The Blue Man cast features performing artists with a diverse mix of disciplines: classically-trained actors, rock musicians and dancers.
“Casting and training Blue Men is always a bit of an exploratory adventure,” said Manager of Casting and Training Tasha Van Auken. While there are, of course, certain base skills and physical requirements we look for, what I look forward to is discovering the wonderful oddities that make each person distinctly who they are.”
The Blue Man Group open casting calls have been instrumental in finding the next generation of wide-eyed explorers of contemporary civilization. In a recent Chicago open casting call, a local, Nick Rush, auditioned and now performs as one of the ever-curious and creative Blue Men at the Briar Street Theatre.
What does it take to be a Blue Man? Blue Man is an egoless, genderless being. Male and female performers are encouraged to audition. All necessary audition equipment will be provided. The basic criteria for Blue Man performers are:
- Height between 5’10” and 6’1” tall (athletic build)
- Drumming skills / musicianship are an advantage, but a good sense of rhythm is a must.
- Excellent acting skills. Strong candidates frequently have backgrounds in physical theater and improvisation. Candidates are compelling and genuine nonverbal storytellers. They must thrive in a constantly evolving team environment on and off stage.
- Willingness to relocate
About Blue Man Group
Blue Man Group is a unique and thrilling multi-sensory experience that fuses innovative theatrical spectacle and powerful original music with hilarious comedy to create a performance experience unlike any other. The iconic, silent, inquisitive Blue Man character has remained consistent since the show’s opening, but the world he reacts to is continuously changing, allowing for a production that continuously evolves. One of the world’s most popular theatrical productions, today’s Blue Man Group is a blend of signature material that has been in the show since the opening, as well as newer passages that examine the influence of technology on today’s world with a funny and perceptive look at contemporary communication vehicles. The performance then closes with a pulsating finale that has audiences up and out of their seats, featuring an original Blue Man Group music score.
Chris Jones from the Chicago Tribune gave the show a Four Star rating and said the material was “brilliantly revamped” and “truly joyous.” After seeing the new material, Hedy Weiss for the Chicago Sun-Times wrote, “The show's creators have cleverly updated the production with new wizardry while retaining its essential mind-set.” Chicago Parent editor Tamara L. O'Shaughnessy said “the coolest blue guys in Chicago just got cooler.”
Currently, Blue Man Group theatrical shows can be seen in New York, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Orlando, Berlin and on tour throughout the U.S. Blue Man Group can also be seen onboard the Norwegian Epic by Norwegian Cruise Line – the Official Cruise Line of Blue Man Group.
The company’s music, featuring custom made instruments and signature, percussive sound, can be heard on five albums, including the Grammy-nominated “Audio,” as well as
various film and television projects. As the company grows, it remains true to its vision of providing exciting experiences in a variety of media, appealing to a broad range of age groups and cultural backgrounds.
BLUE MAN GROUP TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets are available from $49-$99. Tickets may be purchased at the Briar Street Theatre by calling the box office at (773) 348-4000; by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787; at all Ticketmaster ticket centers or via the Internet at www.ticketmaster.com/bluemanchicago. For more information, visit www.blueman.com/chicago.
Blue Man Group Chicago Open Casting Call at the Briar Street Theatre (3133 N. Halsted St.) Tuesday, November 11 – 10 a.m. – 4p.m.