Blue Man Group to Perform in Fort Smith | Arts & Culture
“Blue Man Group,” one of America’s favorite entertainment acts, kicks off Season of Entertainment 32, sponsored by the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, with tickets now on sale for two performances.
The Group will perform on Sept. 15 and 16 at the Arkansas Best Performing Arts Center in Fort Smith, according to Stacey Jones of Fort Smith, UAFS associate vice chancellor for campus and community events.
“This is one of the largest shows that we’ve brought to the area,” Jones said. “We’re the first to be able to bring the show to a local audience.”
The critically-acclaimed “Blue Man Group” is best known for its wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts which combine music, comedy and multimedia theatrics. The performances feature three bald and blue characters who take the audience on a journey that is funny, intelligent and visually stunning. A live band accompanies the Blue Men.
Although the performers do not list themselves as mimes, Jones said there is no spoken language in the show, which makes it ideal for people of all interests and languages.
More than 17 million people have seen the group perform live. Although the group has been together for more than 20 years, they still perform to sell-out crowds in New York, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Orlando, Berlin and on tour throughout the U.S. and Canada.
The Blue Man Group performance is the first of more than a dozen events that comprise Season of Entertainment 32, according to Jones. The season is an entertainment extravaganza that packages national touring shows with concerts and productions offered by UAFS drama and music students.
“Touring shows represent the best in Broadway and stage entertainment,” Jones said. This year’s events include “Blue Man Group,” “The Midtown Men,” “102 Years of Broadway” and “Rock of Ages.”
The UAFS presentations include two jazz concerts, two Symphonic Band concerts and two choral concerts. The annual Season’s Greetings concert features multiple groups including the Symphonic Band, choral ensembles and Jazz Catz along with a few special guest performers. Theatre @ UAFS will present an original production in the fall, and “Lend Me a Tenor,” which theatre director Bob Stevenson describes as one of the funniest shows ever written, in the spring.
Jones encourages early purchase of tickets.
“We expect both ‘Blue Man Group’ performances to sell out,” he said.
Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. on Sept.15 and 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 16. Tickets for “Blue Man Group” are $55 and $52 and are available at www.ticketsage.com/uafs or at the Box Office in the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, 479-788-7300.