There's an oddity with the seating in the Blue Man Group theater. For most shows, the closer you want to sit to the front, the more your tickets are going to cost. As a general rule, this is true with the Blue Men, but for some reason the first five rows, also known as the Poncho Zone, are considered second tier. I was concerned that perhaps these seats were below stage level, and thus didn't give a good view of the stage, but we sat in the front row and had a perfect view. The only thing that was a little hard to see were the electric message boards up at the top of the theater. I wish they had been harder to see.
As I mentioned before, the first five rows of the theater are called the poncho zone. When you arrive at your seat, there is a plastic poncho waiting on it for you to put on. These things are not all that comfortable, and they make you really hot, so unless you are sitting in the very front row, towards the middle part, I wouldn't bother with it. Of course, that's exactly where we were sitting, so we dutifully put ours on, but even in the prime spray zone, I probably wouldn't bother wearing it again. Please keep in mind though that this advice is coming from someone whose normal attire wouldn't really be worsened by a complete dousing. If you normally wear Armani suits or Gucci dresses, and you still bought tickets in something called The Poncho Zone, then you're on your own.
The show itself is unique, but the good news is that it's broad enough to appeal to all ages. The basic part of the show is full of visual effects and comedy bits that are easy to grasp, and entertaining enough to hold the interest of the younger generation. As an example, my kids can tell you that at one point, a Blue Man caught and held 41 marshmallows in his mouth. That's plenty entertaining for the youngsters, but the adults would have seen the deeper meaning in...ummm....well to be honest I was counting marshmallows with my kids. I'm sure there was lots of symbolism and underlying meaning though. Maybe go ask the people in the Armani suits and the Gucci dresses.
|Trying out the BMG pipes in the gift shop|
If you can though, I highly suggest the front row. Not only will your kids be able to see, but for the grand finale of the show, the front is exactly where you want to be.