If it had not been for the Lutcher Theater excepting a last minute engagement of “Cats” last year, the “Blue Man Group” might not have been scheduled for this year. “It’s booked out solid. There are no dates available. It’s really hard to get,” said Jim Clark, director of the Lutcher Theater. The agent for “Cats” was the same as for the “Blue Man Group” so that was a stipulation Clark put on booking Cats. “If we’re gonna add the show we want to be on the list to get Blue Man Group this year.”

The agent said she would see what she could do. Originally the Lutcher was given three dates for the show, and then they had to give one back. Want to know how to get a third date back? Sell out the first two shows with no promotion.

“We didn’t even advertise it at all,” said Lynae Sanford, marketing manager for the Lutcher Theater. It hadn’t been mentioned except in their brochure, word of mouth and first of the season publicity or when they put out anything that had a list. “But we hadn’t advertised “Blue Man Group yet and hoping not to.

When looking at the numbers and fast ticket sells, the production company wanted to know what they had been doing to promote the show. “Nothing” was their reply. Numbers don’t lie and the production company has pulled a performance from up north and given it back to Orange.

“We’re pretty excited to get the other show,” said Clark

After selling out two shows without any marketing effort the production company told Clark, “We’re gonna make it work and get you another show down there.”

“Now the competition is on to see if we can sell out a third show and show up everybody else,” said Clark with a laugh.

We’re doing stuff today where we’re spreading the word on Facebook and see how much we can sell like that,” said Sanford.

“We’re up to like row Q and then it’s starting to fill on the sides. It’s slowly but steadily filling on the main floor and some of the balcony, too,” she said.

“It’s the first time it’s been in Southeast Texas. They’re not playing in Louisiana this season, or anywhere near us. They are not going to Galveston, not going to Houston this time. So it’s a real big draw,” Sanford.

Clark said in only four days of sales they have already sold over a third of the tickets.

This is a different performance than in their permanent locations in Las Vegas or Orlando.

The original Blue Man Group performances are scheduled to play March 5-6. The third performance is now scheduled for Wednesday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the March 7 performance are on sale now and can be purchased at www.lutcher.org. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the Lutcher Theater box office at (409) 886-5535, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Blue Man Group is best known for their wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts that combine comedy, music, and technology to produce a totally unique form of entertainment. The blissful party atmosphere created at the live events has become the trademark of a Blue Man Group experience.

Blue Man Group creates experiences that defy categorization. Blue Man Group is best known for multi-media performances that feature three bald and blue characters that take the audience on a journey that is funny, intelligent and visually stunning. A live band, whose haunting tribal rhythms help drive the show to its climax, accompanies the Blue Men.

Although it is impossible to describe, people of all ages agree that Blue Man Group is an intensely exciting and wildly outrageous show that leaves the entire audience in a blissful, euphoric state. With no spoken language, Blue Man Group is perfect for people of all ages, languages, and cultures.

Blue Man Group co-founder Philip Stanton states, “Our goal with this production, as with all of our productions, is to help audience members reconnect with their own sense of discovery, with their own sense of what is possible in their lives.”

This unique experience is a form of entertainment like nothing else; guaranteed to be an outing you will never forget.

Blue Man Group is sponsored locally by DuPont and by the Orange County Commissioners Court and Hotel Tax Committee. Individual sponsor is Cecil Broom.

About Penny LeLeux

Penny has worked at The Record Newspapers since 2006. A member of the editorial staff, she has "done everything but print it." Most frequently she writes entertainment reviews and human interest stories, with a little paranormal thrown in from time to time.She has been a lifelong member of the Orangefield community.