By Tine Roycroft
Blue Man Group will be rushing into Worcester’s Hanover Theatre in June, bringing with them incredible music, waves of color, passionate emotions…and some of the coolest things you’ve ever seen. The show has been described by some viewers as “life-changing,” and has been credited with inspiring people to go to college, participate in more community outreach, and just be better people in general. And Blue Man Bhurin Sead is a part of this theatrical glory.
“One of the great things about [the Blue Man] is that he’s got this great sense of childlike curiosity and wonder. Amazing innocence,” Sead says of his character. “He never takes anything for granted and he’s willing to take risks.”
According to Sead, the upcoming production will include giant LED video walls upon which various moving screens and images will be projected. The Blue Men will be interacting with the entire set, which is basically like a giant iPad.
“The Blue Men are experiencing our culture’s fascination with these handheld devices and touch screens,” explains Sead, 30. “There’s a lot of music, a lot of paint ~ some people say the show is like an exploding box of crayons. But with all of the high-tech, there are many low-tech, sincere and quiet moments that people are drawn to as well.”
Sead came to be a part of the group when he auditioned in his home state of Texas. He’d played in a few high school bands, dabbled in theatre during college at the University of Texas, and holds a degree in Human Biology. He had no expectations heading into the auditions, he just wanted to give it a try.
After two attempts, he was accepted into training in New York City. But success was not guaranteed. Sead says that at any time during training, a prospective member can be asked to leave if he is not progressing. But Sead had the chops and soon he was putting on a bald cap, blue grease paint, the black pajama-like costume and hitting the stage.
“It’s a lot of fun to live in the moment and to try to respond and be sensitive to the audience’s needs,” Sead says. “To this day, that’s the best part of the show ~ trying to figure out what this collective group of people need each night.”
And if incredible talent and a great outlook on life weren’t reason enough to love Sead, then adore him because he freely admits that even after his four years as a Blue Man, he is still likely to walk out of a venue after a show with smudges of blue grease paint behind his ears.
If you can soak in one theatrical experience this year, make it the Blue Man Group. They’ll be taking control of the Hanover stage on June 8, 9, and 10. Tickets are between $38 – $68 and can be purchased online at www.hanovertheatre.org. Discounts may be available.
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