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selecttraveler.com 17 J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 6 B L U E M A N G R O U P Phil Stanton, Chris Wink and Matt Goldman fi rst debuted their Blue Man concept in 1991 on the streets of New York, but "it would be very kind to call them performances," Stanton said. "They were more hu- morous happenings or human statements." For example, they set up velvet ropes on the sidewalk across the street from the hottest and hardest to get into nightclub in town. "We didn't really know what the Blue Man would do at fi rst," he said. Now, 25 years later, Stanton and his cofounders are amazed at what Blue Man Group has done: resident shows in New York, Chicago, Las Ve- gas, Boston and Orlando; a world tour that kicked off in March; a U.S. tour that's wrapping up this summer after nearly six years on the road; its third studio album; and a book that will be on shelves in October. When the show debuted at Astor Place Theatre in 1991, Stanton built a lot of props and instruments to be easily broken down and car- ried out because he fi gured they wouldn't be there very long. (The show's still there.) The group originally viewed itself sort of like a band with three members. But after Stanton injured his thumb and couldn't perform, there was an "aha moment," he said. Someone else had to go on, and Stanton said they realized it's "not about us at all. The very nature of the Blue Man is that he's an everyman; he's egoless." That realization led to expansion, which means up to 50 Blue Men are per- forming at any given time. "Three," which was released in April, features 14 instrumental tracks that blend EDM (electronic dance music) with Blue Man's signature acoustic and tribal sound. The book "Blue Man World" is written from observers' perspectives — some fi ctional, some not — to examine Blue Man Group's process while mixing in truth, humor and plenty of "poking Photos by Paul Kolnik, courtesy Universal Orlando Resort The Blue Man Group uses visual spectacles to wow audiences. DISCOVER WHATíS POSSIBLE Thereís plenty to discover in Houston. Hyatt Regency Houston/Galleria is located in the heart of Uptown Houston, steps away from The Galleria Shopping Center - Houston's #1 tourist attraction. This hotel features rooms that were designed with the traveler in mind. Built-in case goods are used throughout to give rooms a spacious, modern aesthetic feel. The theme is derived from the geological aspect of the oil & gas industry. Steel greys accented by earth tones and turquoise are found throughout. Book by June 30, 2016 and receive complimentary on-site bus parking and guest room for bus driver. Minimum of 10 rooms on peak. HYATT REGENCY HOUSTON/GALLERIA 2626 SAGE ROAD HOUSTON, TX 77056 832 803 1234 HYATTREGENCYHOUSTONGALLERIA.COM The trademark HYATT and related marks are trademarks of Hyatt Corporation. ©Hyatt Corporation. All rights reserved.

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