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Blue Man Group’s sonic stylings inspire OSC’s Making Waves installation

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The show isn’t flawless (an overtly fake body-painting video segment goes on overly long), and some of the gross-out gags may make you gag (they must have stockpiled millions of Twinkies), but all is forgiven in the booty-shaking glowing-balloon finale, which was the best rave I’ve attended since ecstasy went out of style. Even at $70 and up for adults, this 100-plus minute spectacle is still Orlando’s best value in paint-splattering performance art. FYI, for an extra $20 or so, you can head upstairs to the small but swank Bluphoria VIP lounge for drinks and a private meet and greet post-show; it’s almost worth it for the balcony view of Islands of Adventure’s backstage.

The impetus behind my invite was actually tied to Orlando Science Center’s limited-time exhibitions of Making Waves, a traveling museum installation about the science of sound that takes its inspiration from Blue Man’s signature sonic stylings. Kids and parents both will love banging away on hands-on instruments (like the Slide-u-lum, Build-u-lum and Sand Drum) with bilingual signage explaining the associated physics. The centerpiece is a replica of Blue Man Group’s iconic PVC tube xylophones on a kid-scaled stage, perfect for photo ops. At only 1,500 square feet, Making Waves (which runs through August) is too small to be worth Orlando Science Center’s $19 adult admission in and of itself, but visit Friday or Saturday during their Summer Nights extended hours and Iron Man 3 in their spiffy 4K 3-D theater is included. Now, that’s a flamboyant comic-costumed neurotic of a different color.

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