Blue Man Group is officially ending its 14-year run at Universal Orlando.
The group announced its departure Monday on Twitter, adding that they planned to reopen safely at some point in Las Vegas, New York, Chicago, and Boston. The trio of bald, blue-painted men hadn’t performed in Orlando since last March when Universal Orlando and other Florida theme parks shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. The shows typically feature a mix of art, light, and music.
“For more than a decade, Blue Man Group has brought its unique style of entertainment to our guests — and we are grateful for the chance to have been home to their Orlando show,” Universal Orlando said in a statement.
Blue Man Group had performed more than 6,000 shows in a 1,000-seat theater at Universal CityWalk, an entertainment and retail district located right next to Universal Orlando’s theme parks.
The show is owned and operated by Cirque du Soleil, who has been struggling since the pandemic began. Last year, Cirque du Soleil laid off nearly 3,500 employees as part of a restructuring plan, including employees at Universal’s Blue Man Group location.
Blue Man Group first began at Universal Orlando back in 2007 and has been operating in a building located in between Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. The same building was once occupied by Nickelodeon Studios.
Universal Orlando didn’t say what the space would be used for next. No current plans have been made about the future of this massive theater space at Universal CityWalk.
Watch: Blue Man Group perform – Never-Before-Seen Music with NEW Midi-Controller Instrument back in October 2019.
Blue Man Group ending its 14-year run at Universal Orlando