ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Adam Zuick had never seen a Blue Man Group show before he joined the company six years ago.
“Truthfully, I came into the audition process not knowing what I was going into,” he says. “I had heard of Blue Man Group through TV and stuff. I guess I didn’t understand how long the company had been around. I went into it very blind. I didn’t really know the extent of Blue Man before I went to see a show. Then it was very much shocking. The performers are amazing. After six years, I can say that I’m a pro now.”
Zuick and Blue Man Group will make a stop in Albuquerque at Popejoy Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, and Wednesday, Nov. 13.
The show has been around for 27 years, and the “Speechless Tour,” is brand-new. Blue Man Group was bought by Cirque du Soleil, which felt the show needed a revamp.
The tour features new and original compositions, acts, and instruments alongside iconic Blue Man Group moments based in joy, art, music, laughter and escapist absurdity.
It is directed by Jenny Koons, in her first-time collaboration with Blue Man Group.
The show features material that fosters communal moments, continues the evolution of tube-based instruments to support all new music, and includes large-scale audience participation.
Zuick says working with Blue Man Group has been life-changing.
The show challenges him both physically and mentally.
“It’s definitely an active show,” he says. “I’m a guy who works out consistently. When I used to not work out, it took more of a toll on the body. The big thing is what keeps me ready is that the show is spontaneous and the drumming is so tribal.”
There is one obstacle for Zuick.
Because each of the three members is outfitted in blue and wears a blue a mask, Zuick says it’s difficult to breathe.
“The Blue Man Group don’t speak, and we’re not able to use our mouths,” he says. “Having a face with an open mouth would look weird. Because of that, we have to breathe entirely through our nose. That helps me get more relaxed.”
Zuick is also looking forward to returning to Albuquerque to perform.
Last time he was in the city, there was a day off and he and another company member took a “Breaking Bad” tour.
“I put together a map of places from the series that we needed to see,” he says. “We also got a tour of Albuquerque Studios, where ‘Breaking Bad’ was also filmed. I’m a huge fan. Hopefully, I will have time to experience more places from the show.”