A staple that’s been running on Universal’s streets for many years, The Blues Brothers has transformed from a simple street show into a full-fledged performance.
The Blues Brothers is an excellent stage show based off the original 1980s John Landis film. See Jake and Elwood live and in person, and relive those classic soul/rhythm/blues hits.
The premise is simple: Like in the original film, Jake and Elwood are attempting to get the band back together. And like the film, Jake and Elwood find themselves persuading their former bandmate’s steadfast wife.
Duration: 20 minutes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes, ask for assistance.
Flash Photography and Video Taping Policy: Permitted.
Height Restriction: No.
Child Switch: No.
Child Friendliness: Child friendly. See the intensity meter below for more information.
By all means, the Blues Brothers is not intense. Though a bit loud, the show itself is pretty kid friendly. I just don’t think kids would be genuinely interested in the show as a whole.
Scheduling: Because the Blues Brothers is a show, you should arrive 15-20 minutes before posted show times. Remember, show times are when the show actually starts, not when you should start lining up.
Scheduling: The Blues Brothers only operates during peak days/seasons.
Viewing: Seats fill up fast and it’s completely first-come, first-serve basis, although it’s perfectly fine to stand around the edges.
Crowds: The area is absolutely packed whenever WaterWorld ends, so be sure to avoid the show when the two coincide.
The Blues Brothers has always occupied a special place within Universal’s roster of shows. What used to start out as a sleepy street performance has – over the years – turned into a full fledged production at the entrance of Universal’s Entertainment Center (otherwise known as the Upper Lot).
Because of its prime location at the intersection of several major attractions, the show has always attracted a relatively decent spillover audience from its neighbors – keyword being “spillover.” Now, I don’t want to undermine the show’s quality, because it is a quality production, but the Blues Brothers has always been something of a filler in my schedule. In other words, an attraction that fits perfectly between shows or rides – much like The Adventures of Curious George – but doesn’t necessarily warrant a visit of its own. So to give you a bit of a scenario, say if I was caught between this show or WaterWorld, well, if I had to pick, I’d almost always pick WaterWorld.
But focusing on the show itself, the actors are usually top-notch in their vocal performance, and you’re bound to see a few people tapping their shoes. In essence, this show is really a truncated version of the kitchen and cook scene from the original film. The plot is simple, yet understandable, and it’s pretty damn good for a 20 minute show. The song selection is great, and the overall setup is simple, yet suitable for the soundstage/Hollywood atmosphere they’re trying to convey.
In the end, would I recommend it? Eh, I don’t know. Unless you’re a huge Blues Brothers fan or you have some free time waiting for WaterWorld, I’d probably skip this for something else. Again, it’s not that this show is bad, it’s just not noteworthy. But if you have time, do check it out. You won’t be disappointed.
“The Blues Brothers is an excellent stage show. There’s just nothing that remarkable about it.”