Blue Man Group cancels Charlotte performance citing HB2

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – Blue Man Group announced Friday they were canceling their upcoming Charlotte performance, citing issues with North Carolina’s House Bill 2.

“At the heart of every Blue Man Group performance is a joyful celebration of all human kind – including our commonalities and our differences,” the group wrote. “We value every individual’s right to live a dignified, vibrant life in full color. As such, we are joining the growing list of entertainment professionals in protest of North Carolina’s HB2 law by canceling our upcoming tour performances in Charlotte.”

The statement concluded, “We regret any disappointment this may cause our fans, but look forward to performing for you in the future.”

The list of performers who have canceled shows in NC includes Bruce Springsteen, Boston and Pearl Jam, who made their cancellation announcement earlier in the week.

Blue Man Group’s performance was scheduled to take place at the Belk Theater June 17 through June 19.

Officials with Blumenthal Performing Arts said that anyone who had purchased tickets to the event will automatically receive a refund to the credit card used, or by check if a card was not used.

Anyone with questions can call 704-372-1000 or email tickets@ncbpac.org.

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