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Saroyan Theater springs major leak, drenching crowd during Blue Man Group show

The Blue Man Group show was canceled Thursday after the Saroyan Theater sprung a major leak and drenched some members in the audience.

A pipe in the ceiling of the popular downtown theater broke above the orchestra, causing water to come down and wetting some of the crowd about 20 minutes into the show.

Audience members were asked to exit the building and wait in the plaza just outside of Saroyan Theater.

The Fresno Fire Department eventually arrived and evacuated the venue as a precaution.

A firefighter stated the leak was related to a fire sprinkler system and added there was a water leak recently in the adjacent Exhibit Hall.

Blue Man Group was performing for the second straight night in Fresno when Thursday’s showing was interrupted.

Brittany Smith, Director of Regional Marketing for the show, said refunds will be issued in the same method of payment in which customers purchased tickets.

Season subscribers, group purchasers, and ticket holders who purchased through Ticketmaster.com and Ticketmaster’s phone line will receive a refund from their point of purchase in three business days.

No action item is needed to receive your refund.

Those who purchased tickets at the Fresno Convention Center box office can bring their tickets to the box office and have a refund issued through the same method of payment that was used.

This is the second time in a month there has been an issue during a show at Saroyan Theater.

Last month, some fans complained of audio problems when comedian Jo Koy performed at the venue.

Saroyan Theater — often used for big acts and shows, such as Seinfeld and David Copperfield — is 53 years old.

The venue underwent expansions in 1981 and 1999, and seats a maximum of 2,353 people, though only half of the venue was full Thursday.

Saroyan Theater is part of the Fresno Convention & Entertainment center, which is owned by the City of Fresno.

Blue Man Group is a headline show on the Las Vegas strip that also tours the country.

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