The Blue Man Group is a hilarious, entertaining, cutting-edge, musical theatre group that stars three performers all wearing blue body paint and generally all-black clothing. They use music, dance, comedy, and multimedia elements to blow the minds of their audience. That description may sound a little vague but according to the group’s own Website, Blue Man “cannot be explained: it can only be experienced.”
Blue Man Group began in 1987 after Chris Wink and Matt Goldman reunited their friendship in New York City after not seeing one another since they graduated from high school in Manhattan, Kansas. Together with Phil Stanton they formed the Blue Man Group.
Resident Blue Man Shows ...
New York @ Astor Place Theatre
Boston @ Charles Playhouse
Chicago @ Briar Street Theatre
Las Vegas @ Monte Carlo Resort and Casino
Orlando @ Universal Orlando Resort
The group's big break came when the New York Times favorably reviewed one of their early performances. After the positive evaluation, their popularity grew. They won major Off-Broadway theatre awards and performed at the venerated Lincoln Center.
Astor Place Theatre
In 1991, they started collecting Blue Man Group tickets at the Astor Place Theatre (located Off-Broadway in the NoHo part of Manhattan). Today, besides still performing at the Astor, the Blue Man Group has productions running in Boston, Chicago, Orlando, Las Vegas, and Berlin. There’s also a very popular U.S. National Tour.
There are several themes that run through Blue Man Group shows including science, technology, information overload, innocence, self-conscious (or lack thereof), and the outsider. Often, one of the Blue Men will do something different than the other two to comedic effect. Another one of the group’s themes is “climbing to the top.” This is the original Blue Men’s tribute to scholar Joseph Campbell and his universal advice to “follow your bliss.”
Blue Man Group 101
>>The show runs 90 to 105 minutes with no intermission
>>Appropriate for the entire family
>>The Blue Man Group doesn't speak
>>There are currently Blue Man shows running all over the world including New York, Chicago, and Orlando
>>The shows are the same but differ in size and scope
>>The "Poncho Section" are the first few rows closest to the stage. These patrons may sometimes be splashed with harmless and washable debris.