Blue Man Group may now be an international sensation, but its roots remain firmly planted in New York City at Astor Place Theatre. Thirteen times a week, three “blue” men confound and inspire audiences with a dynamic and constantly evolving performance featuring plastic tubing, weird percussions and a whole lot of blue paint. In short, a Blue Man Group show is a multi-sensory night of comedy, theater, rock concert and dance party.
A typical Blue Man Group show starts with a Blue Man hanging out in the theater lobby as audiences arrive. He is completely bald, completely blue and dressed in black. Ask for an autograph and he will rub his hand across a program to create a blue smudge. Try to take a picture and he will look at cell phones and cameras with curious wonder. In the theater, the show begins with clanging and flashing lights. The Blue Men create bizarre instruments with their signature plastic tubing. They drum amongst themselves and possibly with a band or other backing music. They throw marshmallows into each other’s mouths with alarming accuracy and in logic-defying numbers. A classic Blue Man bit brings an audience member to the stage for an elegant Twinkie dinner with the Blue Men, culminating in hilarious disaster. At the end of the show, the audience participates in an elaborate toilet paper-throwing ritual. All the while, the innocent and childlike Blue Men never break character. The audience leaves feeling like they’ve just been entertained by strange but generous aliens. Take note that the first five rows are the “poncho section” -- prime placement for those eager to get in on the action and possibly an errant splash of blue paint, too.
To see Blue Man Group in downtown New York City is to see it in its wild, wacky, sometimes weird and always wonderful native element. As the group sums it up: Blue Man Group is "the enemy of monotony, the remedy for boredom and a promoter of overjoy and elation."
Best Known For: Blue Man Group began as an experimental theater group formed by childhood friends Chris Wink, Matt Goldman and Phil Stanton. What started in 1991 as an Off-Broadway show called Tubes is now an international hit, which has captivated 35 million people worldwide.
There might not be another show in New York City that has the universal appeal of Blue Man Group. Kids love the show because of the silly fun and the vibrant colors. Adults will get sucked in by the humor and subtle social commentary the troupe is known for. And the international guests of the Big Apple will love this show because no words are ever spoken. It’s all about the actions on stage. The visuals, clever jokes and more are all on display without ever needing a translator, making this a show everyone in the world can love.
BLUE MAN GROUP ESTIMATED RUN TIME
90 minutes, no intermission
Recommended for children 3 and up.
No wheelchair seating available. Patrons who use a wheelchair are welcome to attend the show, but they must bring companions to assist them in their entry and exit from the theatre, and must be able to physically transfer into a standard theatre seat.