Blue Man Group: About the Creators
Blue Man Group is a world-wide entertainment conglomerate that will be celebrating its 25th year of existence in 2016. Though it is a relatively new (to the entertainment industry anyway) stage production, Blue Man Group has resident shows in several cities across the world, including New York, Las Vegas, Boston, Chicago, Berlin and right here in the heart of Central Florida in Orlando at the Universal CityWalk, along with national and international tours.
Blue Man Group has been entertaining audiences at the Universal Orlando Resort since June of 2007, when the classic blue men took to the stage at Blue Man Group Theater for the first time. However, the origins of the production go back to three close friends, Chris Wink, Matt Goldman and Phil Stanton, in Manhattan. The three men created the first original Blue Man and would do impromptu performances in streets that eventually led to shows in clubs before becoming an actual full-fledged performance at the Astor Place Theatre in New York City. Critical acclaim followed the new-age, non-traditional theater group, and numerous shows were then booked across the United States and then internationally. The first resident show outside of NYC began in Boston in 1995, where it still resides today.
The creators of Blue Man Group knew from the get-go that they wanted percussion to be a main part of the performance, and they were inspired to add paint from abstract artist Jackson Pollock. Pollock famously used paint to express his inner emotional state, and they wanted to replicate that with paint and music. They were also inspired to make Blue Man Group a variety-type show from the vaudeville theatrical genre, which was popular in the early 20th century and featured a multitude of specialty acts that were unrelated but came together for a common purpose. The acts are comprised of uncommon talents and also of making melodies with uncommon instruments such as pipes, which they combine with their famous paint-splattering percussion numbers to form the production of the Blue Man Group show as it stands today.
To date, more than 17 million people have seen Blue Man Group in person, and the Orlando show is visited by more than 1,000 spectators for each performance.