The show begins. The Blue man grasps a bottle of paint. He holds a canvas. He drinks the paint (or more accurately fills his mouth with it). He spins the canvas on his hand and spits the paint into it. Viola. Spin Art. Ok- Spit Art.
Blue Man number two. He throws marshmallows at number one. #1 catches them in his mouth. Again and again. 27 marshmallows. That’s got to be some kind of record.
A girl walks in to the theater. Ten minutes after curtain. The show stops and the spot-light shines on her. The illuminated sign on the stage reads, “you’re late!” She is shown to her seat. The spot stays on her for a long time. The show eventually proceeds.
Blue 1, 2, and 3 pick up drumsticks. They stand by three drums. They each pour a bottle of paint into the drum. They start drumming. Red, yellow, and green paint splashes and goes flying all over as the music plays.
A ball is thrown into the audience. And another and another of all sizes. They are tossed and bounced up and about. Everyone gets involved.
A volunteer from the audience is brought up on stage and given a white jump-suit to put on. His head is covered with a black motorcycle helmet to wear. He is lead backstage and he walks down a hallway. On stage a screen is illuminated and on the screen, we see him entering a room. He is tied up and his feet are put in chains.
He is lifted by the chains and hangs upside-down. The Blue Men cover him with paint. With brushes and squirt-guns they cover him with wet sticky paint. They bring in a large blank canvas.
They swing him back and forth, upside-down and finally toss him into the canvas. Splat. He bounces off and the canvas is now covered with an artistic image. That of an upside-down man.
He is brought back out and onto the stage where he removes the messy jump-suit. He takes a bow. The canvas with the image of an upside-down man is his gift.
Wait a minute. Was that really him being tossed into the canvas? Maybe not. Probably not. You couldn’t see his face. So no, certainly not.
And what about that girl who arrived late and everyone laughed at her? You could see her face. But maybe she’s an actress. She might be a Blue Man and it’s part of the show. In fact maybe the guy sitting next to you is not an audience member but part of the show. In fact maybe you’re part of the show. Maybe this is all a dream.
Next up more music. Pipes. Plumbing pipes. Did you know you can bang on pipes and make music? And you can shine lights on pipes and change colors. Meanwhile all this sound and color and sights and humor is done without saying a word.
And now they’re after you. They come into the audience, into your safe personal space to grab someone. They step on empty seats and crawl and hop through the aisles and muss up your hair and some lucky sucker is up on stage wearing a vest that shoots goo.
So they didn’t get you. But then they are shooting smoke and streamers into everybody’s face including yours. And a laser light and a smoke machine. And more and bigger streamers streaming in your face and when your sensory perception is pushed to the limits the strobe lights go on.
This onslaught goes on for 90 minutes. No beginning middle or end, no words, no intermission. Just expect the unexpected and go with the flow.
Blue Man Group formed in 1987. Since July 2017 Blue Man Group has been owned by Cirque Du Soleil. Besides numerous touring groups there are ongoing productions in NewYork, Las Vegas, Boston, Berlin, and Chicago.
They have won many awards including the 1991 Obie award, and they were nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album in 2000. They appeared 17 times on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno including an episode that won an Emmy.
Blue Man Group began on the Lower East Side of Manhattan created by Matt Goldman, Chris Wink, and Phil Stanton in 1987. Originally a series of “creative disturbances” on the street, it evolved into a street show, a local club show and an ongoing and evolving performance in 1991 in Astor Place theater(where it continues to play in NY).
While the show is expanding and replicating, one thing never changes. The central focus is three silent Blue Men, and making the audience part of the show.