Blue Man Group is a performance art company formed in 1991. It is best known for its stage productions around the world. It combines many different categories of music and art, both popular and obscure in these shows.
Blue Man Group currently has continuing theatrical productions in Berlin, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, New York City, and Orlando. In addition to the stage theatre show, Blue Man Group has toured the globe with multiple national and global tours; been a guest on various TV programs as both characters and performers; appeared on the Norwegian Cruise Line ship, Epic; released multiple studio albums; contributed to a number of film scores; performed with orchestras around the US, and appeared in advertising campaigns.
In July 2017, Cirque du Soleil purchased the Blue Man Productions for an undisclosed sum. Cirque announced plans to expand Blue Man Group globally and diversify the live entertainment production.
Blue Man Group grew out of a collaboration between three close friends, Chris Wink, Matt Goldman and Phil Stanton, on Manhattan's Lower East Side in 1988. It originated as a celebration to the end of the 1980s. The three men wore blue masks and led a procession that included the burning of a Rambo doll and a piece of the Berlin Wall. The stunt caught the attention of MTV's Kurt Loder, who covered the event, and the strange Blue Men gained attention. The Blue Man character emerged from small "disturbances" on the streets of the city, growing into small shows at downtown clubs, eventually becoming a full performance at the Astor Place Theatre in 1991.
In July 2017, it was announced Blue Man Group was bought by Cirque Du Soleil who announced they would expand.
Current theatrical productions
New York City at the Astor Place Theatre (1991 – present)
Boston at the Charles Playhouse (1995 – present)
Chicago at the Briar Street Theater (1997 – present)
Las Vegas at the Luxor Hotel and Casino (November 18, 2015 – present)
Orlando at the Blue Man Group Theatre at CityWalk at the Universal Orlando Resort (June 6, 2007–present)
World Tour (March 29, 2016 – present) - a celebration of life in full color with the launch of a World Tour beginning March 29, 2016 in Singapore.
Berlin at the Bluemax Theater (February 1, 2006–present)
Previous theatrical productions
Live at Luxor in Las Vegas (March 10, 2000 – September 15, 2005)
"How to be a Megastar" national arena "rock concert" tour (2003)
"How to be a Megastar 2.0" (2006)
Las Vegas, Nevada at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino (October 10, 2005 – September 30, 2012)
Las Vegas at the Blue Man Theatre at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino (October 10, 2012 – October 11, 2015)
North American Tour (first show September 2, 2010 – March 2016)
Eiffel 65 - Blue (Starred in Their Music Video)
Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Epic (July 2010 – March 2015)
Berlin at the Theater am Potsdamer Platz (May 9, 2004 – January 31, 2006)
Oberhausen at the Metronom Theatre (March 11, 2007 – October 3, 2008)
Stuttgart at the Apollo Theater (February 28, 2008 – October 12, 2008)
Toronto at the Panasonic Theatre (June 20, 2005 – January 7, 2007)
London at the New London Theatre (November 2005 – June 24, 2007)
Amsterdam at the Theater Fabriek (December 2006 – September 30, 2007)
Tokyo at the Roppongi Invoice Theatre (December 1, 2007 – November 29, 2009)
Tokyo at the Roppongi Blue Man Theatre (April 29, 2010 – March 31, 2012)
Basel at Musical Theater Basel (October 25, 2008 – January 11, 2009)
Zürich at Theater 11 (January 17, 2010 – May 2, 2010)
Stockholm at Göta Lejon (September 8, 2010 – October 24, 2010)
Vienna at MuseumsQuartier (November 4, 2010 – January 2, 2011)
Sydney at the Sydney Lyric Theatre (August 2013 – October 2013)
Music and tours
In 1999, the group released their first audio recording, titled Audio. Although it contained some of the music from their stage productions, it was less of a soundtrack and more a collection of full-length instrumentals that featured new instruments.
In 2002, the group participated in Moby's Area2 tour, giving a more rock-oriented performance than in the theatrical shows. Songs developed during this tour appeared on 2003's album The Complex.
Unlike Audio, The Complex, released in 2003, featured a variety of vocalists and guests including Tracy Bonham, Dave Matthews, Gavin Rossdale and Venus Hum. The record spawned its own 2003 tour, "How to Be a Megastar," the first headlined by Blue Man Group. The tour deconstructed the traditional rock concert experience into its often clichéd parts and was chronicled in a 2004 DVD release. The tour featured Tracy Bonham and Venus Hum as supporting acts. The DVD included a surround sound mix of some of the studio recordings.
Blue Man Group launched its second tour, The "How to Be a Megastar Tour 2.0", on September 26, 2006. The tour added some new material to material from the original Complex Rock Tour, and had Tracy Bonham as an opening act and vocalist. DJ/VJ Mike Relm was the opening act for the second leg of this tour, which ended April 22, 2007 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. This third leg of the tour began in May 2007 and included performances in Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Monterrey, Mexico; Buenos Aires, Argentina; São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Santiago, Chile. The fourth leg, using "2.1" in its title, included more U.S. and Canada dates. Following that, the Megastar World Tour visited France, Korea, Canada, Germany, and a few other European countries throughout 2008. The "How to Be a Megastar Tour 2.0" visited Taipei, Taiwan from August 19 to 23 as part of a promotional campaign for the 2009 Summer Deaflympics in Taipei, most of the show's dialogue displayed with subtitle. As Typhoon Morakot hit the island and caused serious damage in mid August, the group agreed to perform one extra show with the proceeds being donated to the victims of the flood.
The group performed with Ricky Martin at the 2007 Latin Grammy Awards and again with Michael Telo at the 2012 Latin Grammy Awards.
In 2008, the group collaborated on the track "No More Heroes" with the Dutch DJ and producer Tiësto for the remixed version of the Elements of Life album.
Announced in 2009, Blue Man Group began performing for the first time at sea on Norwegian Cruise Line's ship, "Epic." Epic began alternating 7-Day Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings from Miami with Blue Man Group shows nightly in July 2010 until its close in March 2015.
A Blue Man Group national tour in 2010 visited various cities in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. This tour included both elements from their then-current theatrical performances, plus new elements created just for this tour.
The group performed with Dave Matthews at their 20th Anniversary performance at the Astor Place Theatre in New York City, collaborating on the song "Sing Along."
To celebrate Blue Man Group's 25th anniversary, a global tour kicked off in Singapore in March 2016. The tour continued through Asia and Oceania in 2016 and opened for the first time in South Africa in February 2017. It was announced that the tour will continue on to Abu Dhabi and Switzerland later in 2017.
In April 2016, Blue Man Group released THREE, their third studio album. THREE is a modern snapshot, capturing a moment in the constantly expanding world of the Blue Man Group. Building upon previous studio albums, including the gold-certified Grammy-nominated Audio (1999), and sophomore concept album The Complex (2003), THREE draws inspiration from 25 years of creative growth and development.