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Rediscover NYC: Blue Man Group Continues Its Creative Off-Broadway Run

Ann Brown
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Blue Man Group has been adding its unique flavor to Off-Broadway for 30 years. Founded in 1987, it’s become a staple of the Astor Place Theatre. And by now, most have seen the image of three bald men all painted cobalt blue. But if you have never taken the time to check out the Blue Man Group, now’s the time as you rediscover NYC.

I had passed by the Astor Place Theatre for years, having gone to college at NYU. I was always curious about the production. Finally, years later, I had the opportunity to experience the Blue Man Group. And it wasn’t what I expected, and it was what I expected--if that makes sense. Not much of Blue Man Group makes sense, yet its randomness kind of does.

An interactive show --less so now because of the covid-19 pandemic-- it is full of bizarre and humorous tricks. It’s a comedy, theater, rock concert, and dance party that gives attendees an unforgettable multi-sensory experience. It’s an outrageous evening of entertainment you’ll never forget.

The show has run worldwide, but you always find it at the Astor Place Theatre.

The story behind Blue Man Group is that it started as a collaboration of three close friends, Chris Wink, Matt Goldman, and Phil Stanton, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 1987. Its first public appearance was a celebration of the end of the 1980s. The three wore blue masks and led a street procession that included the burning of a Rambo doll and a piece of the Berlin Wall. Next, they grew into doing creative “disturbances” on the city’s streets, then they began a series of small shows at downtown clubs, and eventually a full performance at the Astor Place Theatre.

The show is ever-evolving to stay culturally relevant.

So stop by and experience a piece of NYC theater.

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Ann Brown has been a freelance writer for more than two decades. She studied journalism at New York University and has her B.A. Born in New York City, Ann lived in Praia, Cabo Verde, for nearly a decade. She created “An American In Cape Verde,” a Facebook community. Among the topics she writes about are: business, travel, entertainment, and lifestyles.

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