Already closed | 1h 30m | East Village

Blue Man Group

From 1,463 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Delightful, Quirky

About the show

A worldwide phenomenon where comedy, music, and paint collide in a circus of the imagination. More…

With origins in circus, Blue Man Group uses nonverbal performance paired with rhythm and drumming (and lots of paint), visuals, large and small scale audience participation, comedy, technology and marshmallows to create a high octane, colorful performance thats is difficult to categorize. The Blue Man Group has performed in 25 countries to rave reviews.
1h 30m | Already closed | Astor Place Theatre (East Village)

Member Reviews (1463)


Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Delightful, Quirky
Avg Score

Dated, Banal, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if you know what you're getting into.

Don't see it if you don't like performance pieces.

Boring, Overrated

See it if You like the drums or weird visuals

Don't see it if You are expecting any type of storyline or any speaking or singing. This is pretty much a drum show with some odd visuals and blue men.

Fun, Delightful, Clever, Original, Quirky

See it if You like silly humor. There’s some fun talent here too. Sort of clown like but with an edge. Fun for all ages.

Don't see it if You're looking for any kind of serious content. There’s no story, just gags but they do entertain.

Also I just saw this show again after 20 years and WOW what a pleasant surp... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Ambitious, Edgy, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if it brought the beginning to this kind of genre in the theater. been playing since the early 90 s. It is funny, intense at times and creative

Don't see it if you don't like the fast pace, the audience participation, the and the sometimes stupidness of the show.

Clever, Absorbing, Funny, Original

See it if You want a fun and quirky night out.

Don't see it if you want a story.

Enduring, Quirky, Percussive, Silly, Mildly-entertaining

See it if you've never seen this innocuous, mostly childish show (with glimpses of wit) that's blue in color only. [It's neither sad nor bawdy.]

Don't see it if you suffer from cyanophobia; you hate audience participation; you've seen this once-ubiquitous cerulean troupe before, as little has changed

Also No point or plot, but plenty of drums, projectiles, spit-takes, strobe... Read more Read less

Clever, Funny, Original, Quirky, Fun

See it if you are into mindless fun. Non-verbal communication translates into sight gags and silliness of many kinds.

Don't see it if you are afraid of mimes.


See it if you like a creative show with interaction with your neighbour. Stay for the bathroom tissue.

Don't see it if you don't like the colour blue.

Great staging, Fluffy, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You want to be entertained. You like audience participation. You want escapism.

Don't see it if You want a show with a plot & characters. You hate audience participation. You want a show with emotional depth.You want issues & tissues.

Silly, Quirky, Funny, Fast pace

See it if It is a very creative show, fast pace and funny.

Don't see it if Its face pace, audience is involved and not meaning.

Also The reason I score it 70, is all around me everybody was laughing havi... Read more Read less

Wet, Messy, Quirky, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if you're looking for something relatively mind-numbing and different with no narrative, or enjoy shows with lots of audience participation.

Don't see it if you prefer traditional theatre, or don't want gross gunk sprayed all over you (if you're in the first few rows).

Also I was in the first row and had this wet banana fake vomit shot right i... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Original

See it if Great for all ages. Different from anything else you've ever seen. Worth seeing

Don't see it if You prefer shows with a storyline.

Clever, Entertaining, Dizzying, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if You like clowning and percussion music.

Don't see it if You have no interest in interacting with other audience members and/or actors.


See it if Very different type of entertainment. No plot or characters but men in blue doing unusual things. Never boring!

Don't see it if You like a serious dignified show.


See it if You are bringing a child to see their first stage experience

Don't see it if You are expecting any type of a story this is just a bunch of people painted in blue and playing the drums

Also The best way for me to describe this is the exact way that I described... Read more Read less

Clever, Funny, Entertaining

See it if I liked this show. It is not a play, more an unusual musical circus act.

Don't see it if You are looking for plot or character. There is none.

Excruciating, Dated, Humor is juvenile, Disappointing

See it if you're w prepubescent kids who like gross-out humor & too long sight gags. Only the drumming is inspired/fun. Wish there'd been more of that

Don't see it if Want sophisticated theater, are claustrophobic, don't like having food spit at you, hate loud noises/strobes, expect more musicality.

Also I first saw this years ago & (mis)remembered it as fun. My tastes have... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Must see

See it if You love life! Try to take a young child, their enthusiasm is infectious!! Even if you need a lift you'll get into it.

Don't see it if You're truly a miserable person that can't be helped.

Fun, Family-friendly, Quirky

See it if you're looking for a fun show that doesn't require any intellectual commitment. Perfect for families.

Don't see it if you want a show with a plot or if you're as petrified of potential audience participation as I am.

Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Great staging, Fun

See it if you enjoy an evening that is thoroughly unpretentious fun. Cute gimmicks and very talented cast made this totally enjoyable.

Don't see it if you would prefer a serious drama, glitzy musical or classic Shakespeare. This isn't it; this is just fun!

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Exquisite, Great staging

See it if You like to try something new. It was very entertaining and funny. I enjoyed the visuals. The painting was great. Amazing stuff with paint.

Don't see it if You can't step outside the box. You don't like different.

Creative, Entertaining, Superb performances, Phenomenal "effects", Visually outstanding

See it if you like visually stunning effects, amazing and outrageous performances, off-beat humor, subtle satire and audience participation.

Don't see it if you dislike loud noise, some purposefully disgusting "bits," non-traditional format and no dialog whatsoever.

Must-see / very entertaining, Excellent use of small stage / great visuals (camera work), Hysterical / family fun for all, Great music / excellent musicians, Surprising / dazzling / clever / edgy / intense

See it if you'd enjoy something "new", different, LOUD, exciting, w/4th-wall obliteration & non-stop fun surprises (was told we saw one new segment).

Don't see it if you want highbrow theater. This is no-thinking, let-loose, hysterical high-jinks fun. Like Fuerza Bruta, it's an incredible live experience.

Also This freaking mess. Had never seen it before...... Read more Read less

Good group activity, Fun for what it is, Quirky

See it if you just want to enjoy a fun night out with friends that doesn't involves any thought-provoking discussion over the material you just saw

Don't see it if you want a show with a story or a plot. This is just three men in blue doing their thing, which is fun but not deep!

Absorbing, Clever, Dizzying, Intense, Refreshing

See it if You like inventive and silly entertainment.

Don't see it if Seek a traditional theatre experience.

July 28th, 2005
"The Blue Man Group retains a certain mystery, which is part of its appeal. It’s almost impossible to describe “Tubes” in a few sentences. It’s one of the only long-running hits that audiences will see for the first time without really knowing what to expect."
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September 28th, 1999
"An electronic "zipper" with moving red letters sends messages of greetings to the audience, who begin to hoot and holler; some stamp their feet. Drumbeats, like rhythmic thunder, signal the beginning of you know not what, and this most extraordinary and inventive show explodes."
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July 5th, 2005
"What is “Blue Man Group”?  The simple answer is that it’s 90 minutes of non-stop fun. The more complicated answer is that it’s a kind of techno-psychedelic neo-vaudeville performance art that is also a satire of performance art.  Percussion, painting, videos, eating and spitting out, mime and au...
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