You've heard of the 2,000-Year-Old Man? Well, get ready for the 2,500 Day-Old Men -- Blue Men, that is. On June 18, Off-Broadway's Blue Man Group will perform "Tubes" for the 2,500th time since opening at the Astor Place Theatre, Nov. 17, 1991.
Created by Matt Goldman, Phil Stanton and Chris Wink, the group began performing on the streets of Manhattan and then graduated to PS 122 and Dixon Place. After an unforgettable stint at 1991's Lincoln Center Serious Fun Festival and an Obie-winning run at La MaMa, Blue Man Group is still going strong -- and still sending tons of paper cascading over audiences' heads.
On Oct. 27, the Windy City will officially turn blue. That's when the avant garde theatre trio will station its third resident company in Chicago, IL. These "curious, gentle beings from inner space" -- who munch Cap'n Crunch, toss marshmallows at each other, create colorful works of spit up art, drum and play specially designed instruments -- will take over the Briar Street Theatre on North Halsted.
Oct. 1995 saw a second Blue Man company open in Boston (the 700 performance mark was just reached there), and on Jan. 25 of this year, open auditions were held for replacements and new castmembers in the three companies. (Initially, creators Wink, Goldman and Stanton did 1,000 straight performances as the trio before taking a break and selecting new cast members Chris Bowen, Jeffrey Doornbos, Andrew Miller, Randall Jaynes, Michael Dahlen, Steve White, Brian Scott, Shawn Sturnick, Kristian Thorsen, James Ludwig, Pete Simpson, Thamus Rounds and John Grady. It's not so easy to cast Blue Men, since they not only have to have solid acting and drumming skills but must be between 5'10 and 6' and the same body type as the other cast-members.
For information and tickets: (773) 348-4000. For tickets to the Astor Place Blue Man Group show, call (212) 254-4370. --By David Lefkowitz