It should not have worked.

Back in 1987, three friends got together, painted themselves blue and put on a show.

Banging drums, playing with food, spitting out paint to create an image, lots of cool lighting.

And the Blue Man Group became a hit.

Today, Blue Man Group performs around the world, has many, many more performers than the original three (though it still has three per performance), and it's making a stop in Tucson next week.

Here's a primer on the Blue Man Group:


Chris Wink, Matt Goldman and Phil Stanton were the original Blue Men. Wink and Goldman met in junior high; Stanton came to the group much later.

About that blue

It's cobalt blue. The men slather themselves with greasepaint and wear caps on their heads to appear bald. They use about 78 gallons of the tempera paint in a week.

The Poncho Section

That's right, the Poncho Section. All those in the seats in the orchestra pit at the Tucson Music Hall are ripe for getting sloshed on. Liquids, paints, whatever is in use in the show that night (all nontoxic materials, we're told). So, it's recommended you dress casually. And you will be provided with ponchos.

Blue men everywhere

There are about 90 people performing Blue Man Group shows around the world and on the sea - you'll find them on Norwegian Cruise Lines. And no, you can't tell one from the other - decked out in blue, they all look alike.

Lights, sound, action

The members of Blue Man Group don't speak, but who needs them to when you have the music, the technology and the comedy that go into a show? Just be prepared for a bit of sensory overload. And to have lots of fun.

if you go

• What: Blue Man Group, presented by Broadway in Tucson.

• When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-next Thursday; 8 p.m. April 26; 2 and 8 p.m. April 27; 1 and 6:30 p.m. April 28.

• Where: Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.

• Cost: $29-$69.

• Reservations, information: or at 1-800-745-3000. Buy your tickets in person at the TCC box office, 260 S. Church Ave., to avoid the Ticketmaster handling fee.

• Running time: 100 minutes, with no intermission.