The Blue Man Group consists of three mute performers who play various non-traditional instruments, spit paints on the audience and act without saying a word. The dress code is nondescript, utilitarian black clothing with the signature blue grease paint, latex bald caps, earless and without facial expressions. The only communication is thru the eyes and eyebrows suggesting curiosity, surprise, wonder, intense eye contact to show emotions and simple gestures which most of time create humor and reactions from the audience.
From the humble beginning nearly two decades ago with the three original Blue Man performing on the streets of New York City for passersby while working as caterers for a food company, the group has become an international show. There are about 60 Blue Men and only one known Blue Woman perform worldwide. Performers are between 5-10 and 6-1 tall and must endure tough physical requirements. Typical custom musical instruments in the shows are various sizes and types of PVC pipes, airpoles which create a "swoosh" sound when swung sharply, other noise makers, drum sticks and shaker gong.