The men behind the make up in “Blue Man Group”

It’s part rock concert, part comedy show, and part dance party. You never know what’s going to happen when the Blue Man Group guys are on stage.

One of the cast members, who only goes by “Meridian,” told News 4 what it’s like to go from regular guy to blue man. The process involves both a physical transformation and a mental one.

“At the beginning of the show, audience sees these 3 blue guys, and at first, there’s this feeling of like, who are these guys, this is weird,” he said. “It’s really an hour and a half process, and the makeup is maybe a half hour of that, but even then we’re cracking jokes with each other. Really the show starts before the show starts for us.”

The men never speak during their performances, but they communicate in other ways, including playing instruments, dancing, and mime.

“The show is about bridging that gap, and making a feeling of connections,” Meridian said. “So the fact that we’re kind of anonymous and distant at the beginning. I think helps with the journey that we create during the show.”

Audience participation is extremely encouraged. Some members will even get selected to join the group on stage.

“We’ve seen it all. They can be loud, they can be quiet, and it really influences how we perform the show,” Meridian said.

It’s a formula that may look and seem bizarre from the outside, but has been winning people over for two and a half decades.

“It’s a feeling that maybe some people haven’t had since they were a kid. That sort of playful, creative, curious exuberance. And for people who haven’t felt that in a while, I think it’s a really special gift. And I think that’s what keeps people coming back.”

There are four performances of Blue Man Group at Shea’s Performing Arts Center this weekend. Click here to learn more. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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