Astor Place, one of the most historic properties in New York City, is today the permanent home of the Blue Man Group. The venue hosts shows by the world-famous performance art group almost every day of the year.
Astor Place History
Astor Place first opened as a theater in 1969, but the history of the Greek Revival-style building dates to 1831, making it one of the oldest in New York City. The theater is part of the venerable Colonnade Row, which in the past was home to residences of the Astor and Vanderbilt families. The Blue Man Group has performed at Astor Place since 1991, and in 2001 they became owners of the venue.
Astor Place Events
Astor Place is the exclusive, permanent home of the Blue Man Group, which offers multiple performances of its current production almost every day. The Blue Man Group's show combines drumming, comedy, technology and the bizarre, entertaining stunts and sketches of its eponymous, blue-painted performers. It has become one of the longest-running shows in New York City, and is also one of the most unique.
In its theatrical heyday, Astor Place presented plays by well-known and experimental playwrights alike. One of the earliest plays performed on its stage, in January 1968, was The Indian Wants the Bronx starring a then-unknown Al Pacino.
Astor Place Seating Layout
Astor Place has a capacity of 299. Audience members have a choice of orchestra seating (in A, B, and restricted-view C zones), mezzanine seating, or "poncho seats" which are closest to the stage. The latter come with a poncho to protect audience members from various flying materials, which Blue Man Group assures ticket-buyers are all both edible and washable.
New York, New York
Astor Place is in the No-Ho/East Village neighborhood of Manhattan. Across the street is the Joseph Papp Public Theater, home of the New York Shakespeare Festival. Visitors and locals who love the theater can also check out the performance calendars of the 41 world-class professional theaters on Broadway, including the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, the Gershwin Theatre and the Shubert Theatre.
Other major attractions in Manhattan are the Empire State Building, where visitors can ascend to high-rise observation decks overlooking the city, and Times Square with its bustling atmosphere and bright lights. Central Park is another New York City icon, an outdoor destination packed with enticements such as horse-drawn carriage rides, flowering gardens, lakes, a carousel and the Central Park Zoo, among others. A ferry ride to see the Statue of Liberty is also one of New York City's most popular tourist attractions.
Astor Place is named after John Jacob Astor, who was at one time the richest person in the country.
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