Winner of the 2005 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical.
Winner of the 2006 & 2007 Broadway.com Audience Favorite Award
After five laugh-packed years and 2032 performances, Altar Boyz closed Off-Broadway on January 10, 2010.
Full of sharp parody, sinfully spectacular dancing, and irreverent humor, this spoof about a heavenly guy-group is adored by audiences and critics alike. With an extraordinary mix of side-splitting songs convincing enough to be played on MTV, uncontrollable laughs and lighthearted fun, this award-winning and totally original new musical is 90 minutes of pure delight that's suitable for all ages and will have the whole family laughing and singing along.
Hailed as "high-octane entertainment" (Talkin' Broadway), Altar Boyz tells the holy inspiring story of 5 small-town boys - Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham - trying to save the world one screaming fan at a time. Their pious pop act, including lyrics like "Girl You Make Me Wanna Wait" and "Jesus Called Me On My Cell Phone," worked wonders on the Ohio bingo-hall-and-pancake-breakfast circuit. But when fate brings them to New York, will the boyz take a bite out of the forbidden apple? With angelic voices, sinfully spectacular dancing and a touching story, Altar Boyz is destined to rock the masses of all denominations!
Altar Boyz had its debut in September of 2004 at the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), in the 47th Street Theatre (Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre). The NYMF cast comprised Cheyenne Jackson as Matthew, Tyler Maynard as Mark, Andy Karl as Luke, Ryan Duncan as Juan and David Josefsberg as Abraham. Marc Kudisch performed the pre-recorded role of "G.O.D." The show was directed by Stafford Arima and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli. The NYMF run was limited by the nature of the festival to a small number of performances on an irregular schedule in a small theatre over a few weeks.
The show opened Off Broadway at Stage 4 of Dodger Stages (now New World Stages) on March 1, 2005, after several preview performances. The cast was as in the NYMF production, except that Scott Porter played the part of Matthew, replacing Cheyenne Jackson, and Shadoe Stevens played the pre-recorded role of "G.O.D."
There have been touring productions of Altar Boyz all over the United States and both national and international resident productions in Chicago, Korea, Hungary, Finland, Australia, Montreal, and the Philippines.
Book by Kevin Del Aguila
Music and Lyrics by Gary Adler & Michael Patrick Walker
Conceived by Marc Kessler & Ken Davenport
Choreographed by Christopher Gattelli
Directed by Stafford Arima
Scenic Design by Anna Louizos
Costume Design by Gail Brassard
Lighting Design by Natasha Katz
Sound Design by Simon Matthews