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Altar Boyz Cast


Michael Kadin Craig     Travis Nesbitt     Neil Haskell     Mauricio Perez     Ravi Roth


St. Lilly of Colgate - Patron Saint of Winning Smiles and Piercing Eyes


Let’s just say Mel Gibson is a genius.

Genesis or Leviticus. Any non-fiction, really.




MICHAEL KADIN CRAIG is very excited to be making his Off-Broadway debut in Altar Boyz, after playing Matthew at St. Louis Rep and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. His NYC credits include Only Children (Alistair Richards) at Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Bound for Broadway opposite Jerry Dixon and Donna Vivino and Things To Ruin: The Songs Of Joe Iconis at Joe's Pub. Regional credits include Edges (Man 1) at Music Theatre of Connecticut, High School Musical (Jack Scott) at North Shore Music Theatre, The Sixties Project at Goodspeed (Colonel Steele) directed by Richard Maltby, Jr., Jonathan in Tick…Tick…Boom! and Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar. In 2002, Michael was seen on American Idol 2 as a Hollywood Finalist. He'd like to thank Stafford, Chris, Lou and David Petro for this amazing opportunity, and also his agents at Stewart Talent. www.michaelkadincraig.com


Apples (sorry Eve!)

St. Vidal of L'Oreal - Patron Saint of Flexible Hold Hair Gel

Baby blue. Just like J.C.'s eyes.

I am so totally into reality TV! And antiquing.




TRAVIS NESBITT is totally stoked to be making his Off-Broadway debut as one of the Boyz. His Previous credits include the Springtime Tenor in The Producers national tour. Regional: Phantom (Westchester Broadway Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus), Peter Pan (Peter), Big River (Huck). Four time Soloist with the Boston Pops. BFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory. Special Thanks to his besties, The Luedtke Agency, his mom, and the big guy upstairs.



St. Jerome the Awesome - Patron Saint of Keepin' It Real

I spend a lot of time in Confession.

Ever since I saw the image of Mother Teresa in my cruller, they're all I eat.


What is impossible with men is possible with God. - "Luke" 18:27




LEE MARKHAM is so excited to be joining the NY cast of Altar Boyz after playing Luke in Media , PA and Glens Falls , NY for the Adirondack Theater Festival. Originally from Treasure Island, FL, he received a B.A. in Theater at USF. Other credits include playing Max in the eastern tour of the Nickelodeon show "Max and Ruby" as well as the off-Broadway production through Theaterworks USA . He was also in the NYMF show Angels (Dasher) and the FL tour of Smokey Joe's Cafe (Bass). Lee also performs in the improv troupe "Eight is Never Enough" as well as doing stand-up comedy and voiceover work. He'd like to thank his parents, family and friends for all their support. Big thanks to Stafford, Gary, Shannon and the rest of the crew and this talented cast, yo!



St. Ricardo de Martin - Patron Saint of Orphans Left on Church Steps

Searching for my birth parents. And I enjoy paintball.

Flan. Have you tried it? Mmmmm.


I'd say Latin. I'm a definite Latin-lover.



After having saved COUNTLESS souls in 3 cities (St. Louis Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, and Arvada Center) MAURICIO PEREZ couldn’t be happier making his Off-Broadway debut with the Boyz! Originally from Miami, FL, Mauricio received his BFA from Shenandoah Conservatory. Favorite regional credits include Jon in tick, tick… BOOM!, Ren in Footloose, Munkustrap in Cats, Booth in Assassins, Rick in Bat Boy, and Sweeney at SU. Thanks to Mom and Dad, #1 fans forever, for your constant love and support, to my family and friends, and thank you Stafford, Chris, and the Krasny Office for believing in me! Mauricio is a proud member of AEA and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. OLÉ!! www.mperez.net



Red. Like the sea.


Is my mother going to see this?

Judaism. My mother is going to see this, right?




RAVI ROTH is beyond thrilled to be joining the Boyz off-B'way after doing the show at Cincinnati Playhouse and St. Louis Rep. Regional credits include John in john and jen, Frank in Rocky Horror, Rick in Bat Boy, Wick in Seussical, Ethan in The Full Monty, and the Boston premiere of Edges. TV: 'As The World Turns.' Ravi has a BFA from the Boston Conservatory and had the awesome opportunity to perform with the Boston Pops. Thanks to his peeps at Luedtke, BoCo Critters, his amazing fam, Stafford, Chris, & Lou! This is for Baba & Zayde! Holla

MITCH DEAN (Wunderstudy) Mitch is a proud to be making his Off Bway debut with the Boyz fo sho. Nat'l Tour: RENT, Altar Boyz. NY/Regional: High School Musical 2 (NSMT), Illyria (Prospect) Smokey Joe's Café, Footloose, Godspell, Sockdology, Altar Boyz. Readings/Workshops: The Lavender Scare, Common Ground. Holla at Ben, Kraz and Michelle with The Mine. Thanks to my fam for all your love and support. Proud member of AEA

TOMMASO ANTICO (Wunderstudy) is straight from the National Tour of Altar Boyz. An AMDA graduate, he recently originated the role of the Scarecrow in the First National Tour of Oz (Starring Diana DeGarmo). Favorite credits include The National Tour of Hairspray, International Tour of Cabaret (Starring Andrea McArdle) and Off Broadway's The Donkey Show. Feature films: Revolutionary Road (Principal Dancer), Enchanted (James Marsden stand-in), The Other Guy (Anne Heche's assistant). Tommaso is also a singer-songwriter. myspace.com/tommasoantico. Tommaso would like to thank Stafford and Lou for their guidance. Thank you to Chris, Rae, Benna and Von for loving me as much I love them.


Altar Boyz Creative Team


(click on a name to view a bio)


GARY ADLER (Music & Lyrics)
MARC KESSLER (Co-Conceiver)
LYNNE SHANKEL (Music Director/ Co-Orchestrator, Dance and Additional Arrangements)
GAIL BRASSARD (Costume Design)
NATASHA KATZ (Lighting Design)
DOUG KATSAROS (Co-Orchestrator/Synth Programmer)
KAT WEST (Production Stage Manager)
DAVID GERSTEN & ASSOCIATES (Press Representatives)
KEN DAVENPORT (Co-Conceiver, Producer)
RUTH HENDEL (Producer)
MATT MURPHY (Producer)
STEPHEN KOCIS (Associate Producer)
GOD (Divine Creator)

KEVIN DEL AGUILA (Book) is the only begotten son of a Peruvian minister and a church organist from Liverpool. He's also the writer and director of the acclaimed comedy 6 Story Building, which took the top award at the 2002 NY Fringe Festival, and Number One: A Pollock Painting. Other plays include The Terror Of Tinseltown, Crime And Crime Again, The Greekest Of Tragedies and A Touch Of Rigor Mortis, which he also directed for the NY Fringe. He was a writer for the HBO comedy special "Sketch Pad," the NBC pilot "Live On Tape" and on several film projects including Band Dorks. His work on Altar Boyz earned him a 2005 Drama Desk Award nomination. As an actor, Del Aguila has performed extensively Off-Broadway and regionally. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild.  back to top


GARY ADLER (Music & Lyrics) The offspring of a big band singer and a trombonist, Gary developed a passion for music at age three, when he discovered that he could play "Lean On Me" by utilizing the top four white keys of the piano. At age ten, he was bitten by the theatre bug after seeing his older brother star as Curly in a community theatre production of Oklahoma! Sometime during college he put the two together, and has been working as a musical director (Avenue Q, The Fantasticks, Chicago City Limits, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Detroit and L.A.), conductor (Urinetown, Nunsense, tick, tick BOOM!), and pianist (Fosse, Hairspray, Victor/Victoria) for theatre ever since. He has also toured with Annie and Jekyll & Hyde. Gary composed the incidental music for Avenue Q, and contributed one song to Martin Charnin's The Next-to-the-last Revue. Altar Boyz marks his Off-Broadway composing debut. Gary would like to thank Buddy Fong for his support and guidance.  back to top


MICHAEL PATRICK WALKER (Music & Lyrics) Altar Boyz marks Michael’s Off Broadway composing debut. He is proud to say that Altar Boyz won the 2005 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off Broadway Musical. In addition, Michael was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards (of the show’s seven total) for both Music and Lyrics, and for a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical. In NYC, he has been seen (or at least heard) in the pit orchestras for Avenue Q (Conductor); Wicked; Thoroughly Modern Millie; La Bohème; The Lion King; tick, tick…BOOM! (Conductor); Jekyll and Hyde; Cats; and The Fantasticks (Conductor). Thanks to the crew, the band and the Boyz for making it happen every night. Very special thanks to his “advisors” and “therapists”, Vern and Sean, and to Buddy Fong.  back to top


MARC KESSLER (Co-Conceiver) is a member of the award-winning trio, the Manhattan Rhythm Kings, a group known for their polished song and dance performances of tunes from the '20s, '30s and '40s. The Kings most recently appeared off-Broadway with Tommy Tune in White Tie and Tails. In addition to his career with the Kings, Marc has performed at the Goodspeed Opera House, North Shore Music Theatre, and Maine State Music Theatre. Marc is a graduate of the Music Theatre department of the University of Michigan. Love to Casey and thanks to Ken.  back to top


STAFFORD ARIMA (Director) directed Altar Boyz in Seoul (Korea) and the 2006/2007 national tour. Other credits include the West End production of Ragtime which was recognized in 2004 with eight Olivier Award nominations including Best Director; Ace (The Old Globe/Cincinnati Playhouse/The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Outstanding Director of a Musical, 2007 Kevin Klein Award nomination); Bright Lights, Big City (Prince Music Theater); Candide (San Francisco Symphony); A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim (Boston Pops); The Secret Garden (2005 World AIDS Day concert); Children’s Letters to God (Off-Broadway); Chef’s Theatre (Off-Broadway); Guys and Dolls (Paper Mill Playhouse); Abyssinia (Goodspeed Musicals); Bowfire (world tour); Disney’s Aida (North Shore Music Theatre); A Little Night Music (Sacramento Music Circus); and Total Eclipse (TSP Studio Theatre, Toronto). His Broadway credits as Associate Director include A Class Act and Seussical. Stafford is a proud graduate of York University (Canada) where he was the recipient of the Dean’s Prize for Excellence in Creative Work  back to top


LYNNE SHANKEL (Music Director/ Co-Orchestrator, Dance and Additional Arrangements) B'way: Disney's Beauty and the Beast; You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Off-B'way: The Thing About Men, Summer of '42 (music direction, vocal arrs., orchestrations), The Cocoanuts, Milk and Honey. Regional: Princesses (premiere, Goodspeed at Chester), Tom Jones (premiere, North Shore Music Theatre), Pajama Game (Marriott Lincolnshire), Smokey Joe's Cafe (NSMT), Summer of '42 (Goodspeed, Theatreworks), Twelfth Night (Long Wharf), Rough Crossing and Camino Real (Hartford Stage). Albums: The Thing About Men (DRG) Lennie Watts I Want… You Want, Betty Buckley Heart to Heart. Upcoming: Summer of '42 (Jay Records), Princesses at the Fifth Avenue in Seattle. Love to Joe. For Mom and Dad.  back to top


CHRISTOPHER GATTELLI (Choreographer) Broadway: Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, High Fidelity. Off-B’way: Altar Boyz (Lucille Lortel Award, Joe Callaway Award, Drama Desk nom.); Bat Boy: The Musical (Lucille Lortel Award); tick,tick…BOOM!; How to Save the World; Adrift in Macao. West End: Sunday in the Park With George. Other favorites: Silence! Silence of the Lambs: The Musical (directed; Best Musical 2005 Fringe Festival), Chess (Broadway concert w/Josh Groban), Hair (directed, Broadway concert – Grammy nom.), Merry Christmas Charlie Brown (directed, w/new music by Andrew Lippa), “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” (three seasons). Upcoming: Sunday/Park on Broadway. Thanks Lou!!!  back to top


ANNA LOUIZOS (Set Design) Broadway: Avenue Q (2004 Tony Award, Best Musical); Golda's Balcony; Steel Magnolias, Lyceum Theatre (Spring 2005). Regional: Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Curran Theatre, San Francisco; Much Ado About Nothing and Beyond Therapy, The Old Globe, San Diego; Me and My Girl, Goodspeed Opera House; Disney Live Winnie the Pooh and the Perfect Day (current world tour). Off-Broadway: The Foreigner starring Matthew Broderick, Roundabout Theatre; Children's Letters to God, Lamb's Theatre; The Butter and Egg Man, Atlantic; Jonathan Larson's tick, tick…BOOM, (world premiere and US tour); The Castle, M.E.T. Also: George St. Playhouse, Charlotte Rep, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Alley Theatre, Merrimack Rep. Art Direction, Film & TV: "Sex and the City" (HBO); Secret Lives of Dentists; The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me; Tony Awards, 1990–1993.  back to top


GAIL BRASSARD (Costume Design) designed the recent Children's Letters to God and San Francisco Symphony's concert of Candide for director Stafford Arima. Recent credits include Ravinia Festival concert productions of Sondheim's Passion (Patti LuPone, Michael Cerveris, Audra MacDonald), A Little Night Music (LuPone, George Hearn, Zoe Caldwell) and Sweeney Todd (LuPone, Hearn) in concert for the NY Philharmonic and filmed for PBS. Broadway credits include The Miser and Taking Steps for Circle in the Square. Off-Broadway credits: Visiting Mr. Green with Eli Wallach; Jason Robert Brown's Songs for a New World; Encores! Pal Joey; Straight Jacket; Signature Theatre's Bosoms and Neglect and The American Clock (American Theatre Wing Design Award nomination); The Vineyard Theatre's The Waiting Room, Juno and Christina Alberta's Father; The Matchmaker (Theatre Wing nomination) at the Roundabout; and The Rothschilds. In addition to scores of regional productions, Gail designed the 124th edition of Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus. A graduate of Brandeis University, she is on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Upcoming projects include Jazz at Lincoln Center's remounting of the Ravinia Festival's production of Passion, to be broadcast on PBS in March.  back to top


NATASHA KATZ (Lighting Design) has designed extensively on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in American regional theatre. Recent Broadway: Aida (2000 Tony Award), Beauty and the Beast, Taboo, Flower Drum Song, Sweet Smell of Success, Twelfth Night, Dance of Death, The Capeman and Barrymore. Recent dance and opera: Carnival of the Animals (NYC Ballet), Tryst (Royal Ballet), Don Quixote (American Ballet Theatre) and Die Soldaten (NYC Opera). Permanent lighting installations: Niketown NYC and London and the Big Bang at the Museum of Natural History.  back to top


SIMON MATTHEWS (Sound Design) As a Production Sound Engineer Simon's work has been seen on 11 Broadway productions including the recent shows Into The Woods, Taboo and Brooklyn. While Broadway is his current home, he is ecstatic to a part of Altar Boyz.  back to top


DOUG KATSAROS (Co-Orchestrator/Synth Programmer) has played, sung & arranged for Gloria Estefan, KISS, Rod Stewart, Judy Collins, Peter Paul & Mary, Cher, Bon Jovi, LIVE, Frank Sinatra, Michael Bolton, Sinéad O'Connor, Donny Osmond, Aerosmith, B. B. King, Diane Schuur, Todd Rundgren, Richie Havens & others. Broadway: conducted Footloose; orchestrated The Rocky Horror Show; dance & vocal arranged The Life, Composed Laughing Room Only. Off-Broadway: co-wrote A...My Name Is Alice, Diamonds; composed Just So and Abie's Island Rose; arranged 1966. Also wrote "By Mennen."  back to top


KAT WEST (Production Stage Manager) originally from Pittsburgh, PA. Select NY stage management credits include Off-Broadway: Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge, Illyria, (Prospect Theatre Company); The Little Flower of East Orange (LAByrinth Theater Company/New York Public Theater). Off-Off-Broadway: China The Whole Enchilada (Big Boy Strut Productions); Soul Samurai (Ma-Yi Theater Company/Vampire Cowboys); Heddatron, Boozy… (Les Freres Corbusier). Opera: La Bohème, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci (NYC Opera).  back to top


DAVID GERSTEN & ASSOCIATES (Press Representatives) also represents the long running Off-Broadway hits Naked Boys Singing! and The Awesome 80s Prom, as well as Electric Pear, INTAR, Mint Theater, NY Musical Theatre Festival, New World Stages, Red Bull Theater, Stage Entertainment USA, and York Theater. Coming soon: Zero Hour, The Irish Curse, and The Deep Throat Sex Scandal. David is Associate Producer of the Off-Broadway hit, My First Time; previously, he produced Tea at Five starring Kate Mulgrew as Katharine Hepburn, BASH’d and Gaytino! at the Zipper Theater, and as well as the musical Dr. Sex. He serves on the Board of Governors of ATPAM, The Association of Theatrical Press Agents & Managers.  www.davidgersten.com.  back to top


KEN DAVENPORT (Co-Conceiver, Producer) “The PT Barnum of Off-Broadway” (NY Times), was recently named one of Crain’s “40 Under 40” and is the only Producer to have three shows running simultaneously Off-Broadway: Altar Boyz, The Awesome 80s Prom and My First Time. On Broadway, Ken produced 13 David Mamet’s Speed-The-Plow with and without Jeremy Piven, Blithe Spirit with Angela Lansbury, Will Ferrell’s You’re Welcome America and Oleanna starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles. Ken was also the subject of an iPhone commercial and writes the popular blog, TheProducersPerspective.com, which has been featured in NY Magazine, Vanity Fair, Gawker, The Gothamist and may others. He founded Broadway’s #1 social networking website, BroadwaySpace.com Acclaim Screenwriting Award for his TV pilot, “I.C.A.” Member, BMI Librettist workshop. Ken is currently developing a musical version of the film Somewhere in Time. www.davenporttheatrical.com.  back to top


ROBYN GOODMAN (Producer) was the co-founder of Second Stage Theatre and served as Artistic Director with Carol Rothman for 13 seasons. After leaving she spent four years as Supervising Producer of "One Life to Live" (six Emmy Awards) and two seasons as Director of Artistic Development at Manhattan Theatre Club. Since forming her own production company, Aged in Wood, she produced Bat Boy, The Musical; tick, tick…BOOM by Jonathan Larson (both winners of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical); and Our Lady Of 121st Street. Broadway credits include A Class Act, Metamorphoses (Drama Desk Award for Best Play 2001), the 2004 Tony Award-winning musical, Avenue Q and Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling directed by Jason Moore at the Lyceum Theatre. Ms. Goodman is also the Artistic Consultant to Counts Media and The Roundabout Theatre Company.  back to top


WALT GROSSMAN (Producer) is the Associate Producer of Avenue Q, the 2004 Tony Award winner for Best Musical. Next season he will be producing Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park directed by Scott Elliot. He was formerly a Director of Musical Theater Works and was involved with Sweet Smell of Success and the Off-Broadway production of Sin. In his real life, Walt is an active investor in early stage emerging growth companies.  back to top


RUTH HENDEL (Producer) Last season, Ms Hendel co-produced three Tony-nominated productions: Caroline, Or Change; A Raisin in the Sun; and Frozen. Her first producing ventures were tick, tick…BOOM! and Metamorphoses, followed by Our Lady Of 121st Street and The Exonerated. This season, she co-produced ‘night Mother and looks forward to Steel Magnolias and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. She's a board member of the O'Neill Theater Center and the LAByrinth Theater Company. Love to Stephen, Abby, Guy, Sam and Joe.  back to top


SHARON KARMAZIN (Producer) Broadway: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels with John Lithgow; Golda's Balcony (Associate Producer); Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses (2002 Drama Desk Award, Tony Award nomination for Best Play). Off-Broadway: Ann Meara's Down the Garden Paths with Eli Wallach and Ann Jackson. London: Ragtime (Olivier Award nomination). Upcoming: Steel Magnolias with Delta Burke. Serves on the Board of the George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, NJ and is president of The Karma Foundation, which supports the visual and performing arts.  back to top


MATT MURPHY (Producer) Matt recently produced Ephemera by John Yearley as part of the Summer Play Festival and Virgins by Mathew Frank and Dean Bryant as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival, where he also served as Associate Producer for the festival overall in 2005. Regionally, Matt has produced sold-out extended runs of Little Shop of Horrors, The Fantasticks, and an original children’s play which he wrote titled Yo Yowzers!. Matt has also directed in regional theatres throughout the U.S., has served as a guest panelist on the subject of producing theatre for several educational organizations, and is the founder and president of Marquee Merchandise LLC, which creates and manages the sales of merchandise for several Broadway and Off-Broadway shows here in New York and around the country.  back to top


MARK SHACKET (Producer) was the Company Manager on the Broadway musical Grey Gardens, having previously worked on productions of Le Stat, The Producers, All Shook Up!, The Boy From Oz and Les Misérables, to name just a few. Mark thanks his lucky stars that the accounting career didn’t stick and that he gets to have fun working on great shows such as this one.  back to top


STEPHEN KOCIS (Associate Producer) is the Vice-President of Aged In Wood, LLC, a multi-media producing company focusing on Broadway, Off-Broadway, television & independent film. He has assisted Robyn Goodman in producing a slate of projects which include Broadway: A Class Act, Metamorphoses & the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q. Off-Broadway: Our Lady Of 121st Street; Bat Boy The Musical; and Jonathan Larson's tick, tick...BOOM!, for which he also served as the marketing director. Prior to joining Aged In Wood, he was employed by Koerner Kronenfeld Partners (KKP) where he worked with the creative team on The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Byron Janis, music/lyrics and Albert Innaurato, book/lyrics) as well as KKP's book packaging division with Jane Lahr.  back to top


GOD (Divine Creator) is thrilled to finally be working at New World Stages. Selected credits include the heavens and the earth, light (which was good), whales and every living creature that moveth.Throughout his infinite years in the business, he has worked with a myriad of "A list" celebs, including Moses, Noah, Joan of Arc, Mother Teresa and Tony Danza, just to name a few. As an author, He received critical kudos for His rocky, self-published debut, "The 10 Commandments" (out of print), and won widespread acclaim for His "Holy Bible", which continues to break records as the best-selling book of all time. He is overjoyed to be able to return to His first love, the theater, and to have had the opportunity to bless such a wonderful production. This one's for My boy. ILYJC  back to top