Altar Boyz, the Acclaimed Boy Band Send-Up and Musical Comedy, from Onyx Theatre
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Composer Art Kaufman actually owns a song-poem recording business, where amateur wordsmiths can send in their poetry and have it set to music -- for a fee of course. For Song-Poems Wanted! The Musical he used lyrics from real-life customers to create an unforgettable journey through the hopes, dreams, lonesome ramblings and twisted rants of a group of aspiring poets and musicians whose lives are connected by the fictitious song-poem recording company Star Records. The unforgettable cast of characters ranges from sleazy Star Records owner Sharkey, who "grinds out songs like sausages," to Captain Bicycle, a zany nerd who dreams of fixing the planet through the power of Jesus Christ, big-breasted women, and good old-fashioned rock 'n' roll. Learn More
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Altar Boyz indroduces a struggling Christian boy band from Greenville, Ohio, who are on the last night of their “Raise the Praise” U.S. tour and determined to make the big time. The Boyz – Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham (he’s Jewish) — are intent on saving souls and raising spirits. There’s Matthew, the hunky leader, who holds the group together; Mark, the sweet and sensitive one, who choreographs all the band’s signature moves; Luke, the bad boy with an interest in communion wine and driver of the Altar Boyz van; Juan, the Latin lover who’s popular with the ladies; and Abraham, a nice Jewish boy who’s not sure how he ended up in the group.
With spectacular dance moves and a fully automated Sony Soul Sensor DX-12 to gauge the spiritual well-being of the crowd, the Altar Boyz bring the funk, lift the soul and spread a message about the power of faith, friendship and brotherhood. Concieved by Marc Kessler and Ken Davenport, with a book by Kevin Del Aguila and music and lyrics by Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker, Altar Boyz first premeired in 2004 at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. In the spring of 2005, it transferred to off-Broadway’s New World Stages, where it is still running. Altar Boyz won the 2005 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical and was nominated for seven Drama Desk Awards, including Best Music, Best Lyrics, Best Book and Best Musical.