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Monday, July 13, 2015

Higher Praise for 'Altar Boyz' at Spotlighters

It might be seen as a miracle, but the cozy Spotlighters Theatre has been transformed into a spacious Baltimore concert hall where screaming fans of the 5-member Christian boy band Altar Boyz stomp, clap and cheer at the band’s final concert of their Raise the Praise tour.  Well, maybe not exactly, but the performances from the band themselves spew enough energy and talent to fill any venue, and it clearly works well at Spotlighters.  #hocoarts
Photo: Chris Aldridge/CMAldridgePhotography
Altar Boyz, with music and lyrics by Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker and book by Kevin Del Aguila, spoofs Christian dogma and its Christian-themed music as well as boy bands’ popularity without a heavy touch and keeps you laughing with the satirical, clever lyrics contained in the songs.  Altar Boyz, which ran from 2005-10, became the 9th longest running off-Broadway show and received several awards including the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical.

The fictional concert customizes its material to relate to Baltimore (or wherever the musical runs) whereby the boyz from Ohio passionately deliver the messages of Christianity, try to save the burdened souls of the audience, and confront (or confess) their own vulnerabilities.  Though gimmicky, a device called the Soul Sensor (monitors above the stage) is used to count down the number of burdened souls remaining in the audience with the expressed goal of reducing the number to zero.
For full review, visit MD Theatre Guide.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great review!! Lauren Honeycutt agrees with you on DCMetroTheaterArts.

5 stars on DCMetroTheaterArts for 'Altar Boyz': "***** The greatest boy band I have ever seen in person – the Altar Boyz at the Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre...I cannot express enough how much I loved this show. It is pure fun and is an absolute joy to watch. Whether your soul needs saving or not, get to the Spotlighters Theatre to see Altar Boyz!" Lauren Honeycutt, DC Metro Theater Arts.