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Off-Broadway hit Altar Boyz comes to Greenwich Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AFTER five years and over 2,000 performances Off-Broadway, award-winning musical comedy Altar Boyz receives its UK premiere at Greenwich Theatre, where it runs for just 14 performances – from Friday, October 3 to Saturday, October 18, 2014.

According to press material, the Altar Boyz are ready to spread the good news through the glory of sweet pop music; not to mention their heavenly harmonies, divine dance moves, and faith that’s stronger than their hair gel.

Audiences should expect a foot-stomping, rafter-raising musical comedy about a fictitious boy-band on the last night of their Raise the Praise tour. The Boyz are five all-singing, all-dancing heartthrobs – Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham – trying to save the world one screaming fan at a time.

Their pious pop act – including numbers such as Girl You Make Me Wanna Wait and Jesus Called Me On My Cell Phone – worked wonders on the bingo hall circuit, but when fate brings them to New York, will the boyz take a bite out of the forbidden apple?

Full of sharp parody, sinfully spectacular dancing and irreverent humour, Altar Boyz has been adored by audiences all over the world. With an extraordinary mix of side-splitting songs, uncontrollable laughs and light-hearted fun, this award-winning and totally original musical is described as 90 minutes of heavenly delight that is destined to rock the masses of all denominations!

Altar Boyz is directed by Steven Dexter, whose credits include Loserville in the West End and the world premiere of Stiles and Drewe’s Honk! at the Watermill Theatre. Casting has yet to be announced.

Altar Boyz is presented by Paul Taylor-Mills Ltd who recently produced the critically acclaimed production of In The Heights at Southwark Playhouse. Paul Taylor-Mills said today:

“After the overwhelming success of In The Heights, Bare: the rock musical and our BroadwayWorld award-winning production of Rent, we are delighted to have been given the opportunity to present yet another premiere of an American import. I have been trying to secure a life for Altar Boyz for several years and am thrilled to be presenting it with one of the UK’s most accomplished directors of new musicals, Steven Dexter. He is so wonderfully imaginative and I’m thrilled with the cast he has assembled, to be announced soon”.

Conceived by Marc Kessler and Ken Davenport, and presented by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe, Altar Boyz has a book by Kevin Del Aguila, and music and lyrics by Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker.

Tickets: £14 – £20. To book, call the box office on 020 8858 7755 or visit www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk/.

Time: Monday to Saturday at 8pm.