The Altar Boyz are coming to Beck Center

Beck Center for the Arts presents the rockin’, rafter-raising, soul-saving spoof, Altar Boyz on the Mackey Main Stage, July 18 through August 17. Winner of the 2005 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical, Altar Boyz is a fast-paced, booty-swinging musical comedy about a fictitious Christian boy-band performing the last concert of their “Raise the Praise” tour. Join heavenly heartthrobs – Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan, and Abraham as they dance and sing their hearts out to save the souls of the sinful.

Show times for Altar Boyz are 8:00 pm Fridays and Saturdays and 3:00 pm Sundays. To request tickets, contact the Beck Center box office at (216) 521-2540 or online at Beck Center is located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood, just 10 minutes west of downtown Cleveland. Free, convenient on-site parking is available.

Based on the book by Kevin Del Aguila with music and lyrics by Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker, Altar Boyz was nominated for numerous 2005 Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Music, Outstanding Lyrics, and Outstanding Book of a Musical.

Directed by Beck Artistic Director Scott Spence and choreographed by Verb Ballets’ Hernando Cortez, Altar Boyz stars Josh Noble as Matthew (the leader of the band), John Riddle as Mark (the sensitive one), Dan Grgic as Luke (the bad boy), Ryan Jagru as Juan (the Latin lover), Connor O’Brien as Abraham (the gefilte fish out of water); and the voice of Emmy Award-winning NBC news correspondent, Martin Savidge as the Announcer and Voice of G.O.D. Savidge is an alumnus of Beck’s Theater Education program.

“As Beck Center has consistently done this season, we are thrilled to bring Northeast Ohio yet another regional premiere – and this one is pretty amazing.” exclaimed director Spence. “After nearly four seasons, Altar Boyz is STILL playing Off-Broadway to packed houses nightly. It is a fiercely energetic musical with five amazing performers.” He further remarked, “It's the prefect blend of comedy and music, practically defining what the public is looking for on a hot summer night. This could be the breakout hit of the summer!”

Ticket prices for Altar Boyz are $28 for adults, $25 for seniors and $17 for students (22 and under with I.D.). Group discounts are available for parties of 13 or more. Rush tickets for students (22 and under with I.D.) are offered for $10 each on Sundays only, 30 minutes prior to curtain, based on availability.

The Beck Center’s production of Altar Boyz is sponsored by WNWV 107.3 The Wave, and Cox Communications. Programming at the Beck Center is made possible through the generous support of the Ohio Arts Council, The Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, The John P. Murphy Foundation, The Kulas Foundation, The Eva L. & Joseph M. Bruening Foundation, The Abington Foundation, and the Thomas H. White Foundation. Beck Center gratefully acknowledges the citizens of Cuyahoga County for their support through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

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Volume 4, Issue 13, Posted 3:38 PM, 06.17.2008