Thursday, February 15, 2007

Altar Boyz at the Wadsworth Theatre

I had a spectacular experience watching the off-Broadway production Altar Boyz at the Wadsworth Theatre last night. While the show's description on ExperienceLA aptly covers the general basis of the show - "a musical-comedy spoof about a fictitious Christian boy-band on the last night of their national 'Raise the Praise' tour" - it does little justice in encompassing the actual experience of the show.

The show is hilarious.

From its musical numbers to the moral dilemmas of its cast of characters - five hearthrob boys (Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan, and Abraham respectively) from Ohio sent by God to save the souls of others through song and dance - there's not much that doesn't leave you grinning (or bursting out into laughter, like most of the audience watching with me).

A ninety-minute production, the show is jammed-pack with references that poke fun at almost every subject it touches (religion and pop's pop culture especially). The actors shine in their abilities to execute well (and mock) boy band dance numbers and sing - with incredibly straight faces - hilariously memorable songs such as Girl, You Make Me Wanna Wait, Church Rulez, and Jesus Called Me on My Cell Phone. A must-see while it's running in town - Altar Boyz will be at the Wadsworth Theatre in West LA from February 13th-February 25th!

-Charity Tran, ExperienceLA Web Coordinator


Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see such a great review. I'm a fan from New York who has been following the tour through google alerts. I love reading how people across the country feel about the show. It's just such a fun show!

Anonymous said...

Altar Boyz is an amazing show that has good music with a message. If you like singing, dancing, music, and good looking guys, then this is the show for you! Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan, and Abraham are on a mission to save souls across the country with their fantastic songs. Each boy has their own story that will guarentee to make you laugh and cry! Altar Boyz is the type of show you are going to want to see again and again with all your Christian friends! Warning: After the show you WILL want to buy everything that says "Altar Boyz" on it! 5 stars all the way! -Steph1636

Anonymous said...

I'm gald you enjoyed the show so much. I love the show alot. I got to see the tour in LA too and really enjoyed the tour cast. You should go check out altarholics, you'll find alot of information on the show.


Bobbie said...

So glad you enjoyed the show! It's a great one; I've seen it in NYC and plan to go back again. It's funny, the music, singing and dancing are first rate, and it has a nice message in there somewhere. Sweet, funny, with talented guys like that ... how could you go wrong?