According to Lincoln Center's new LCT3 project at its slogan, it takes "New Audiences for New Artists." It also takes new critics, hence the establishment of Theater Talk's New Theater Corps in 2005, a way for up-and-coming theater writers and eager new theatergoers to get exposure to the ever-growing theater scene in New York City. Writers for the New Theater Corps are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the off-off and off-Broadway theater scene, learning and giving back high-quality reviews at the same time. Driven by a passion and love of the arts, the New Theater Corps aims to identify, support, and grow the arts community, one show and one person at a time.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

A Godsend: Atlar Boyz, review by Elizabeth Devlin

What do you expect when you hear that Altar Boyz is a rock musical about a Christian boy band? You probably expect to laugh, see cute boys, and hear some unoriginal Catholic jokes. All true- except for the last. The laughter is non-stop, whether you are a practicing RC (Roman Catholic), Jewish, or even an atheist who can’t stand organized religion. The boys are not only cute, but talented singers and amazing dancers. The Catholic jokes, for the most part, are fresh and unique. With songs about waiting until marriage and Jesus calling on a cell phone, this show turns the pop-rock image of boy bands on its head.

All the members of the cast – Scott Porter as the leader, Danny Calvert as the flaming believer, James Royce Edwards as the bad boy, Nick Sanchez as the fiery Latino, and Dennis Moench as the Brooklyn Jew, work terrifically as an ensemble and each have a chance to shine. Gary Adler’s music and lyrics and Christopher Gatelli’s choreography combine to create an evening that is high-energy and unapologetically light and amusing. You probably won’t come out of the theatre converted, but there is a good chance you’ll leave smiling.

Open-ended run.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday at 8:00 p.m.Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.Sunday at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Dodger Stages Stage 4340 West 50th St(between 8th and 9th Avenues)New York, NY 10019US

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