Altar Boyz: A Catholic Book of Mormon
Music and Lyrics by Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker; Book by Kevin Del Aguila, this show combines the cringe worthy elements of ‘boy bands’ with the worst of religious piety. For those of us who remember those attempts to make Catholicism more ‘rock and roll’ Altar Boyz is a must see. Catholic or not, this musical satire, is so cleverly scripted that you will laugh despite yourself. Director, Courtney Crouse, music director, Jeremy Ramey, and chorographer, Sawyer Smith, continue the tradition of Theo Ubique with providing us with a huge production in a small space. The musical oozes with talent. From casting five very talented actors/singers, to using every available nook and cranny, Altar Boyz superbly captures a hip piety that will make you squirm and laugh at the same time.
In a time dominated with fragmentation, and cynicism, Altar Boyz is a joyous escape. Leave the political machinations of intrigue at home and indulge in some salacious religious fun. Tis the season to revel in levity, deck the heart with cheap tinsel, and abandon the mind to vacuous commercial frivolity. If you want something to get you through the holidays and remain cheerful, this is your, go to happy place. I would go further and say, this is a perfect present for friends who enjoy a smart, hilarious, satire of the best intentions wrapped up in a throwback 90s boy band.