Altar Boyz


Altar Boyz

Full-Length Musical, Comedy  /  5m

Book by Kevin Del Aguila
Music and Lyrics by Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker
Conceived By Marc Kessler and Ken Davenport

A foot-stomping, rafter-raising musical comedy about a fictitious Christian boy band on the last night of their national “Raise the Praise” tour. The Boyz are five all-singing, all-dancing heartthrobs from Ohio: Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham.

Image: 2007 Drury Lane Theatre Production (Michael Brosilow)

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
  • Duration
    90 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Parody / Spoof
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
  • Winner! 2005 Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Off Broadway Musical
    Nominee: Seven 2005 Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical, Book, Lyrics, Music and Orchestration
    Nominee: Four 2005 Lucille Lortel Awards, including Outstanding Musical
    Nominee: 2005 Drama League Award, Distinguished Production of a Musical 
Altar Boyz


With their tight harmonies and spectacular choreography, the Altar Boyz delight their audience. Performing a full set, including their signature hits “Rhythm In Me,” “The Calling” and “I Believe,” the Boyz question their loyalty to each other and ask whether or not faith is really holding them together. In the end, they deliver a message of unity: “there is no star as bright as its constellation, no harmony in a single voice.”
Altar Boyz debuted at the 47th Street Theatre in New York City as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival in September 2004. The show opened off-Broadway at Stage 4 of Dodger Stages (now New World Stages) on March 1, 2005, where it ran for 2,032 performances, making it the ninth longest-running off-Broadway musical of all time.
5 Men, aged 17-30

All five men are called upon equally to sing and dance; each character has a distinct personality and a chance to shine.

Matthew - The Leader
Mark - The Sensitive One
Luke - The Bad Boy
Juan - The Latin Lover
Abraham - The Gefilte Fish Out Of Water
Announcer/Voice of G.O.D. - Voiceover
  • Time Period New Millennium/21st Century
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Duration 90 minutes


“An energetic crowd- pleaser!” – David Rooney, Variety
“Divine! A 90- minute tornado of tasty pop tunes and nifty moves.” – Michael Sommers, Star Ledger

“Hilarious! This Sweet and sassy, witty and completely unpretentious show sends everybody out on a cloud of mirth – and we mean everybody! There’s not a soul in the theatre that isn’t captured. Finally, a show to unite the country!” – Jacques Le Sourd, Journal News

Altar Boyz is a moving experience, one sure to attract new congregants to the Church of Musical Theatre.” – Sandy MacDonald,


  • Opening Night of "Altar Boyz" Off-Broadway w/Scott Porter, Andy Karl  youtube thumbnail

    Opening Night of "Altar Boyz" Off-Broadway w/Scott Porter, Andy Karl


  • Altar Boyz

    Image: 2007 Drury Lane Theatre Production (Michael Brosilow)


Music Samples

1. "We Are The Altar Boyz" - The Altar Boyz
2. "Rhythm In Me" - The Altar Boyz
3. "Soul Sensor 1" - The Altar Boyz
4. "Church Rulez" - The Altar Boyz
5. "Soul Sensor 2" - The Altar Boyz
6. "The Calling" - The Altar Boyz
7. "The Miracle Song" - The Altar Boyz
8. "Everybody Fits" - Abraham
9. "Confession Sessions" - The Altar Boyz
10. "Something About You" - Matthew
11. "Body, Mind & Soul!" - Luke
12. "Soul Sensor 4" - The Altar Boyz
13. "La Vida Eternal" - Juan
14. "Soul Sensor 5" - The Altar Boyz
15. "Epiphany" - Mark
16. "Number 918" - The Altar Boyz
17. "I Believe" - The Altar Boyz

Full Orchestration

Keyboard II

  • Musical Style Contemporary Broadway
  • Dance Requirements Moderate
  • Vocal DemandsDifficult
  • Orchestra Size Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size No Chorus

Licensing & Materials

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

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1 Logo Pack
7 Libretto-Vocal Book
1 Keyboard 1-Conductor
1 Logo Pack


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Kevin Del Aguila

Kevin is an acclaimed actor, writer, and director in New York City. He is a two-time Emmy Award-winning writer of the PBS show Peg + Cat, recipient of the Heideman Award for his play The Greekest Of Tragedies (Actors Theatre of Louisville), and book-writer of the hit comedy A ...

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Gary Adler

Gary hails from the Detroit suburbs and attended the University of Michigan, where he studied Music Composition with William Bolcom and accompanying with Martin Katz. He has been a working theater musician in New York City for over 20 years. As a pianist and conductor, his cr ...

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Michael Patrick Walker

Michael Patrick Walker is an award-winning composer/lyricist, writer and musician whom The New York Times hailed as "a skilled songwriter" and The Huffington Post dubbed one of today's "must-know songwriters.” He has been honored with an Outer Critics Circle Award and multip ...

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Marc Kessler

MARC KESSLER is the co-creator of the long running off-Broadway hit musical ALTAR BOYZ, winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical 2005. For six years, Marc was a member of the tap dancing trio, the Manhattan Rhythm Kings. Highlights with the Kings ...

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Ken Davenport

Ken Davenport is a Broadway and off-Broadway playwright, as well as a Tony Award-winning producer. His writing credits include the Broadway musical Gettin’ The Band Back Together as well as the off-Broadway shows The Awesome 80s Prom, My First Time, and Miss Abigail’s Guide t ...
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