The musical comedy about a Christian pop group — Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham — begins its commercial Off-Broadway run at Dodger Stages (Stage 4) Feb. 15 toward a March 1 opening. Ken Davenport and Robyn Goodman produce.
Porter was recently discovered singing at Disney World and Universal Studios in Florida. He previously appeared in Off-Broadway's Toxic Audio.
Porter joins Ryan Duncan (Man of La Mancha, Fiddler on the Roof) as Juan; David Josefsberg (Les Miserables, Grease) as Abraham (the Jewish boy); Andy Karl (Saturday Night, Saturday Night Fever) as Luke and Tyler Maynard (Mamma Mia!) as Mark, the youngest of the Altar Boyz.
With tongue-in-cheek, and armed with a collection of original songs about faith, friendship and the Lord (in one song God calls via the cell phone), the struggling band brings its act to New York City.
Altar Boyz has a score by Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker, book by Kevin Del Aguila (based on a concept by Marc Kessler of The Manhattan Rhythm Kings and Ken Davenport who developed Awesome '80s Prom.
Designers are Anna Louizos (scenic), Gail Brassard (costume) and Natasha Katz (lighting). Lynne Shankel (The Thing About Men ) serves as music director and co-orchestrator with Doug Katsaros (Rocky Horror Show, Footloose ).
Tickets are $66 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings and $69 Friday, Saturday and Sunday matinee. Performances will be Tuesday through Friday evenings at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM and 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM and 7 PM.
Dodger Stages is at 340 W. 50th Street, just west of Eighth Avenue. For tickets, call Telecharge.com at (212) 239-6200. For more information, visit www.altarboyz.com.