Praise Be! Tyler Maynard Returns to NYC's Altar Boyz in 2006

News   Praise Be! Tyler Maynard Returns to NYC's Altar Boyz in 2006 Off Broadway's Altar Boyz will welcome back its original Mark, actor Tyler Maynard, Jan. 9, 2006, at Dodger Stages.
Tyler Maynard
Tyler Maynard Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Maynard garnered Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award nominations as Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical when he originated the part in early 2005 (he was also in a test run in fall 2004 as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival). Maynard, a veteran of Mamma Mia! and The Miracle Brothers, is also heard on the Altar Boyz cast album.

Altar Boyz is a musical-comedy spoof about a fictitious Christian boy-band on the last night of their national "Raise the Praise" tour. The Boyz — "five ultra-talented heartthrobs from Ohio" - are lead singer "Matthew (the pretty-boy hunk and leader of the pack), Mark (a sensitive young man with a deep faith in Cher), Luke (a bad-boy with an "interest" in communion wine), Juan (a hot-blooded crooner with a passion for pretty girls) and Abraham (a nice Jewish boy, who's not quite sure how he ended up here...)."

The 90-minute musical won the 2005 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical. Joining Maynard are Scott Porter as Matthew; James Royce Edwards as Luke; Dennis Moench as Abraham; Nick Sanchez as Juan; and Shadoe Stevens as the voice of G.O.D.

Altar Boyz is directed by Stafford Arima and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli. The show has music and lyrics by Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker with book by Kevin Del Aguila, based on a concept by Marc Kessler and Ken Davenport.

The creative team includes scenic design by Anna Louizos, costume design by Gail Brassard, lighting design by Natasha Katz and sound design by Simon Matthews. Lynne Shankel serves as music director and co-orchestrator with Doug Katsaros. Performances are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM and 8 PM, and Sunday at 3 PM and 7 PM, at Dodger Stages, Stage 4 (340 West 50th Street). Tickets are $69.99 for all performances ($1 Restoration charge included).

Dodger Stages, Stage 4 is located at 340 West 50th Street, just west of Eighth Avenue.

Tickets may be ordered online at www.telecharge.com or by phone at (212) 239-6200. For more information, visit www.altarboyz.

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Ken Davenport and Robyn Goodman, in association with Walt Grossman, Ruth Hendel, Sharon Karmazin, Matt Murphy and Mark Shacket, are the show's producers.