No Town Like Motown: National Tour of Altar Boyz Will Launch In Detroit in Fall

News   No Town Like Motown: National Tour of Altar Boyz Will Launch In Detroit in Fall
Altar Boyz, the soul-saving new Off-Broadway pop musical about a Christian boy group, will tour the country starting with a September engagement in Detroit.

Traveling is already part of the concept of the original show, which features handsome Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham as pop singers on a soul-saving tour (in the Off-Broadway production at Dodger Stages they make reference to the New York engagement of their musical missionary tour).

Ken Davenport and Robyn Goodman, in association with Walt Grossman, Ruth Hendel, Sharon Karmazin, Matt Murphy and Mark Shacket, announced the tour April 18. It launches at the City Theatre (formerly home to The Second City) in Detroit in September-October as part of the Nederlander subscription series there. Additional cities will be announced.

"Armed with catchy melodies, divine moves and product in their hair, Altar Boyz is the new musical comedy where the acclaimed apostles of pop bring their soul-soothing tour to Detroit, with their heavenly lyrics like 'Girl, You Make Me Wanna Wait,'" according to the announcement.

Altar Boyz was recently honored with four Lortel Award nominations, including Best Musical, from the League of Off-Broadway Theaters & Producers.

The tour cast will be announced shortly, but Shadoe Stevens will continue as the voice of G.O.D. Altar Boyz is directed by Stafford Arima and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli. The 90-minute concert-style musical has a score 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 scene design by Anna Louizos, costume design by Gail Brassard and lighting design by Natasha Katz. Lynne Shankel will serve as music director and co-orchestrator with Doug Katsaros.

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