CHICAGO – Full cast and creative team for Theo Ubique’s holiday season production of ALTAR BOYZ was announced today by Director Courtney Crouse, who previously directed A MARVIN HAMLISCH SONGBOOK and HONKY TONK ANGELS for the company. Playing the members of the fictitious Christian boy band of the title will be Max DeTogne, Frankie Leo Bennett, Colin Schreier, Brian Bandura and Steven Romero Schaeffer. Joining Crouse on the creative team will be Theo Ubique’s Resident Music Director Jeremy Ramey and choreographer Sawyer Smith. Ramey and Smith are both recent Jeff Award winners: Ramey was named Best Music Director this year for Theo’s THE MOST HAPPY FELLA and Smith won the 2016 award for his choreography of HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL by Kokandy Productions.
DeTogne, a two-time Jeff nominee for his leading performances in Theo Ubique’s JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and Refuge Theatre Project’s HIGH FIDELITY THE MUSICAL will play Altar Boy Matthew. DeTogne is currently appearing as Clyde Barrow in Kokandy’s BONNIE AND CLYDE. Frankie Leo Bennett, Sonny in Porchlight’s IN THE HEIGHTS, will be Mark. Colin Schreier, who’s earning rave reviews in Theo Ubique’s currently running production of A NEW BRAIN, will play Luke. Juan will be played by Brian Bandura, a 2016 graduate of Indiana University with credits at Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre. Appearing as the lone Jewish member of the Altar Boyz, Abraham, will be Steven Romero Schaeffer, who is currently performing in BIG RIVER at Theater at the Center and has appeared in HAIR at Metropolis Arts Center.
ALTAR BOYZ is a mock concert by a fictitious Christian boy band including singers named Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Abraham. One of off-Broadway’s longest-running musicals with a run of nearly five years, ALTAR BOYZ gently parodies both boy bands and Christian pop music through a score of comic and tuneful songs. It will open to the press on December 4, following previews from December 1, and play through the holiday season up until January 14, 2018
All performances will be staged in the intimate No Exit Café, 6970 N. Glenwood Avenue in Rogers Park. Tickets are on sale now at www.theo-u.org. Season tickets will go on sale soon.
Music and Lyrics by Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker;
Book by Kevin Del Aguila (based on an idea by Marc J. Kessler and Ken Davenport)
Directed by Courtney Crouse
Music Directed by Jeremy Ramey
Choreography by Sawyer Smith
December 1, 2017 – January 14, 2018
No performance Christmas Eve, December 24
New Year’s Eve performance at 7 pm
Ticket prices previews December 1-3: All seats $20.00
Ticket prices regular run: Thursdays and Sundays $34.00, Fridays and Saturdays $39.00
New Year’s Eve performance 7 pm Sunday, December 31. All seats $49 or $69 including dinner (advance reservations required)
$5.00 discount on regular run prices for seniors and students
Dinner (optional) is $25.00. Advance reservations required
Curtain Times: Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm; Sundays at 7:00 pm.
All performances will be held at the No Exit Café located at 6970 N Glenwood Ave.
More information at www.theo-u.com or by phone at 800-595-4849.
Student Rush All Season Long!
(All unsold tickets are $20 at the door with college ID. Tickets will be sold on site, cash only, at curtain. First come, first served, subject to availability.)
ALTAR BOYZ is 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. As they perform their signature hits such as ‘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. They finally deliver a message of unity, that ‘there is no star as bright as its constellation, no harmony in a single voice.’
ABOUT THEO UBIQUE
Theo Ubique was founded in 1997 by artistic director Fred Anzevino. Productions were first staged at the Heartland Studio Theatre, and then in 2004, at No Exit Café, where the company began focusing on musicals and revues, reigniting the cabaret theatre trend in Chicago. Since then, Theo Ubique has produced more than 50 shows and received more than 40 Jeff Awards, having received more than 100 nominations. It has also received three After Dark Awards.