Pop phenom boy bands and Christian-themed music are the inspiration behind “Altar Boyz,” among the top 10 longest-running off-Broadway musicals and now at the CLO Cabaret through Dec. 20. The show is presented as the final concert of the band’s “Raise the Praise” tour. Before you go, we thought you might like to get to know the men of “Altar Boyz,” who answered our questionnaire:
Tickets: $34.75-$44.75; clocabaret.com or 412-456-6666.
Pittsburgh connection or newbie: Point Park University graduate / my great-grandma grew up here.
Six words or fewer that describe your character: Leader, faithful, virtuoso, ambitious and sincere.
Favorite moment in the show: I love "The Genesis of The Altar Boyz" bit. It's a re-enactment of how we all met. My interaction with all the Boyz are so different that it's impossible to choose which moment is my favorite.
What kind of music makes your spirit soar: I love me some singer-songwriters. Very simplistic and meaningful.
Favorite boy band: Are the Altar Boyz a suitable answer? Because they definitely altered my mind to think it is.
Michael Greer, 32 (Luke)
Pittsburgh connection or newbie: Grew up in Pittsburgh! [South Fayette] Hometown boy!
Six words or fewer that describe your character: Streetwise bad boy of the group
Favorite moment in the show: The confessions sessions!
What kind of music makes your spirit soar: Anything John Legend.
Favorite boy band: ’N Sync.
Javier Manente, 21 (Juan)
Pittsburgh connection or newbie: I am a senior at Point Park University.
Six words or fewer that describe your character: Sexy, passionate, enthusiastic, Latin-lover, charming.
Favorite moment in the show: The confession sessions, when we get to hear the thoughts and concerns of some of our troubled audience members.
What kind of music makes your spirit soar: Latin rock, especially Argentinian rock, Charly Garcia, El Kuelgue, Fito Paez.
Favorite boy band: The 1975. Or the Backstreet Boys.
Carter Ellis, 22 (Abraham)
Pittsburgh connection or newbie: I just graduated from Point Park University.
Six words or fewer that describe your character: The funny, overzealous, Jewish one.
Favorite moment in the show: My favorite moment would have to be the opener. The anticipation reminds me of a boy band concert from the early 2000s.
What kind of music makes your spirit soar?: I'm extremely eclectic, so I can generally appreciate almost anything.
Favorite boy band: Probably ’N Sync.
Mason Alexander Park, 20 (Mark)
Pittsburgh connection or newbie: I was introduced to Pittsburgh through the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, where I met Kiesha Lalama and Van Kaplan during the filming of [the PBS documentary] “Broadway or Bust.” [Choreographer and educator] Kiesha convinced me to come to Point Park for school, and I have since gone on to have a wonderful relationship with Pittsburgh CLO.
Six words or fewer that describe your character: An optimistic ball of sunshine
Favorite moment in the show: Considering the fact that this show is essentially a nonstop tour de force featuring a cast of only five actors, it's very very hard to narrow it down. However, I am a huge fan of the last 15 minutes of the show. I don't want to spoil anything, but the boys get very desperate in their soul-saving mission and end up going to some hilariously extreme lengths to accomplish their goal.
What kind of music makes your spirit soar: I am a Broadway baby in every sense of the phrase, so I would have to say show tunes have a way of lifting my spirit higher than anything else.
Favorite boy band: I definitely have a special place in my heart for the Backstreet Boys!
Sharon Eberson: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1960. Twitter: @SEberson_pg.
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