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Altar Boyz (2005 Original Off-Broadway Cast) [Cast Recording]

Michael Patrick Walker, Scott Porter, Gary AdlerAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 17, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Ghostlight Records
  • ASIN: B0009A40IE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,878 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. We Are The Altar Boyz
2. Rhythm In Me
3. Church Rulez
4. The Calling
5. The Miracle Song
6. Everybody Fits
7. Something About You
8. Body Mind & Soul
9. La Vida Eternal
10. Epiphany
11. Number 918
12. I Believe
13. Bonus Track 1

Editorial Reviews

Altar Boyz may ride on a single idea, but that idea is brilliantly carried through: What if there was an openly Christian boy band? Because the show's success depends on that one concept, every detail has to be perfec--and it is. Each member of the titular quintet is typecast--the Hispanic one, the gangsta one, the could-be-gay one, etc.--and the singers perfectly ape the perky 'N Sync/American Idol style, easily navigating between yelping pleading and bombastic bravado. The booklet even comes complete with lengthy, smarmy thanks from the Boyz ("big props to the Big Man in the sky"). As for the music, it's drenched in cheesy synths and appropriately catchy: Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker (contributing six songs each) may have gleefully nailed the genre's inane lyrics, but they didn't forget the melodies either. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS HAS CRUNK! July 17, 2005
By B. Roby
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This off-Broadway show is about a struggling Christian rock band on its way to New York and the "big time." Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan, and Abraham take the audience to church with songs like "Church Rulez," "Rhythm in Me," and "The Miracle Song." With lyrics like "God just called me on my cell phone" and "Girl you make me want to wait," you KNOW you're going to be laughing and singing along.

I took my 18-year-old son to see the show when we went to a New York journalism convention in March 2005. It was not my choice, but I figured it was his trip, it appealed to him, so we went. BOYZ, was I surprised! What a treat! It was fun even before the Boyz came onstage when the stage crew came out and manually sprayed fog on the stage. Then the Boyz came on, and it was non-stop singing and hilarity from beginning to end.

At Dodger Theater, all seats are close to the stage and have good sight-lines. The neatest thing, however, is that the stars come out to the lobby after the performance and sign their poster and mingle with lingering audience members. What a truly genuine bunch of guys!

The CD was not available in March, so I kept track of it via their website ([...]) and ordered it through Amazon as soon as it was released. The CD is another treat! The songs are well-performed and tightly-recorded. I am transported back into the Dodger Theater audience each time I listen to it, and I listen to it A LOT! I have a CD at home, a CD in my car, and a CD I lend to friends.

The touring show begins in September 2005. If it comes close to you, go see it. You will not be disappointed. Meanwhile, enjoy the CD and the website -- both are full of fun, trivia, photos, Boyz-in-character blogs and end notes, and lots of laughter.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best "Catholic" take-off since Nunsense! September 29, 2005
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Seriously - although this may seem a silly thing to say, the nearest thing to this hilarious romp IS "Nunsense" - albeit that the older musical could not be more unlike this one in many ways. The basic idea in both cases is to gently (in fact lovingly) point to some of the fundamental absurdities in religion (specifically Christianity - even more specifically Catholicism).

Catholics, (and other Christians) will however laugh with the rest of us - in fact I detect the odd "in" joke that they will get and we won't. Having said that, this IS satire - it is basically making (good natured) fun of certain aspects of Catholicism (and Christianity in general). In other words - don't be afraid of being preached at if you're not religious - and on the other hand don't expect anything too uplifting if you are. It's meant to be funny, OK?

The other thread to the satire is musical - poking fun at a certain species of stereotypical pop music. This is really brilliantly executed - fans of this sort of music will simply enjoy, and wonder why the rest of us are in stitches. Of course this is the very best kind of musical satire.

The CD itself is presented NOT as a cast album, but as if it were an album from the Boyz themselves - complete with corny dedications taking off seriously "Christian" albums. AT first glance, in fact, or even second glance for that matter, there is nothing to connect it with a musical! I can imagine it being mis-classified in record shops!

I hesitate to point to any specific moments in this score - but my favourite is the song "Something about you" where one of the boyz who is definitely heterosexual (frankly, the others give one reasons to wonder) sings about his girl friend and their "chaste-but-highly-charged" relationship.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice suprise June 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
My husband and one of our best friends went to see Altar Boyz, with no expectations. What a fun show!!! The show was completely tongue-in-cheek. If you just don't like boy-band music, you probably won't get into the CD. If you're into satire, you'll get into it.

Personal note: After the show, we pre-ordered the CD. After ordering, we met Tyler Maynard (Mark), Scott Porter (Matthew) and Daniel Torres (Juan) from the cast. What a bunch of nice guys. They were sincerely appreciative of the audience who came to the show. This made us bigger fans. Good things happening to nice people. We saw Tyler here in Cleveland, in a show called "Disney's On the Record" and recognized him.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!! June 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This CD is absolutely amazing. It's so funny and so clever. Now, as a young Jewish girl, I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this. It definetely exceeded my expectations.

Now, it's about a Christian boy band who are on the last stop of their "Raise the Praise" tour.

The amazing score is backed by an absolutely phenomenal cast.

Scott Porter graciously takes the role of Matthew,"The Leader", and does he do it well. His voice fits so well for this music, it's like the songs were written for his voice. He's got a beautifully smooth tone to his voice that keeps you hooked every time he sings. During his solo song, "Something About You", he croons to a swooning audience member, "Girl, you make me wanna wait."

Tyler Maynard humorously tackles Mark, "The Sensitive One". He too has an incredible voice. He also seems to be the closeted gay member, and comes out during the show stopper "Epiphany" - as Catholic. He is so funny, and each line he delivers is so tongue in cheek that you can't help but laugh.

Andy Karl hilariously takes on the role of Luke, "The Bad Boy". Luke is the ghetto one, the one from the "wrong side of the tracks". Which he really isn't, which makes it that much funnier. He delivers each lyric with such humor and he does it so effortlessly. He is absolutely hysterical, rapping and being so white-ly ghetto. During his solo song, "Body, Mind and Soul", he hilariously says, "Who needs a G-E-D? I got my B-I-B-L-E!"

Ryan Duncan takes on the role of Juan, "The Latin Lover". He is armed with a wonderful Spanish accent, which comes through on most of the lines he sings, making them that much funnier. During his time to shine in the song "La Vida Eternal", the witty lyrics are backed by music well suited for Ricky Martin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Music and Good Fun
I happened to see a road show cast in Bethesda, Maryland, and the show was just great. The cast was excellent, the music light and funny. Fun, too.
Published 21 months ago by Frank McEvoy
1.0 out of 5 stars Incorrect song titles
I purchased the downloadable version of this album (without, unfortunately, having seen the previous review) and thankfully the actual songs are correct, but the tags on the songs... Read more
Published on April 17, 2011 by kjs
I'm really not sure why this is happening. But the sample tracks on this page are for The Great American Trailer Park, not for Altar Boyz. Read more
Published on October 6, 2010 by Larissa
5.0 out of 5 stars a Fantastic Show
We just came back from seeing the touring production at The Little Theater on the Square in Sullivan, Illinois, and we were totally blown away. Read more
Published on October 26, 2008 by groomRN
5.0 out of 5 stars Kitschy but oh so fun
A musical about a Christian boys band -- a dubious idea at best, but Altar Boyz executes it beautifully for a result with subtle lighthearted satire and very catchy music. Read more
Published on November 12, 2007 by ECT
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
i really enjoyed this CD, the only problem i have with it is that the show was so amazing live that a CD can't quite do it justice. Regardless, it still made me happy.
Published on July 3, 2007 by Jill
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoying the show all over again
Having totally enjoyed the show live in San Francisco, every time I play this CD I am allowed to relive the experience. Read more
Published on June 26, 2007 by Avie Lumpkin
4.0 out of 5 stars Good...but the guys on tour are better
If you are buying this disc. after seeing Altar Boyz on tour you will be disappointed. Vocals just aren't as strong. Read more
Published on May 17, 2007 by M. Bingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Got the CD before I saw the show and it was amazing. Songs that stick, and you end up humming them all the time.

A must have for everyone.
Published on May 12, 2007 by R. Anthony Espinoza
5.0 out of 5 stars Moore Boyz Please!
This past Friday and Saturday night I got to see Altar Boyz tour cast at the Moore Theatre in Seattle. Read more
Published on February 11, 2007 by Annamaria
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