Altared States

If you could put together the perfect boy band, what would the elements be? You’d need a leader (Matthew); a sweet, sensitive singer (Mark); and since no boy band would be complete without a little taste of gangster, an edgy dude (Luke). A little bit of Latin lover (Juan) should help round out the mix, and just to top things off, you should include a nice Jewish boy (Abraham). Mix with some clean-cut Christian music, and voilà! You’ve created the Altar Boyz, and the Jonas Brothers are already shaking in their boots.

Well, stop dreaming. The band already exists — sort of — and their string of performances at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret, 1601 Arapahoe Street, opened last night and continues through June 27 on Friday and Saturday nights. “Altar Boyz is basically a concert,” says Evolution Theatre Company’s Britta Risner. “Basically, you have the five boys, and they’re part of the fictional — although we kind of play them as non-fictional — Christian boy band. The show takes place as the last show of their ‘Raise the Praise’ world tour, so it’s kind of their final hurrah on their first tour around the world.”

As with any good boy band, there’s plenty of drama involved, but the program is nevertheless suitable for practitioners of all religions. Tickets are $35; visit or call 303-293-0075.
Fridays, Saturdays. Starts: May 22. Continues through June 27, 2009

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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