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It’s the final concert of their “Raise the Praise” Tour, and the Altar Boyz—five small-town friends named Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan, and Abraham—believe it’s their destiny to save the world one fan at a time. The fivesome, who joined musical talents to become a picture-perfect pop group on a mission to spread the good word, converts fans with choreographed dancing and one infectious hook after another in songs such as the abstinence anthem “Something About You” and the hip-shaker “Rhythm in Me.” Throughout the performance, the Boyz repeatedly check their onstage “Soul Sensor DX-12” that displays the number of heavy souls in attendance, with a goal of making the reading drop to zero.
Altar Boyz, which spent five years off-Broadway, parodies model boy bands such as the Backstreet Boys, ‘N Sync, or Tom Brokaw’s Funky Bunch, yet as they do, they make the audience forget it’s watching a spoof. The New York Times admitted that the passion of the performance and the sincerity of the songs softens the tongue-in-cheek lyrics, making up a show that “sends you home with a smile.”
Dedicated to celebrating musical theater's past and present while paving the way toward its future, the Pittsburgh CLO lauds distinguished musical-theater folk while launching the careers of the next generation. Originally dubbed the Civic Light Opera Association, the Pittsburgh CLO launched in 1946 to much fanfare, including that of the Sun Telegraph, which declared "the CLO will inaugurate a cycle in the city's musical history that will outlive us all." Their assertion proved true—the CLO moved several times to support its expansion, established an Academy of Musical Theater, created the Gene Kelly Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theater, and injected itself with an immortality serum. Its spot in Pittsburgh's cultural community solidified, the CLO continues to stage national tours and Broadway shows while cultivating homegrown talent with original premieres.