Fringe Review: Altar Boyz – The Musical

Altar-BoyzPresented by Davine Interventionz
Reviewed Wednesday 6th March 2013

The all-too-short run of this off-Broadway musical is a crowd-pleasing Adelaide première, featuring five spunky altar boys saving souls boy-band style.

Leading the pack in this musical-comedy is Brady Lloyd, as Matthe,w and he’s star quality all the way, especially in handling Shenayde Wilkinson-Sarti’s fantastic choreography. He’s joined on stage by Brody Thomas-Green as gay goth, Mark, Gareth Wilkes as tattooed jock, Luke, Lindsay Prodea as Jewish Abraham, and Dominic Hodges as lady’s man, Juan.

The comedy is in the song lyrics more so than the predictable plot and banter, but David Gauci’s tight direction keeps this show spirited and fun, ably supported by Emma Knight’s great musical direction, and the three-piece band.

Sound problems make dialogue and lyrics difficult to understand or hear at times, and result in the band often drowning out the performers, but there’s enough volume to enjoy most of the production, even when jokes are lost.

Good fun.

Reviewed by Rod Lewis, Performing Arts Critic, Glam Adelaide.

Adelaide Fringe page

Davine Interventionz website

Venue: Star Theatres, 145 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Hilton
Season: 5-8 March
Duration: 90 minutes
Tickets: $18.00 – $25.00
Bookings: FringeTix, Box Office in Rundle Mall, or phone 1300 621 255

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