The cast of the CLO Cabaret premiere of "Altar Boyz," Sept. 24-Dec. 20, will be Pittsburgh CLO alumni Mike Greer as Luke and Mason Alexander Park as Mark, as well as newcomers Michael Brown, Carter Ellis and Javier Manente.
More on the cast, via Pittsburgh CLO:
Michael Brown (Matthew) is a recent graduate from Point Park University with a BFA in Musical Theatre and Dance minor. His favorite Pittsburgh credits include: The Wind in the Willows (Otter), The Boy Friend (Tony Brockhurst) and, most recently, A Grand Night for Singing (Comic Juvenile).
Carter Ellis (Abraham) is also a recent Musical Theater graduate from Point Park University. His recent credits include Urinetown (McQueen) and The Producers (Leo). As a native of Kansas City, he has also been seen on the KC Starlight Stage in productions such as Cinderella and Xanadu.
Michael Greer (Luke) is a Pittsburgh CLO veteran whose credits with CLO include The Full Monty (Keno), Les Miserables, 42nd Street, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Legally Blonde. Other credits include You Say Tomato, I Say Shutup! (Jeff Kahn) at the Denver Center, Shrek The Musical (Big Bad Wolf) at North Shore Music Theatre, Miss Saigon (2010 Tour), Beauty & the Beast (Gaston), Footloose (Willard) with Pittsburgh Musical Theater and Jesus Christ Superstar at Kansas City Starlight. Up next is Guys & Dolls at PPT.
Mason Alexander Park (Mark) was last seen at the Cabaret as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show, and at the Benedum as the first male countertenor to regionally play Miss Andrew in Pittsburgh CLO's Mary Poppins. He was introduced to Pittsburgh CLO through the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, during which time he was featured on PBS's reality series "Broadway or Bust." He recently performed at the Kennedy Center in D.C. as the 2013 Presidential Scholar in the Arts for Musical Theatre, which featured him in the PBS documentary, "Becoming an Artist". He can also be seen on other shows such as "iCarly."
Javier Manente (Juan) is making his Pittsburgh CLO debut. US credits: In the Heights, The Boy Friend, Oklahoma!, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Honk! and the world premiere of 21 The Musical. Argentina credits: Spring Awakening, Rent, Locos Recuerdos and Grease, among others. Mr. Manente is a current senior musical theatre student at Point Park University.
Adam Cassel (Understudy) makes his Pittsburgh CLO debut and as he returns to 'Raise the Praise' with the "Boyz." After graduation from Brown University, Adam joined the National Tour of "Altar Boyz" as Abraham. He then joined the National Tour of Hairspray (IQ) and was honored to be a part of the tour's closing company.
The Altar Boyz are on a mission from above to put the "pop" back in piety, wooing legions of bingo hall and pancake breakfast fans throughout their "Raise the Praise" tour. Next stop? Pittsburgh! The musical parody about a heavenly boy-band features songs such as "Girl You Make Me Wanna Wait" and "Jesus Called Me On My Cell Phone."
Thursdays 1:00pm* & 7:30pm * Thursday matinees–10/29, 11/19, 12/17
Saturdays 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Tickets: Individual tickets go on sale July 13. Tickets start at $34.75 at CLOCabaret.com or 412-456-6666.