Off B'dway tuner ends after nearly five years

Off Broadway tuner “Altar Boyz” will shutter in January after a run of nearly five years.

Show’s hefty lifespan qualifies it as a longrunner, particularly in a commercial Off Broadway landscape that has become an increasingly difficult economic proposition over the last several years.

Production, which opened at New World Stages March 1, 2005, took almost three years to recoup its $1 million capitalization, and the producing team — led by Ken Davenport and Robyn Goodman — have been aggressive in trimming expenses throughout the course of the show’s life.

“Altar Boyz” currently runs with no ad agency, marketing director, casting director or general manager, according to Davenport. A follow-spot operator has been eliminated and another crew person was cut when the show was re-teched to run with fewer people. The duties of the wardrobe person also have been lessened.

In addition, Davenport said curtain times had been adjusted to best take advantage of the show’s trend toward tourist-driven, day-of sales.

Producers are hopeful the show will have a healthy future as a licensed titled. A non-Equity tour is on the road.

“Boyz,” a comedy about a Christian rock boy band, has music and lyrics by Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker and book by Kevin Del Aguila, based on a concept by Marc Kessler and Davenport. Stafford Arima directs, with choreography by Christopher Gatelli.

When it closes Jan. 10, tuner will have run 2,032 perfs.

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