Neil Haskell Joins "Altar Boyz' Tomorrow, 4/22

Neil Haskell, from Fox's hit reality show "So You Think You Can Dance," will join the cast of Altar Boyz, the acclaimed musical comedy at New World Stages, taking over the role of LUKE, beginning Tuesday, April 22nd.

Neil "is thrilled to be joining the cast of Altar Boyz." He made his Broadway debut in Twyla Tharp/Bob Dylan's The Times They Are A Changin'.   His TV credits in addition to  "So You Think You Can Dance" include "One Life to Live," and the film "The American Mall" (premiering on MTV in August). Regional theater credits include Beauty and the Beast, 42nd Street, Grease, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers - all at Pittsburgh CLO.

Altar Boyz, the acclaimed musical comedy, winner of the 2005 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical Off-Broadway, is the longest running new musical comedy to open in New York in years! Full of sharp parody, sinfully spectacular dancing, and irreverent humor, this spoof about a heavenly guy-group is adored by audiences and critics alike.  With an extraordinary mix of side-splitting songs "convincing enough to be played on MTV," uncontrollable laughs and lighthearted fun, this award-winning and totally original new musical is "90 minutes of pure delight" that's suitable for all ages and will have "the whole family laughing and singing along."  Altar Boyz recently completed its First National Tour. Altar Boyz enjoyed its Asian premiere in Seoul, South Korea and its European premiere in Budapest. Productions will be opening shortly in Sydney Australia and the Philippines.

Critics have spreading the word coast to coast: "Sly and funny subversion, terrific voices, soothing harmonies, and deliciously funny numbers. It sends you home with a smile! Made up of five potential Teen People cover boys." (Charles Isherwood, The New York Times); "Thank Heaven for Altar Boyz! It keeps you laughing all evening long. If laughter is a form of salvation, my soul is clean!" (Howard Kissel, Daily News); "Hilarious! This sweet and sassy, witty and completely unpretentious show sends everybody out on a cloud of mirth - and we mean everybody!" (Jacques Le Sourd, Journal News); "Ninety minutes of heavenly hilarity!" (Boston Globe); "You'll laugh your socks off!" (Chicago Tribune); "Hallelujah! Altar Boyz is in town. Funny song-and-dance numbers that never stop and a talented cast of five handsome men. Top-notch musical theater!" (Miami Herald).

Altar Boyz also features Michael Kadin Craig, Jay Garcia, Ryan J Ratliff and Ryan Strand and is directed by Stafford Arima and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli. Altar Boyz has music & lyrics by Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker with book by Kevin Del Aguila, based on a concept by Marc Kessler and Ken Davenport. New World Stages is located at 340 West 50th Street, just west of Eighth Avenue. For more information, visit www.altarboyz.com or call 1 - 877- ABOYZ - 411.  For all the gossip on the BOYZ, visit www.altarholics.com 

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