July 10--Garner's own Broadway star is back for the summer and staring in the North Carolina Theatre's production of "Altar Boys." Jeremy Woodard, who grew up in Garner and graduated from Garner High School in 1997, is playing Luke, the resident bad boy, in "Altar Boys," which runs July 12 through 21 in the AJ Fletcher Theater at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.
"It's always good to come back and see my family and this [NCT] family as well," Woodard said.
Woodard began working with NCT while in high school and has performed in many shows since then.
For the past five years, Woodard has been a member of the "Rock of Ages" cast on Broadway. He started as a member of the ensemble and then became one of the leading characters, Stacee Jaxx, a 1980s rock star.
This summer, Woodard transitions from an 80s rock star to a Christian pop star in "Altar Boyz."
While both "Rock of Ages" and "Altar Boyz" center on music groups, they are very different musicals.
As for their similarities, Woodard said, "the way that they're designed, you're not coming to get a typical theater experience. You're coming to a concert of sort."
Woodard enjoys coming back to Garner every so often to visit family and old friends.
"That's one thing that doesn't waver. I've always felt nothing but support from the community," Woodard said.
His support and pride for Garner also shows. He wears his Garner Trojans shirt to rehearsals.
After "Altar Boyz," Woodard is headed back to Broadway to star in "Diner," a musical based on the 1982 film of the same name, with music written by Sheryl Crow.
Woodard's other Broadway and national tour credits include "Glory Days," "Hairspray," "Miss Saigon" and television's "The Big C" and "Smash."
"Altar Boyz" became an off-Broadway sensation in 2004. It is a musical comedy centering on a fictitious Christian boy band from Ohio. The show satirizes the phenomenon of boy bands and Christian pop music in American culture.
The show is only 90 minutes long and is set up as it were the last stop on the Altar Boyz's tour.
"I am very excited we are producing this musical and so proud of the five incredibly talented 'Boyz' that will be appearing on our stage. They will sing and dance their way into the hearts of all who come," said NCT Producer Carolee Baxter.
The show is being directed and choreographed by Carolos Encinias, who served as dance captain and standby in the original off-Broadway production of "Altar Boyz."
For tickets to NCT's production of "Altar Boyz," visit www.nctheatre.com or call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. For groups of 10 or more, call 919-831-6941 x5204.
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