Is there room on your smartphone for a soul-sensor app? You might hanker for one after attending “Altar Boyz,” the musical that’s larking about at 1st Stage in Tysons Corner. The show’s characters, who constitute a Christian boy band, possess just such an app — and they seem to be having such a blast, as they bop in and out of their faith-drenched tunes, that you may covet both their energy and their telecommunications assets.
“Altar Boyz,” of course, is the highly tongue-in-cheek mock concert that ran for 2,032 performances after opening off-Broadway in 2005. Written by book author Kevin Del Aguila and composer/lyricists Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker, the show introduces us to bandmates Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham: five crush-worthy, Ohio-raised youngsters who want to power-pop their audience to salvation, passing through the eye of a needle if necessary. On the final night of their “Raise the Praise” tour, the lads treat us to numbers such as “Something About You” (with its memorable romantic lyric, “Girl, you make me wanna wait”) and “The Calling” (“Jesus called me on my cell phone / No roaming charges were incurred”). Periodically, one of the team checks the soul sensor, to see how many folks in the audience have sidled closer to heaven.