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Phillip Lowe, clockwise from top, Joshua Black, William Richardson, Kevin Jordan and Thomas Marcus in Egyptian Theatre Company's "Altar Boyz." The show has rock music and a Christian message.

Utah is fast becoming a state where regional premieres happen. With "Les Miz," "Curtains" and "The Light in the Piazza" being just a few most recent. Now it's time for "Altar Boyz."

Think Backstreet Boys (or any boy band, for that matter) meets Christian rock. This off-Broadway hit is still running in New York to sold-out houses. "Altar Boyz" has high-energy choreography, five dreamy heartthrobs and, most importantly, a message of Christ.

In an effort to help you enjoy summer theater, the Egyptian Theatre has lowered ticket prices to help ease the sting of high gas prices.

The "Raise the Praise" tour, with songs such as "Jesus Called Me on My Cell Phone" and "Confession Session," will hit the stage of The Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main, Park City, Friday and run through Aug. 2.

Shows are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $16-$34 (435-649-3971 or www.parkcityshows.com).

Here is a list of other shows opening this week:

"The Drowsy Chaperone," Broadway in Utah, opens Wednesday and runs through June 29 at the Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South.

When Man in Chair meets the audience, he wants to introduce them to his favorite musical, "The Drowsy Chaperone." He puts on the old record, and the 1920s musical springs to life in his apartment. A very funny, charming and Tony Award-winning musical.

Shows are nightly, times vary, with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $20-$60 (801-355-2787 or www.arttix.org).

"The Sound of Music," Murray Arts in the Park, opens Thursday and runs through July 2 at the Murray Park Amphitheater.

The classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is about Maria, a nun-turned-governess; Captain von Trapp; and his seven children. With some of Broadway's most singable melodies, this is a great family night of entertainment.

Shows are nightly, except Sunday, 8 p.m. Tickets are $5-$7 with a $25 family pass available (801-264-2614).


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