Bare: A Pop Opera

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Bare: A Pop Opera
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Bare: A Pop Opera 2004 Off-Broadway Poster
MusicDamon Intrabartolo
LyricsJon Hartmere, Jr.
BookJon Hartmere, Jr.
Damon Intrabartolo
Productions2000 Los Angeles
2004 Off-Broadway
2008 Sacramento
2008 Houston
2008 Seattle
2008 Indianapolis
2009 Amherst
2009 Denver
2009 Toronto, Canada
2010 Rochester, NY
2010 Ypsilanti, MI
2010 Sydney
2011 Minneapolis
2011 St. Louis
2011 Lansing
2011 Kalispell
2011 Putnam, CT
2011 Windsor, Canada
2011 Kingston, NY
2011 Albany, NY
2011 Detroit, MI
2012 Manila
2012 York
2012 Liverpool
2012 Knokke, Belgium
2012 Preston, Lancashire
2012 Stagedoor Manor
2012 Lynchburg, VA
2013 London
2013 Fort Lauderdale, FL
2013 Richmond, VA
2013 Manhattan, NY
2013 Toronto, ON
2013 White Plains, NY
2013 Fargo, ND
2014 Rochester, NY
2014 Barcelona
2014 Youngstown, Ohio
2014 Atlanta
2014 Binghamton, NY
2014 Lima, PERÚ
2014 Kansas City, MO
2014 Columbus, Ohio
2014 Peoria, Illinois
 
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Bare: A Pop Opera
Bare a Pop Opera Off Broadway Poster.JPG
Bare: A Pop Opera 2004 Off-Broadway Poster
MusicDamon Intrabartolo
LyricsJon Hartmere, Jr.
BookJon Hartmere, Jr.
Damon Intrabartolo
Productions2000 Los Angeles
2004 Off-Broadway
2008 Sacramento
2008 Houston
2008 Seattle
2008 Indianapolis
2009 Amherst
2009 Denver
2009 Toronto, Canada
2010 Rochester, NY
2010 Ypsilanti, MI
2010 Sydney
2011 Minneapolis
2011 St. Louis
2011 Lansing
2011 Kalispell
2011 Putnam, CT
2011 Windsor, Canada
2011 Kingston, NY
2011 Albany, NY
2011 Detroit, MI
2012 Manila
2012 York
2012 Liverpool
2012 Knokke, Belgium
2012 Preston, Lancashire
2012 Stagedoor Manor
2012 Lynchburg, VA
2013 London
2013 Fort Lauderdale, FL
2013 Richmond, VA
2013 Manhattan, NY
2013 Toronto, ON
2013 White Plains, NY
2013 Fargo, ND
2014 Rochester, NY
2014 Barcelona
2014 Youngstown, Ohio
2014 Atlanta
2014 Binghamton, NY
2014 Lima, PERÚ
2014 Kansas City, MO
2014 Columbus, Ohio
2014 Peoria, Illinois

bare, also known as bare: A Pop Opera and bare the musical, is a rock musical with a book by Jon Hartmere, Jr. and Damon Intrabartolo, lyrics by Hartmere and music by Intrabartolo. The story focuses on two gay high school students and their struggles at their private, Catholic boarding school.

Productions[edit]

The musical debuted at the Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles, California, running from October 2000 - 25 February 2001. The New York production of bare at the American Theatre of Actors off-Broadway, ran from 19 April - 27 May 2004. The Los Angeles and New York productions were both directed by Kristin Hanggi. bare made its Houston debut at The Country Playhouse Black Box Productions June 6–21, 2008. It was directed by O'Dell Hutchison with musical direction by Luke Kirkwood. bare had its Southwest Regional Premiere at Uptown Players in Dallas, TX in 2008 directed Cheryl Denson. bare had its Canadian premiere in the summer of 2009 at the Hart House Theatre, Toronto, produced by WatersEdge Productions Inc. bare had its Sydney Premiere in September 2010 at the New Theatre, as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival. "bare" made its Midwest debut in Kansas City, MO at Unicorn Theatre in May 2009. Bare played at the Black Box Theater (also known as The Complex Performing Arts Center) in Putnam, Connecticut from 8–16 July 2011. It was staged by the MacEwan University performing arts graduates and Raw Mango Productions at the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival 14–20 August 2011. bare had also been produced in the Philippines by the Ateneo de Manila University in 2009, with the initial run hosted by the undergraduate musical theatre organisation Blue Repertory. The same group also hosted a revival run from 29 February to 10 March 2012 at Teatrino, Promenade, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan, Metro Manila. NUEMusic Theatre in York,UK staged the musical from 1 March to 3 March in 2012 inside a converted south hall chapel in York St John University. Bare had its Winnipeg premiere at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival in July 2012 staged by The Musical Theatre Company. In September 2012 "Bare" had its Belgian Premiere in CC Scharpoord in Knokke. The amateur musical group 'Milo Productions' played "Bare" for a short time and sold out 8 performances. It featured a Belgian cast of amateur musical actors. The 2012 Off-Broadway production of bare previewed from November 19 through December 8 and opened on December 9, 2012 at New World Stages. The musical was directed by Stafford Arima.[1]


bare is being presented in March 2013 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) as part of the Broward Center's PRIDE SERIES. Produced in association with DreamChild Productions, bare features Musical Direction by Eric Alsford and is Directed and Choreographed by Andrew Fiacco.[2]

The Richmond, Virginia production of the pop opera was July 17 - August 17, 2013 at the Richmond Triangle Players (RTP) as the opener of the 2013-2014 season. Bare: A Pop Opera was Directed and Choreographed by Justin Amellio and Musical Direction by Kim Fox. It was nominated for seven Richmond Theatre Critics Circle (RTCC) awards: best musical, best direction, best musical direction, best costumes (Alex Valentin), best actor in a leading role (Ian Page as Peter), best actress in a leading role (Morgan Meadows as Ivy), and best actress in a supporting role (Kelsey Cordrey as Nadia). It won the RTCCs for best musical, best direction, and best actress in a supporting role.[3]

bare: a pop opera had its Regional Premiere July 26–28, 2013 in White Plains, NY at the White Plains Performing Arts Center (WPPAC).[4] It featured a cast of Westchester and NYC actors, directed by Jeremy Quinn, with musical direction by Stephen Ferri. WPPAC co-produced the show with Harrison Summer Theater, a group founded by Ferri.

A new production of the original version has been produced again in Los Angeles, this time at the Hayworth Theatre. It opened on September 6, 2013, produced by Topher Rhys & Jamie Lee Barnard for glory|struck Productions, directed by Calvin Remsberg, choreographed by Jen Oundjian with musical direction by Elmo Zapp.[5]

The San Diego premiere of the production opened on July 12th at Diversionary Theatre, directed by Noah Longton, choreography by Michael Mizerany, and music direction by Tony Houck. Starring Dylan Mulvaney, Charlie Gange, Katie Sapper, Samantha Vesco, Mitchell Connelly, Martin Ortiz, Nadia Guevara, Chris Bona, Alexandra Slade, Gabi Leibowitz, Samantha Wynn Greenstone I, Christopher Ruetten, Kiani Nelson, Rae Henderson and Charles W. Patmon Jr.

Synopsis[edit]

Act I[edit]

bare opens at a Mass on the Feast of the Epiphany in St Cecilia's Boarding School. Peter, an altar boy, is dozing off and having a nightmare in which he is outed and condemned by everyone ("Epiphany"). After Mass, Peter encounters Jason, St Cecilia's resident golden boy who is also his roommate and secret lover; Jason tries to assure Peter about their secret relationship ("You & I"). Peter asks Jason to audition for Romeo and Juliet, but Jason initially refuses. Alone, Peter reflects on his angst about his relationship with Jason ("Role of a Lifetime").

At "Auditions," drama teacher Sister Chantelle is dismayed by the lack of adept actors until Jason shows up, to everyone's shock. He and Matt, another altar boy, battle for the part of Romeo. In the end, Jason is cast as Romeo, Ivy (Peter and Jason's friend, whom Matt is in love with) as Juliet, Peter as Mercutio, Matt as Tybalt, and Nadia (Jason's overweight, sharp-tongued twin sister) as the Nurse. Jason attempts to console his sister, who wanted to play Juliet ("Plain Jane Fat Ass"). Opening a belated birthday gift, the siblings discover that Jason has been accepted into Notre Dame. The song was replaced with "Love, Dad" in the 2004 Off-Broadway production.

Later, Matt attempts to plan a small surprise birthday for Ivy. Lucas, the school's party boy, plans a trip to a rave, bringing along ecstasy and two other drugs (K and GHB) ("Wonderland"). Seeing a scantily-clad Ivy and its effect on Matt, Nadia decides to spend "A Quiet Night at Home" and play her cello instead.

At the rave, Peter dances with Jason and Ivy with Matt ("Rolling"). Peter tries to kiss Jason, who leads him outside. They argue over their secret relationship: Peter wants them to come out and make their relationship known but Jason refuses because he's afraid to be condemned and lose everything he has. Eventually, Peter and Jason kiss ("Best Kept Secret"); however, Matt has seen everything.

The next morning, the students gather for "Confession." Matt and Peter nearly spill their respective secrets to the priest, Matt about seeing the kiss and Peter about being gay. At rehearsals, Sister Chantelle realises she has her work cut out for her. Nadia jokes about Ivy's promiscuity, making the latter to consider the impression she has on the other students ("Portrait of a Girl").

Matt's little get-together becomes a huge party, thanks to Nadia's hand in the planning ("Birthday, Bitch!"). Peter accidentally eats pot brownies and begins flirting with Jason. A drunk Ivy does the same and Jason chooses her over Peter to save face, making Peter storm off. Matt also leaves when Ivy ignores his advances. Ivy asks Jason to kiss her as a birthday gift, and he reluctantly agrees ("One Kiss").

Matt leaves the party to sit alone with a bottle of wine, expressing his frustration while Peter is nearby doing the same. They then drink together and comfort each other ("Are You There?"). A drunk and high Peter then whispers to Matt the true nature of his relationship with Jason. Matt heads to bed and Peter has a vision of a Sister Chantelle-like Virgin Mary with angels, the Virgin telling him that he needs to come out to his mother ("911! Emergency!").

At rehearsals, Romeo and Tybalt's fight scene becomes real as Matt abandons the script and tackles Jason, calling him a faggot. They are separated by an angry Sister Chantelle ("Reputation Stain'd"). Peter tells Jason about his vision and asks him to come home with him for Spring Break so he can come out. Jason panics, afraid of what his father might do if he ever found out, and breaks up with Peter ("Ever After").

Later, Nadia sings a sardonic song she wrote about "Spring." Peter leaves for Spring Break without a word to Jason, and Ivy shows up at Jason's dormitory room to apologise for her actions on her birthday. Jason tells her it was cute, so Ivy goes in for more. Peter and Matt pine for each of their loves, Nadia wishes to be noticed, while Jason sleeps with Ivy, hoping it is the right thing to do ("One").

Act II[edit]

The second act opens in the school chapel which is decorated elaborately for Peter and Jason's wedding ("Wedding Bells"). The ceremony turns instead into Jason and Ivy's wedding, as this is really Peter's nightmare. Later, class ranks are posted, and Jason has achieved the valedictorian spot, once again besting Matt ("In the Hallway").

Ivy tells Jason that he is her first true love even though she has been with other boys before ("Touch My Soul"). Jason realises he is still in love with Peter and breaks off with Ivy, devastating her.

Peter calls his mother Claire, to come out but she evades the point ("See Me"). Claire hangs up, shaken and knowing what Peter wanted to say. Eventually her love for him is stronger than her religion and she introspectively accepts him ("Warning").

Two weeks before the show, Ivy misses rehearsals again, claiming to be sick. Sister Chantelle asks Ivy's inept understudy Diane to play Juliet. As Diane stumbles and forgets her lines, Peter takes over, and for a moment, all is well as Peter dances with Jason ("Pilgrim's Hands") until Ivy appears at the last minute. Sister Chantelle cancels rehearsals and Peter leaves. Ivy pulls Jason aside and tells him that she has something she needs to tell him and he agrees to talk before the student-led rehearsals. After the other students leave, Peter returns to pick up his things and Sister Chantelle tells Peter that she knows what is bothering him and that he is just as God wants him to be ("God Don't Make No Trash").

Nadia returns to her dormitory and argues with Ivy about missing rehearsals. She assumes it was because Jason broke up with her, but Ivy reveals that she is carrying his child ("All Grown Up"). Ivy finds Jason practising his valedictory address in the auditorium, and says that she is pregnant and she still loves him. Matt comes in and reveals to Ivy that the reason why Jason cannot love her is because he is still in love with Peter. At that point, Peter and Nadia arrive, and Peter, Jason and Matt exchange heated words. Peter admits he told Matt, and is not sorry for it. The rest of the cast, who were waiting for rehearsals to begin, heard everything as they were waiting in the auditorium ("Promise"). Everyone leaves, leaving Peter and Jason alone. Jason begs Peter for help; Peter says he tried and also leaves. Distraught, Jason reflects on his relationship with Peter, and how even through his fear he knows that it is the only thing that will comfort him ("Once Upon a Time"). Jason, having nowhere else to go, goes to the priest to ask if God still loves him and can forgive him. The priest ultimately says that Jason will only be fine if he denies his natural feelings ("Cross").

During rehearsal, Lucas passes out the drug orders and tells Jason that they're still cool. Jason tells Peter that he talked to the priest about their relationship to show Peter that he still cared ("Two Households"). Jason asks Peter to run away with him, but Peter refuses to run and thus tells him it's over, as he's had his fill of hiding and running away. Jason, thinking that means he's lost Peter for good, takes a lethal dose of GHB. As the school play begins, Jason again pulls Peter aside telling him that he has always loved him since they first met; Peter tells him he loves him too and if they part it's not goodbye. The lovers kiss ("Bare").

During the show, Jason becomes increasingly disorientated, and while delivering the "Queen Mab" speech, he loses his place and begins to hallucinate. During the masked ball scene, he collapses and reaches for Peter, who holds him as he dies ("A Glooming Peace"). Peter goes to Confession, intending to confront the priest about Jason's last visit. Peter accuses the priest of failing to show Jason empathy, and when the priest merely apologises for Peter's loss, Peter ironically forgives the priest ("Absolution").

At graduation, Peter, Matt, Ivy, and Nadia wonder whether or not they could have prevented Jason's death and consider the role they played in it. The graduates all move forward into a world that will yield more questions than answers ("No Voice").

Bare: A Pop Opera[edit]

Musical Numbers[edit]

† Replaced with "Love, Dad" in the 2004 Off-Broadway production.

Casts[edit]

The following cast lists represent the original Los Angeles cast (2000), the original NYC cast (2004), the 2007 recording, the revival Los Angeles cast (2013), Dallas, TX (Southwest Regional Premiere) cast (2008), the Original Canadian Cast (2009), Sydney (2010) cast, the Ypsilanti cast (2010), Fairport, NY cast (2010), the Lansing cast (2011), the Putnam, CT cast (2011), Detroit cast (2011), York, UK (2012), the Liverpool cast (2012), the Preston cast (2012), the Richmond, VA cast (2013), Knokke, Belgian cast (2012), the Ft. Lauderdale cast (2013), the London cast (2013), the Manhattan, NY cast (2013), the Toronto, ON cast (2013), the White Plains, NY (Regional Premiere) cast (2013), the Schenectady, NY (Proctors Theater) cast (2013. The Rochester cast (2014), The Newcastle cast (2014), the Binghamton, NY cast (2014), the Barcelona cast (2014), The first latin cast "Teatristas" Lima - Perú (2014), The Peoria cast (2014)

RoleNew YorkLos AngelesAlbum[6]Los Angeles Revival (2013)[7]Dallas (Regional Premiere)CanadaSydneyYpsilantiFairport, NYLansingPutnamYork (UK)Liverpool (UK)Preston (UK)Richmond, VAFt. Lauderdale, FLLondon (Union / Greenwich)Manhattan (NY)Toronto, ONWhite Plains, NY (Regional Premiere)Knokke (Belgian Premiere)Newcastle (UK)AtlantaBinghamton, NYNew York (2012)BarcelonaLima - Perú (2014)San Diego, CAPeoria, IL
Jason McConnellJohn HillJohn GriffinJames SnyderJonah PlattJoshua DossGraham ParkhurstZachary SmithJoshua PerryParker MooreMichal KolaczkowskiPaul LietzAran MacRaePeter FendallJames Lloyd-SkinnerSam JonesJacob Aaron CullumRoss William WildDalles WilieNicholas WebsterColin EaryesNils KnockaertDylan StaffordTony SolenJoshua SmithJason HiteJan Forrellat / Víctor ArbeloGabriel Gil SanllehíCharlie GangeAustin Gruber
Peter SimmondsMichael ArdenJohn TorresMatt DoylePayson LewisSean Patrick HenryWade MuirSeann MooreEric BriggsJohn AlatiChristopher RobinsonJeremy GeragotelisMikhail LimPhil Teles AmaroRob WoodwardIan PageChris McCabeMichael VinsenMatthew CorrRiley BaldwinDavid CroninTimo TembuyserBryce LaverickIan KelsoAndrew SimekTaylor TrenschMarc FlynnCarlos CasellaDylan MulvaneyJeremy Kelly
Ivy RobinsonJenna Leigh GreenJenna Leigh GreenJenna Leigh GreenLindsay PearceKayla CarlyleAlison O'NeillJenni LittleGabriela GranadosCasey O'ConnorErika MoulMeagan HayesLottie HenshallZoe EvansAbbie Stock / Lois LonsdaleMorgan MeadowsNicole PiroLilly Jane Young / Jodie SteeleMadeleine LodgeLaila KharoubaKerri GeorgeSharon SlabbinckKatie OrkneyGina DeLiseAnna SimekElizabeth JuddAnna HerebiaValerie UrrunagaKatie SapperBree Carroll
Nadia McConnellNatalie Joy JohnsonKeili LefkovitzKeili LefkovitzKatie StevensLiz WoodcockClaire RouleauElyse AtkinsAbigail Hill-KennedyTaryn Elisabeth SnyderKrista DelongSeana HendricksonRobyn GrantLucy MulvihillHannah Roberts / Kerry EdgingtonKelsey CordreyMarissa RosenMelanie Greaney / Molly StewartVirginia MarcsKatherine WelshTriona O'CallaghanFarah GeertsSarah-Jayne TaylorsonAubrey TurnbullAnnie GrahamBarrett Wilbert WeedIskra BocanegraLorena RodriguezSamantha VescoBeth Ann Evers
Matt LloydAaron LohrWallace SmithChristopher JohnsonNathan ParrettDarius-Anthony RobinsonDavid SazantJordan AngelidesNick RapsonBrad BalandisEric MillerPaul LucentiJohn WhitneyMark FrostLiam TankardAustin TateMike WestrichDale Evans / Luke BakerBrad WidenerEric PitfieldRichie BarrellaThomas MaesAlex FrancisBrandon KalusaMatt EdlindGerard CanonicoMarc GómezPiero ChiarellaFarris Abou-Hanna
Lucas CarterAdam FlemingPhilip Dean LightstoneJason RyterbandCasey HaydenClayton FarrisTravis PaulAndrew WangAndy BurtChristopher David MauroRicky HernandezAlan KariukiNathan UnthankAlex WilliamsDanny FaheyLucian RestivoDavid TracyLiam Ross-Mills / Gary Lee NetleyDanny BeasonStephen AmonAaron Michael KruegerDieter De SmedtJo StewartDeclan WagarEli Carlin--Miguel Ángel SánchezLuis LecarhosMartin MaxwellFrank Drew
Sister ChantelleRomelda BenjaminStephanie AndersenStephanie AndersenStephanie AndersenNatalie KingNichola LawrenceSarah HamadKeshia OliverCassandra GiovinneAmanda HubbardBeth SilviaSam CraneSian HolmesGrace Jenkins / Letitia GeorgeChloe WilliamsMimi JimenezHannah Levane / Claudia KariukiAnita PurcellDavrielle (Dove) SalsbergSarah Teresa BrownMarijke MaelegheerChidinma Odinaka OkekeShari PerkinsMari LewisMissi PyleLucy LummisTrilce CaveroKiani NelsonJasmyne Providence
PriestJim PriceMark Edgar StevensJim PriceJohn GriffinJeff KinmanJeremy LaPalmeChris BamfordJeff FaustVincenzo CatarisanoGraham LundeenShane KeglerSteve TearleJosh FoggJustin MiddletonCraig SmithRay BoltzMatt Harrop / Christopher DickensGary LizardoLucas AndersenAdam WelshStephan Vanden BergheDaniel GreigJoel RoseScott FisherJerold E. SolomonEduard DoncosFrancisco HolguínCharles Patmon JrScott Moore
Tanya GarrettSasha AllenCharity HillJudith HillCaitlin AryCharnelle R. BrattonAntonette RudderHolly Summers-ClarkeSamantha HohenshilJackie RahmlowBrittany NicolHannah SmithEmily RamsdenNaomi MothersilleJoss Cotterill / Laura KeeleyTarnee' Kendell HudsonAngela MoormannRosanna Yeo / Lauren RaeChristina CarlucciLia LuzTerri-Ann GordonKathy MaelegheerBecky MorrisThainara CarvahloMegan Germond--Anna LagaresBettine SolfNadia GuevaraA'Lease Rutherford
Diane LeeKay TrinidadJennie KwanKara MaguireReesa IshiyamaAmber Nicole GuestAmanda Milligan (Understudy Ivy)Monique SalleAmanda XydisLauren DonoghueNeva KeuroglianAshley BressetteEvie BlackstockHarriet PackerJess Barrowman / Gemma DruceAnnie Shea HulcherLindsey JohrNatalie Chua / Tash HolwaySavannah Rose JonesJohanne RosnickSydney ParraAnnelies DeweerdtRobyn TaylorAbby RemaleyMackenzie GannonAlice LeeLaura MoralesClaudia AlecchiGabi LeibowitzMeghan Bordeaux
Claire SimmondsKaitlin HopkinsMaura Knowles (Understudy)Kaitlin HopkinsAlissa-Nicole KoblentzSara Shelby-MartinRenee SteinMonique DonathLinzi Joy BokorTaylor BurkeyApril Townsend (Choreographer)Dale MagnusonMichelle Wen-LeeVictoria BrennanFaye Smith / Abby HarknessHannah ZoldJodie LangelYvette Robinson / Nadine CoxKimberly LarkinAllison ReedPaulette OlivaSandra SwagersSarah PollardDevon FlackTerri-Jo Ramia--Ester Bartomeu / Anabel TotusausÚrsula CarranzaRae HendersonHolly Haines
AlanIsaac Calpito--Joel EcholsHarrison MeloenyClayton YounkinAlex Dvorak (Peter Alternate)Gareth IsaacJake ZinkeSean RyanMichael ClelandAdam GreczkowskiRyan HirstLouis PattersonJustin MiddletonJoe WintersRic DucosinJordan Lee Davies / Adam BaileyKevin Necciai-Kurt McManus--James DixHunter NiemeierLeander TannerAlex WyseMarc AndurellGerson BorjaChris RuettenAndy Schoepke
ZachMike CannonReed PrescottNils MontanChristopher HigginsTyler DonahueNicholas Fedele (Understudy Jason, Lucas)Jared JekyllAndrew EnglandJeff MillsAyo ObayanEric CongdonRyan RichardsonTom SimsBen HuttMahlon RaoufiLaurence LondonDean John-Wilson / David AlburyJoey LozadaLucas AndersenAdam SalazarGlenn MoermanAdam WanstallLucas ConnellChris DaCostaCasey GarvinJoan MasCristián CovarrubiasChris BonaTyler Young
KyraKearran Giovani--Carmel EcholsKatherine WashingtonHannah Rose GuilloryLouisa ZhuAmy ToledanoCatherine CrawfordLauren ParrowClaudia DibbsAnne FowlerLauren SheristonBethan WallbankBrogan Hollindrake / Faye McGuireSasha Wakefield--Fia Houston-Hamilton / Jemma GeanausBrittane RoweAllison ReedNatalia FogartySara StubbeRose ThickettAnisa ThrelkeldAnnie Fabiano--Clara GispertVera Perez-LunaAlex SladeMariah Thornton
RoryLindsay Scott--Anna RoseKelsey HainlenBeth AlbrightSarah Thorpe (Understudy Nadia, Tanya)Emma CooperthwaiteMelissa TorokShireen MatloubiehMaggie Martin (Assistant Choreographer)Liz SwanKelly TaylorEmily Ambrygrose--Annella KaineKali RosendoDan Krikler / Ashley AndrewsTiffany Springle--Kaitlin FerraraEvy Stroef--Carys JeffreyLauren Kovacic--Gerard Mínguez--Samantha Wynn Greenstone IAmanda Bishop
Lucian----Lucian Piane--------------------------------------------------Nyk Sutter
Stacey / Rose--Sierra Rein (Understudy Nadia)------------------------------Haley Ganis----------------------
Chad / Rick--Jason Henkel (Understudy Peter)------------------------------Michael Landreth----------------------
Travis / Tommy--Matt Huhn--------Mike Kalaf ----Jacob Cooper (Male understudy)----------------Jody Mullen----------------------
Brittany / Sarah--Tassa Hampton--------Isabella Wong Leung------------------------------------------Kellan McQueen
Mark / Mary--Joe Pinzon------------------------------------------------------
Sam--Natalie Avital--------Ashley Adkins--------------------------------------------
Ensemble--Richard Hellstern------David Alves (Alan Alternate, Understudy Peter)----Eric Johnson, Lucy Roberts,--------------------
  • Ashley Gilmour
  • Daniel Hope
  • Charlotte Jeffery
  • Annie Kitchen
  • Alison Pope
Haley Ganis (Ivy Understudy)--
  • Mellisa Trainor
  • Stephanie Savino
  • Darian Marchetto
  • Travis Amiel
  • Thomas Oliverio
  • Analise Rios
----
  • Catherine Daymude
  • Lydia Flock
  • Emma Clinch
  • Chandler Harrelson
  • Jarred Lord
  • Kaitlin Reynell
--
  • Desirée Moreno
  • Gara Roda
  • Joan L. Santos
----
Ensemble/Understudy--Shaun Hudson (understudy Matt)------Cory Strong (Understudy Matt, Priest, Zach)--------------------------------------Edu Lacueva (male swing)------
Ensemble/Understudy----------Emma Van Buskirk (Understudy Diane, Rory)----------------------Michael Landreth (Male Swing)--------------Helena Jara Moscoso (female swing)------

Album[edit]

An 11-song CD sampler featuring the 2004 New York cast was offered to every ticket buyer during the final performances of the off-Broadway run. The full studio album from Bare, produced by Deborah Lurie and Casey Stone, was released on October 30, 2007 as a three-disc CD + DVD set. The album can be purchased on Amazon.com. The current 2012-2013 revival will be releasing a cast album soon.[8]

bare the musical[edit]

bare the musical
Bare the musical Off-Broadway production 2012 cover art.jpg
bare the musical 2012 Off-Broadway Cover Art
MusicDamon Intrabartolo
additional music, Lynne Shankel
LyricsJon Hartmere, Jr.
BookJon Hartmere, Jr.
Productions2012 Off-Broadway

bare the musical, a new version of bare: A Pop Opera, began previews Off-Broadway on November 19, 2012 and opened on December 9, 2012 at New World Stages. The revised musical was produced by Paul Boskind, Randy Taradash, Gregory Rae, Carl D. White, Carollo & Palumbo LLC, and Martian Entertainment. Musical supervision and additional songs in this production were by Lynne Shankel and Jon Hartmere. The creative team included director Stafford Arima, Emmy-nominated choreographer Travis Wall, Tony award-winning set designer Donyale Werle, Tony award-winning lighting designer Howell Binkley, costume designer Tristan Raines, sound designer Keith Caggiano, projection designer William Cusick, and hair and make up designer Leah J. Loukas.[9][10][11] The musical closed on February 3, 2013.[12]

Changes from the pop opera to the musical[edit]

Reasons to stage a new production of ‘’bare’’ included a greater awareness of bullying, the movement to legalize gay marriage, and an occurrence of LGBT suicides in the years following the 2004 production. In a Playbill article, Stafford Arima, the director of the current production, expressed his reasons, "Because of the timeliness of what's happening out there in the world, and because we have an author who is alive and living and present in this world, it only made sense to continue to evolve the piece so that it maintained its heart and its soul and its…guts,”.[13]

Although the basic plot and message have remained constant, one of the major changes has been altering the format from that of a pop opera to a book musical. Jon Hartmere, who wrote the book and lyrics commented about that revision, "The biggest change [is] having more space to explore the characters," … "To know these characters a little bit better… you just need more room — you need more room for book scenes, and I personally just wanted to get under the hood and investigate a little bit further." [14]

Hartmere, Arima, Lynne Shankel (music supervision), and Travis Wall (choreography), analyzed the show with resulting changes that included making the St. Cecilia’s students’ relationships more complex, changing and removing characters, adding and removing songs, and incorporating current technology and social media. Although Damon Intrabartolo did not play an active role in the current production, Shankel consulted with him concerning the revisions in order to follow through with his primary intent.[15]

The team also added the start of Peter and Jason’s relationship, took away the roommate aspect of their situation, and transferred the song “Role of a Lifetime” from Peter to Jason. No longer overweight, Nadia has been made the school drug dealer, and angry outcast. Ivy has been made a transfer student and is now dating Matt, reasons that provide a stronger basis for Nadia’s anger. The students throw a birthday party for Jason instead of Ivy. The character of Peter’s mother was eliminated, with aspects being incorporated into the progressive nun Sister Joan. Also added is the character of Father Mike. Both replace similar characters from the original production.[15][16]

Musical numbers[edit]

The below list is sourced from Playbill.[17]

† Music by Lynne Shankel Lyrics by Jon Hartmere

†† Removed from song list prior to December 9 opening

Cast[edit]

The below list is sourced from Playbill.[18]

RoleCast memberNotes
JasonJason Hite
PeterTaylor Trensch
IvyElizabeth Judd
NadiaBarrett Wilbert Weed
MattGerard Canonico
Sister JoanMissi Pyle
Father MikeJerold E. Solomon
DianeAlice LeeNadia understudy
MadisonSara KapnerIvy understudy
VanessaAriana Groover
AlanAlex WysePeter understudy
BetoJustin Gregory LopezMatt understudy
NickMichael TacconiJason understudy
ZackCasey Garvin
Anthony Festaswing
Megan Lewisswing

Stagecraft[edit]

The inspiration for the set designed by Donyale Werle “came from looking at the way teenagers decorate and express themselves." [19] Applied to the surfaces of the set were 15,006 4 inch square photos that were provided through Instagram by fans, friends, and other sources. Additional inspiration was derived from stained glass windows in houses of worship, and Damien Hirst’s "Doorways to the Kingdom of Heaven " and "Lullaby, the Seasons ". The imagery of squares repeated in the Instagram photos as well as in major elements of the set was representative of the boxes that people put both themselves and others in, how people identify themselves and others.[20]

The costume design by Tristan Raines came at the musical from a different standpoint than what has normally been seen. Although there were still elements of a"uniform" or "dress code", Raines' explored how when given a template, how does one chooses to express themselves and break out of that said template. This caused the show to break down the visual barrier set out by a uniform and allowed the audience to see who the character really was. This aided in the goal of creating more character development within the story and allowed audiences to connect with the characters. The show boasted close to 150 different looks ranging from the fashionable, the "emo puppy dog", Pop diva inspired Virgin Mary, to thrifted steampunk Romeo and Juliet costumes.

The projection design by William Cusick included pre-taped projections as well as the use of live feeds from on-stage cell phones. The audience viewed the live feeds. Cusick commented about the use of the images, "We speak and read in images now in a way that, fifty years ago, wasn't necessary for theater. For a show like this, about images of self and identity, it is absolutely necessary." [21]

Advocacy[edit]

In addition to the exploration of issues surrounding teen exposure to sexuality, identity, and religion through the musical, the producers partnered with organizations that support LGBT equality including The Tyler Clementi Foundation, Athlete Ally, Human Rights Campaign, and Faith in America.[22][23]

They organized a series of talkOUTs, discussion sessions after performances, which were presented by representatives from the above foundations. The talkOUTs also included representatives from the Matthew Shepard Foundation, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), Empire State Pride Agenda, the Point Foundation, and Rabbi Michael Mellen, a former director of NFTY, along with the producers, creative team, and cast.[24][25] The producers, creative team, and cast also showed support for the NOH8 Campaign.[2][26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blank, Matthew “PHOTO CALL: Bare Revival Opens Off-Broadway; Red Carpet Arrivals, Curtain Call and Cast Party” playbill.com December 10, 2012
    "bare" is returns Off-Broadway for a limited run in June 2013 at The York Theatre Company. This production is produced by Sponge Theatricals and Midtown Arts Common as a benefit for the LGBTQ youth homeless shelter, Trinity Place Shelter. This is the first production of the show in NYC since the "Bare: the musical" which played at New World Stages.
  2. ^ a b "Jodie Langel, Chris McCabe, Jacob Aaron Cullum Among Cast of Broward's Bare, Damon Intrabartolo-Jon Hartmere Pop Opera". Playbill.com. 
  3. ^ Information on RTP and the season can be found at http://www.rtriangle.org/index.html and the video blog for the cast and journey to opening is at http://bare-at-rtp.tumblr.com - Assistant Directors: Keith Fitzgerald and Lucian Restivo and Stage Manager: Dexter Ramey. Watch the interview with Out and About after the preview on July 17, 2013 on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8Itb1oVmdk. RTCC Information is located at http://richmond.showbizradio.com/2013/08/6th-annual-rtcc-nominations/
  4. ^ https://www.facebook.com/events/589061117805739/?directed_target_id=0
  5. ^ http://www.playbill.com/news/article/177691-Damon-Intrabartolo-Jon-Hartmere-Pop-Opera-Bare-Will-Return-to-Los-Angeles
  6. ^ Bare: The Album - Performers
  7. ^ Glee Actress Lindsay Pearce, Payson Lewis and Jonah Platt Will Lead L.A. Return of Pop Opera Bare
  8. ^ Bare: The Album - Creative
  9. ^ Jones, Kenneth (19 Jun 2012). "Rock Musical Bare Will Open Off-Broadway in Late Fall; Tony-Winning Designer Joins Team". Playbill.com. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  10. ^ Rooney, David (11 December 2012). "Ill-Fated Gay Love and Hormonal Tempests on a School Stage". The New York Times. p. C2. 
  11. ^ "bare". Playbill (New World Stages). 5 January 2013. p. 17. 
  12. ^ Gioia, Michael (23 Jan 2013). "Off-Broadway's Bare Sets Closing Date; Cast Recording and International Productions Planned". Playbill.com. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  13. ^ Michael Gioia “Rock Musical Bare Strips Down and Explores New Turf in Off-Broadway "Revisal" Playbill November 22, 2012 p 1 para 4&5 retrieved January 20, 2013
  14. ^ Matthew Blank “PHOTO CALL: Bare Revival Opens Off-Broadway; Red Carpet Arrivals, Curtain Call and Cast Party” Playbill December 10, 2012 para 3 retrieved January 20, 2013
  15. ^ a b Michael Gioia “Rock Musical Bare Strips Down and Explores New Turf in Off-Broadway "Revisal" Playbill November 22, 2012 pp 2&3 retrieved January 20, 2013
  16. ^ Matthew Blank “PHOTO CALL: Bare Revival Opens Off-Broadway; Red Carpet Arrivals, Curtain Call and Cast Party” Playbill December 10, 2012 para 4&5 retrieved January 20, 2013
  17. ^ "bare". bare the musical (New World Stages). 19 November 2012. p. insert. 
  18. ^ "bare "Cast"". Playbill (New World Stages). 5 January 2013. p. 18. 
  19. ^ David Gordon “Instagram Laid ‘’Bare’’ Off-Broadway” "TheaterMania" December 7, 2012 para 4 retrieved February 1, 2013
  20. ^ David Gordon “Instagram Laid ‘’Bare’’ Off-Broadway” ‘’TheaterMania’’ December 7, 2012 retrieved February 1, 2013
  21. ^ David Gordon “Instagram Laid ‘’Bare’’ Off-Broadway” ‘’TheaterMania’’ December 7, 2012 para 7 retrieved February 1, 2013
  22. ^ “Bare Joins Sean Avery and Tyler Clementi Foundation to Combat Bullying” Playbill retrieved January 20, 2013
  23. ^ David Badash “NoH8: ‘Bare The Musical’ With Travis Wall Stands Up To Bullying (Video)” The New Civil Rights Movement, October 20, 2012 video at 1:43 Paul Boskind retrieved January 20, 2013
  24. ^ Michael Gioia “Travis Wall, Judy Shepard, the Clementi Family and More Will Take Part in Post-Show TalkOUTs at Off-Broadway's Bare” ‘’Playbill’’ November 1, 2012 retrieved January 20, 2013
  25. ^ Michael Gioia “Missi Pyle, Taylor Trensch, Stafford Arima and More Set for Post-Show TalkOUTs at Off-Broadway's Bare” ‘’Playbill’’ January 8, 2013 retrieved January 23, 2013
  26. ^ David Badash “NoH8: ‘Bare The Musical’ With Travis Wall Stands Up To Bullying (Video)” The New Civil Rights Movement, October 20, 2012 retrieved January 20, 2013

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