Damon Intrabartolo, Writer of Pop Musical Bare, Dies at 39
15 Aug 2013
Damon Intrabartolo, who co-wrote the coming-of-age pop musical bare – tellingthe story of two boys in a Catholic boarding school who are forced to keep their love in the shadows – died suddenly Aug. 13 in Arizona, Playbill.com has confirmed. He was 39.
Composer and co-book writer Intrabartolo collaborated with lyricist and co-book writer Jon Hartmere on Bare, which had a 2000 Los Angeles premiere. The musical quickly garnered a cult following and ran through Feb. 25, 2001, at the Hudson Theatre in L.A. It received the 2001 Ovation Award, Backstage Garland Award, LA Drama Critics Circle Award and LA Weekly Award (Best Original Score and Best Musical).
Following the Los Angeles production, Bare began an Off-Broadway run at the American Theatre of Actors (Chernuchin Theatre) March 25, 2004. It opened April 19, 2004, and played through May 27, 2004.
A re-imagined version of Bare returned Off-Broadway in December 2012; however, Intrabartolo was not actively involved. It retained much of his original score with additional songs by Hartmere and Lynne Shankel (Altar Boyz, Cry-Baby, Company).
A native of New Jersey, Intrabartolo was living in the Phoenix, AZ, area at the time of his death. He was working on several projects, among them a new musical titled Ride... a pop fable.
Bare continues to be staged across the world. A new Los Angeles production, under the wing of glory|struck productions, will begin Sept. 5 at the Hayworth Theatre. Bare received its European premiere in April at the Union Theatre in London.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.