DIVA TALK: Chatting With Bare Star Missi Pyle

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11 Jan 2013

Pyle on opening night.
photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Question: I know the musical has lots of devoted fans from the previous production and recordings. How has audience reaction been to this version, and have you gotten the chance to talk to people at the stage door?
Pyle: Yeah. I've talked to a lot of people at the stage door. I've never experienced anything like this — the kids that come back again and again and again. I mean, there are several people who come… People come twice in a day — six, seven, eight times, and they just keep coming back again and again and again. And, a lot of people have said, "I was skeptical." … I tried really not to, especially initially, to ask people what they thought because I didn't really want that to color my perception of the show… A lot of people have said, "I really loved the first version, and I loved the changes in this one." I mean, for some people it was a little bit hard, as it would be for anyone, but I think that a lot of people — the general consensus — is that they really like the changes, and it still really speaks to them clearly. And, they just come again and again. [Laughs.]

Question: What do you think is the message of the musical, or what does it say to you?
Pyle: There are so many different messages… Jason [played by actor Jason Hite] just really felt like he was alone, and I feel there's just so many kids out there that feel that way… The idea that these things are so overwhelming, and that it's so overwhelming that you choose that you would rather not be here because you can't handle it, and the idea of, "I'm wrong" or "There's something wrong with me." And, [the musical says], "You are perfect just the way you are. You are created in the image of God. You are created in His image; you're a perfect child of God. And, this part of you is the heart of who you are." I really think, to me, that is the message… It's funny, you know, because being in New York, for me… I live in Los Angeles, and I came here by myself. Sometimes it's hard, and sometimes I find myself cheering my own march and singing at least a little bit to myself. [Laughs.]

Question: Do you have any other projects in the works?
Pyle: I did a pilot for TVLand with Ben Falcone and Elliot Gould, and we're going to find out soon if that gets picked up. And, I have a couple movies coming out, and I'm actually working on an album with a girl named Jenna Price out in California, and I'm going to do maybe a gig in the next month here—trying to do something at Rockwood.

[New World Stages is located at 340 West 50th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenue). Tickets for Bare are available at Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200. Visit BareMusicalNYC.com.]

Well, that's all for now. Happy diva-watching! E-mail questions or comments to agans@playbill.com.


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