Rock Musical Bare Will Open Off-Broadway in Late Fall; Tony-Winning Designer Joins Team
By Kenneth Jones
Bare, the rock musical about teens coming of age in a Catholic school setting, will get a commercial Off-Broadway run starting Nov. 19 at New World Stages. Stafford Arima (Carrie) will direct the latest version of the show, which has had dreams of a New York City life for years.
With book and lyrics by Jon Hartmere, music by Damon Intrabartolo — and additional songs by Hartmere and Lynne Shankel — Bare will open Dec. 9. Shankel (Broadway's Cry-Baby, Paper Mill's Once On This Island) is music supervior and arranger.
Here's how producers Randy Taradash, Paul Boskind and Martian Entertainment and Gregory Rae bill the project: "Keeping secrets always ends the same. With a pulsating rock score, Bare is the story of a group of teens as they wrestle with their identities, sexuality and religion at a co-ed Catholic boarding school. As their final year of high school draws to a close, they attempt to navigate the complex road from adolescence to adulthood and must then deal with the consequences of their choices as they prepare to take the next step in their lives. Bare unfolds as a gripping and provocative new musical, where answers are sought in church confessionals, late night parties and well-locked dorm rooms."
Bare will be choreographed by Emmy Award nominee Travis Wall ("So You Think You Can Dance").
Tony Award winner Donyale Werle (Peter and the Starcatcher, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Paper Mill's Once On This Island) is the scenic designer. Additional design team and complete casting will be announced in the coming weeks.
Bare had its world premiere at the Hudson Theater in Los Angeles, CA, where it began performances Oct. 14, 2000, and ran to Feb. 25, 2001. Following the Los Angeles production, it began a limited run at the American Theatre of Actors (Chernuchin Theatre) on March 25, 2004. It opened April 19, 2004, and played through May 27, 2004. A hoped-for commercial run at that time did not transpired; a studio-cast album was released and the property was licensed. Bare has since had more than 100 productions worldwide.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on June 25. To receive a priority ticket announcement, sign up for the Bare e-newsletter at BareMusicalNYC.com.
Intrabartolo received the 2001 Ovation Award, Back Stage Garland Award, L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award & L.A. Weekly Award for Bare (Best Original Score & Best Musical). Other theatre work includes Ann E. Wrecksick & the Odyssey of the Bulimic Orphans and Plop. He is arranging the score for Anna Fernwood's The Marys (directed by Kristin Hanggi).
Hartmere has written screenplays and teleplays for Disney, East of Doheny Productions, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Nickelodeon and Sesame Street Productions. He was also a field agent on MTV's "Punk'd."
Shankel orchestrated and music-directs Paper Mill Playhouse's Once On This Island. She has written orchestrations and arrangements for the San Francisco Symphony (featuring Bonnie Raitt), the Dallas Opera Orchestra (featuring George Hearn), Tony Bennett's famed 80th birthday celebration at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She was music director/arranger for the Broadway production of Cry-Baby, as well as the resident music supervisor for the Tony-award winning revival of Company, for which she conducted the Grammy-nominated cast album. She was music director/arranger for the Off-Broadway hit Altar Boyz, for which she received a Drama Desk nomination for orchestrations.
Arima's directing credits include Carrie(Drama Desk Award nominee for Outstanding Revival of a Musical, MCC Theatre); Altar Boyz (Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical); Ragtime (eight Olivier Award nominations including Best Director, West End); Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living In Paris (Stratford Shakespeare Festival); Candide (San Francisco Symphony); The Tin Pan Alley Rag (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination, Roundabout Theatre Company); The Secret Garden (World AIDS Day concert); A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim (Boston Pops); Guys and Dolls (Paper Mill Playhouse); Abyssinia (Goodspeed Musicals); Bowfire (PBS television special); Ace (The Old Globe); Bright Lights, Big City (Prince Music Theater); and Marry Me a Little (Cincinnati Playhouse), among other productions. Upcoming and in development are A Separate Peace, the musical (New York Stage and Film) and Allegiance (The Old Globe, San Diego).
Choreographer Wall made his Broadway debut in the 2001 revival of The Music Man, playing the roles of Eddie Mason and Barney Hix, and understudying the young male lead, Winthrop. In 2006, he became the runner-up in the search for America's favorite dancer on "So You Think You Can Dance" (season 2), where he later toured with the top 10 dancers as the dance captain. He is a resident choreographer and guest judge for "So You Think You Can Dance," having created dance pieces, earning him an Emmy Award nomination. He was the assistant choreographer on the 82nd Academy Awards, choreographed the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards and and choreographed for the fourth installment of the popular "Step Up" film series ("Step Up 4"). He is working with The Oxygen network on his new docu-reality series "All The Right Moves," which follows him and his dance company, Shaping Sound.
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