"Bare Nation" Program Will Offer Discounts, Event Access and Behind-the-Scenes Footage to Off-Broadway's Bare
By Michael Gioia
The upcoming Off-Broadway rock musical Bare, a coming-of-age story set in a Catholic boarding school, will offer "Bare Nation," a program that includes a chance for audience members to continue their experience with the musical after the curtain comes down.
"Bare Nation" will feature exclusive benefits such as access to producer house seats at a discounted rate to future performances; VIP and priority access to Bare events, including after-show parties; TalkOUTs and promotional events; priority access to digital downloads, including music and behind-the-scenes footage; and discounts from Bare retail and restaurant partners.
All participants will also receive an exclusive "Bare Nation" merchandise item that will only be available to preview attendees. To join, theatregoers are required to purchase a full-price ticket to Bare during its preview period, Nov. 19-Dec. 8, sign up at the "Bare Nation" table at New World Stages and visit BareMusicalNYC.com/BareNation.
As previously announced, Taylor Trensch (Broadway's Wicked) and Jason Hite, in his Off-Broadway debut, will star as undercover lovers Peter and Jason, respectively. Bare will also feature Elizabeth Judd (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) as Ivy, Gerard Canonico (Spring Awakening) as Matt, Jerold E. Solomon (South Pacific) as Father Mike, Barrett Wilbert Weed (Lysistrata Jones) as Nadia and Missi Pyle (Boeing-Boeing) as Sister Joan.
Olivier Award nominee Stafford Arima (Carrie) directs the musical, which will officially open Off-Broadway Dec. 9.
Rounding out the cast are Casey Garvin (West Side Story national tour) as Zack, Ariana Groover as Vanessa, Sara Kapner (Hollywood Arms) as Madison, Alice Lee (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) as Diane, Justin Gregory Lopez ("Law & Order: SVU") as Beto, Michael Tacconi as Nick and Alex Wyse (Lysistrata Jones) as Alan. Nick Laughlin and Megan Lewis (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) are swings.
Featuring music by Damon Intrabartolo and book and lyrics by Jon Hartmere, Bare will be choreographed by Emmy Award nominee Travis Wall ("So You Think You Can Dance"). Additional songs are by Hartmere and Lynne Shankel (Altar Boyz, Cry-Baby, Company). Music supervision and arrangements are also by Shankel.
The musical's creative team includes Tony Award-winning scenic designer Donyale Werle (Peter and the Starcatcher, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), costume designer Tristan Raines (Tribes, Murder in the First), Tony Award-winning lighting designer Howell Binkley (Jersey Boys, Memphis) and sound designer Keith Caggiano (Soul of Shaolin).
Here's how producers bill Bare: "Set in a co-ed Catholic boarding school, Bare explores the subject of teens exposed to the issues of identity, sexuality and religion. With provocative lyrics and a thrilling rock score, the musical demonstrates how today’s generation is forced to navigate, for the first time, the tightrope between adolescence and adulthood and how far they will go to keep their world intact."
Bare had its world premiere at the Hudson Theater in Los Angeles, CA, where it began performances Oct. 14, 2000, and ran through Feb. 25, 2001. Following the Los Angeles production, Bare began its run at the American Theatre of Actors (Chernuchin Theatre) March 25, 2004. It opened April 19, 2004, and played through May 27, 2004. Bare has since had more than 100 productions worldwide.
Bare is produced by Randy Taradash, Paul Boskind and Martian Entertainment and Gregory Rae.
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.
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