PHOTO SPECIAL: Looking Back at Bare's Off-Broadway Debut, With Michael Arden and John Hill

By Matthew Blank
September 17, 2012

Damon Intrabartolo and Jon Hartmere's coming-of-age rock musical Bare returns to New York City this November in a fresh production at New World Stages. Playbill.com looks back at the show's 2004 Off-Broadway premiere, which starred Michael Arden, John Hill and Jenna Leigh Green.



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.



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Michael Arden and John Hill
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The new production will star Taylor Trensch (Broadway's Wicked) and Jason Hite, in his Off-Broadway debut, 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.

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.

"In working with Craig Burns at Telsey Casting, the creative team was so fortunate to see a staggering group of talented actors from across the country," said director Arima in a statement. "I am thrilled and excited by this dynamic, fresh and exciting ensemble of Bare, who will bring to life this timely and timeless new musical."

As previously announced, Bare will begin previews Off-Broadway at New World Stages Nov. 19, prior to an official opening Dec. 9.

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.

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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