Off-Broadway's Bare Will Take Part in "30 Under 30" Ticket Initiative
By Michael Gioia
Bare, the coming-of-age rock musical set in a co-ed Catholic boarding school that officially opened Off-Broadway Dec. 9 at New World Stages, will offer $30 tickets to anyone under the age of 30 a half-hour prior to curtain on the day of the performance only.
Producers of the musical announced that the "30 Under 30" discount will be available Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings with a valid ID. Theatregoers can purchase up to two tickets, and credit cards and cash will be accepted. General rush tickets are also available on the day of the performance, and only cash will be accepted.
Additionally, Bare will offer student-group $40 discount tickets for patrons purchasing eight or more tickets to a single performance with a valid student ID.
Stafford Arima, whose re-imagined Carrie was given an Off-Broadway life last season, directs Bare, a book musical that features music by Damon Intrabartolo, a book and lyrics by Jon Hartmere and additional songs by Hartmere and Lynne Shankel (Altar Boyz, Cry-Baby, Company). Intrabartolo is not attached to the current Off-Broadway staging, which began previews Nov. 19.
The cast features Taylor Trensch (Wicked) and Jason Hite as Peter and Jason, respectively, with Elizabeth Judd (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) as Ivy, a misunderstood transfer student; Gerard Canonico (Spring Awakening) as Matt, who longs for a steady relationship with Ivy; and Barrett Wilbert Weed (Lysistrata Jones) as Nadia, the group's always-discontented drug dealer who is also the sister of Jason.
New to the plot are the characters of Father Mike, played by Jerold E. Solomon (South Pacific), and Sister Joan, played by Missi Pyle (Boeing-Boeing), who oversee the high school's production of Romeo and Juliet. They replace similar characters from the 2004 staging — the Priest and Sister Chantelle, respectively.
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. Anthony Festa and Megan Lewis (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) are swings.
The creative team includes choreographer Travis Wall ("So You Think You Can Dance"), 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 Randy Taradash, Paul Boskind and Martian Entertainment and Gregory Rae 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."
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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