Damon Intrabartolo-Jon Hartmere Pop Opera Bare Will Return to Los Angeles
By Michael Gioia
Thirteen years after its world premiere, glory|struck productions will present the Los Angeles return of the Damon Intrabartolo-Jon Hartmere pop opera bare, reviving the material for the first time in L.A. since its debut at the Hudson Theatre in 2000. Performances will begin Sept. 5 at the Hayworth Theatre.
Bare will be directed by Calvin Remsberg (L.A. premieres of Glory Days and F*cking Men), with musical direction and music production by Elmo Zapp (Spring Awakening in Concert). Jen Oundjian, whose work has been seen on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "America's Got Talent" and "Dancing with the Stars," will choreograph.
This is not the same incarnation of the musical that was recently seen at Off-Broadway's New World Stages; that version featured a revised libretto and additional material by Lynne Shankel (Altar Boyz, Cry-Baby).
As previously announced, the revised version has international productions planned, and a cast album is in the works.
A story of discovery, acceptance and love, bare, according to glory|struck, "centers on the clandestine relationship between two roommates: charismatic, golden-boy Jason and sensitive, soulful Peter. As the pair navigates adolescence, we see the consequences of secrecy unravel though their eyes and those around them: Nadia, Jason's sardonic twin sister, a hard-edged outsider; the attention-prone Ivy, who shamelessly pursues her obsession with Jason; and forlorn Matt, whose affections for Ivy are repeatedly rebuffed."
Bare will be produced for glory|struck by Topher Rhys and Jamie Lee Barnard, who recently brought the concert engagement of Spring Awakening to Los Angeles in support of Love is Louder, and previously developed Glory Days in Concert and the 2009 bare workshop to benefit It Gets Better and The Trevor Project, respectively.
Other members of the creative team include Andrew Orbison (associate musical director), Alex Seller (associate music production) and co-producers Stephanie Lazard and Elmo Zapp.
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.
Glory|struck creates "music-driven art that aligns poignant narratives with social issues. Through compelling stories and identifiable characters, their mission is to bring theatre back to our concert-loving roots – vibrant, guitar-heavy and loud – while using the music and its message to inspire collective action."
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