Bare: A Pop Opera Will Begin Off-Bway Run Oct. 27, Later Than Expected

News   Bare: A Pop Opera Will Begin Off-Bway Run Oct. 27, Later Than Expected
For technical reasons, Bare: A Pop Opera will resume performances Off-Broadway Oct. 27, two weeks later than announced.

The Los Angeles and New York City sensation was originally to have started at the new Dodges Stages in September, but was bumped to mid-October and now to Oct. 27.

A late-spring 2004 Off-Broadway developmental run of the show, set in the hermetic world of a Catholic boarding school, was cheered by fans. They recognized the sung-through piece as a kind of cousin to Broadway's Rent — pop and rock songs telling the stories of young people yearning to connect and be authentic in a time of great personal chaos.

The musical features as a rock score by Damon Intrabartolo with lyrics by Jon Hartmere Jr and a book by Hartmere and Intrabartolo. Bare "explores the pains and pleasures of five high school seniors at a co-ed Catholic boarding school as they struggle to grow up in these complicated times. Each of them question where they are in their lives. Answers are sought in the church confessional and in less formal venues including a stage, a rave, and a well-locked dorm room."

Kristin Hanggi directs. Casting has not been announced, but it's expected that some members from the spring 2004 cast will be back.

Bare was originally produced in Los Angeles and was supposed to run for 32 performances at an 87-seat theatre on Santa Monica Boulevard. Four months later, it had become a multi-award-winning sensation created by two 26-year-old writers and a 23-year-old director. In New York this year, Bare played 10 sold out weeks at the American Theatre of Actors (where Urinetown played its developmental run after the New York Fringe and before Broadway). Bare is produced by Dodger Stage Holding and Jack Grossbart/Marc Schwartz. Associate producers are William M. Apfelbaum and Amanda DuBois.

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