Wonderful story, great songs. Some of the cast have wonderful voices and performed the songs very well. But that did not detract from me enjoying myself. I liked this musical much more than Spring Awakening, but not as Great, moving story Fantastic cast. Stunning performance. I absolutely loved it! I really like this theater space.
About this show
A late-spring 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. 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.
Bare , also known as Bare: The Musical , is a coming-of-age rock musical with music by Damon Intrabartolo , and lyrics and a book by Jon Hartmere. It is a new version of Bare: A Pop Opera. The story follows a group of teens as they wrestle with their identities, sexuality and religion at a co-ed Catholic boarding school. As their final year of high school draws to a close, they attempt to navigate the complex road from adolescence to adulthood and must then deal with the consequences of their choices as they prepare to take the next step in their lives. Musical supervision and additional songs in this production were by Lynne Shankel and Hartmere. T Cork School of Music. The show went on to secure multiple A.
Like a high school counselor with a bucket load of empathy but too few concrete solutions to problems, the director Stafford Arima appears to be specializing in taking troubled teen-angst musicals and trying to smooth out their kinks. The sung-through earlier incarnation can be seen in its entirety on YouTube. With music by Damon Intrabartolo and lyrics by Jon Hartmere, the show is now significantly different. It has new songs, expanded book scenes by Mr. Hartmere and additional musical contributions by Lynne Shankel. The fresh material serves mainly to provide enhanced context around the central couple. But the frame remains narrow, the characters and dialogue too generic to make the tragic story resonate as anything more than a dramatized tolerance lesson.