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
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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. Bringing the Power of the Performing Arts to Everyone. Donate Now. TDF Login: Log in here to view current offers and purchase tickets.
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. At the heart of the story are Peter Taylor Trensch , the sweet, sensitive nerd, and Jason Jason Hite , the deeply closeted jock, whose secret relationship blossomed during a holiday break and must be hidden at school. While Peter itches to go public, Jason is vehemently opposed to doing so. Sadly, nowhere else in the show is the collision between the church and the adolescent discovery of self and sexuality explored with similar imagination.
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.