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Posted by LYLS3637 2012-11-19 15:16:50


Tonight is the first preview of the updated and re-invented production of BARE at New World Stages.

I would love to hear what people think after finally seeing it. For those like me who are going tonight, Judy Shepard will be speaking after the show as part of the production's TalkOUT series.

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Posted by MichaelDendy 2012-11-19 16:27:44


Can you please post a listing of the songs? That is what I am most interested in!

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Posted by MusicalDreamer 2012-11-19 21:09:18


Really looking forward to hearing the reviews!

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Posted by kadu335 2012-11-20 01:36:48


I just got back from the first preview.

Before I start writing, I would like to point out two things:
1. English is not my first language, so please ignore some eventual grammar mistakes. Thanks!
2. Before tonight, I knew VERY little about this show. I had never even heard the cast recording before, so I can't really compare it to the original.

Out of the gate, I have to say that the set looks A LOT better in person than it did on that press video. It's not an amazing set, but I felt it served this production well. It's pretty obvious they took a lot of influence from other young-oriented shows to design it.

Overall I felt like most of cast did a good job considering it was their first preview. I really liked the guy playing Jason... He did great with his songs and had the best acting for me. Unfortunately I cannot say the same thing about the guy playing Peter. I felt like he did an "ok" job acting-wise and I didn't like his singing voice at all. He also seemed a little too over-rehearsed... a bit mechanical at times. I felt the same about the actor playing the priest.

I'm a little on the fence about the choreography. I'm a big fan of Travis Wall but I felt his work on this was a little hit-and-miss... it was well integrated to the show in some moments, but a little excessive on others. At least it was well executed by the cast.

As far as the material goes, this show (or this production, at least) was very uneven. Some touching scenes followed by some really cheesy moments. The book has a lot of clich├ęs, but it also mirrored a lot of stuff I went through as teenager. I saw a LOT of myself (or my young self) in the Jason character. The score is not particularly memorable, but I did connect with a couple of songs.
I have a very strong feeling this show would've been a lot more appealing to me if I was a couple of years younger than I am, when this subject was more relevant to my life.




For the person who asked about the song list






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Posted by LYLS3637 2012-11-20 03:39:44


Saw the first preview tonight as well. I should probably point out that I've known the show extremely well since 2005, and spent over a year and a half trying to mount a production of it and ended up being in one as well. So I'm a huge fan.

That being said, after hearing of the complete re-invention of the material, I was able to lower my expectations going in. Thankfully, it seemed to work to an extent.

There are 8 completely new songs. The first being the opening "Million Miles from Heaven" replacing "Epiphany." The song fit the cast well, and some of the harmonies were gorgeous, but compared to "Epiphany," it was really underwhelming. As someone who went to a Catholic high school, the fact that "Bare" opened with a Mass really put you right into that strict, Catholic setting right off the bat. Without "Epiphany," the show's religious tone felt almost non-existent.

The next new song-- "Easy Girls"-- WOOF! An ode to horny, high school jocks everywhere, it's sung in the locker by Jason's basketball buddies who are forced to default to porn when girls aren't around. It felt like it was just an attempt to flesh out the chorus guys, and it completely took away from the action of the main 5 characters.

"Drive You Out of Your Mind" replaces "Wonderland" and it's actually the one replacement song that bests its predecessor. It's sung by Nadia, who replaces Lucas as the drug dealer of the group, and it's the closest thing the show has to a showstopper. Barrett Wilbert Weed (Nadia) is brilliant!

"You Don't Know" is a new duet between Nadia and Ivy, showing that even though these two girls are foes, they have much more in common then they realize. It's ok, nothing good, nothing bad, and the girls sounds very beautiful together. But when you notice that this song probably replaced "A Quiet Night At Home," it becomes a little frustrating to take in.

"Best Friend" is sung by Peter and Diane Lee as they prepare for the birthday party (Jason's birthday now; not Ivy's). It's comical and both Taylor and Alice have great timing. I was a little confused by it's purpose though, considering it doesn't move the story along.

"Hail Mary" will be the song that divides fans from this point forward-- guaranteed. It replaces "911 Emergency" in every sense of the word. Sister Joan appears to Peter as the Virgin Mary in a pot-induced vision. It's R&B/Soul infused, and even comes with a disco ball, and Supreme-like back up singers. I enjoyed it only for Missi Pyle's performance. She's funny, commanding, and really goes for it. "911 Emergency" is VASTLY better musically, but this scene works better overall because of Missi Pyle.

"What If I Told" is actually incredibly powerful, and may be the best new song in the show. It doesn't serve to replace anything per say, rather, it shows the audience what Jason is going through. How he's trying to reconcile his true self with what his father and church want him to be. Jason Hite (Jason) really shines here-- both as an actor and singer.

"You're Not Alone" replaces "God Don't Make No Trash." It's a tender and emotional ballad as opposed it's loud and joyous predecessor. It's basically a nod to the phrase "It gets better," and it succeeds on an emotional level thanks to Missi Pyle and Taylor Trensch.

I need to make a plea, right here and now, to the producers, director, and Mr. Hartmere... If you change ONE thing in previews, it HAS HAS HAS to be these new lyrics to "All Grown Up." God awful. Ready for this... the line "Life is there to interrupt" in the chorus is now "Fragile as a paper cup." Enough said...

The structure as a whole is very different. Instead of being mostly sung through, it now has book scenes, which serve Sister Joan and Peter very well. "Promise" is now just dialogue, which worked just fine, and all the Shakespeare is now spoken as well, which I was disappointed in.

Songs that were greatly missed-- "Epiphany," "A Quiet Night At Home," and the motif: "Hear my voice... I don't think you see me... And you think you know me."

I also had a issue with the character of Nadia. Not the performance-- the performance was actually pretty damn close to perfect. It's the change to the character itself. I found her to be extremely angry with none of the humor. Nadia used sarcasm and humor to deflect her feelings of insecurity about her physical appearance. I have no idea why this new Nadia was so angry. Nothing was said about it, except one throwaway line about her not getting along with her mother. She was also extremely hostile towards Jason throughout the show until the end when she provides him with the drug that he OD's on. (Another change that didn't sit well with me).

The bullying theme was down fairly well (although what the cool kids forced the outsiders to do felt awkward: lay down on their back and act like cockroaches in front of everyone).

Cast was pretty incredible-- Jason Hite (Jason) was fantastic. Taylor Trensch (Peter) may not have had the strongest singing voice, but given the new character of Peter that isn't as vocally demanding as before, he fit the role perfectly. Incredibly funny, charming, and showed quite an amount of emotional depth. I was impressed. Elizabeth Judd (Ivy) had a fabulous voice and is a good actress, I just think the character suffered in the rewriting of the score/script. Gerard Canonico (Matt) is the best Matt I've ever heard and seen. Great acting chops with a beautiful voice. Missi Pyle (Sister Joan) and Barett Wilbert Weed (Nadia) were my favorites. They managed to take characters that probably would have come across as hammy and extreme, and stole the show.

Overall, what I have a hard time understanding is why they felt the need to change SO much of the score. I feel like most of the music worked before, so why replace so much of it? I get the need to update it to the smartphone/Facebook generation, and that worked just fine. But the radical omissions overall were detrimental to some of the characters (Nadia) and themes (religion and family).

If you were not a fan of Bare to begin with, you definitely won't be a fan of this. If you are a fan of Bare, lower your expectations, realize you will not be seeing ANYTHING like the 2004 ATA production or 2007 licensed version, and you may find it enjoyable.

As I sat and listened to Judy Shepard talk about discrimination, hate, violence, and how the arts can provide hope and acceptance for younger members of the LGBT community, I realized this show needs to be out there. Whether it meets my standards as a fan is irrelevant. Its message is back, finally, after 8 years, and young people who knew nothing about it are seeing it and being moved by it. It's thrilling to think about.

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Posted by kadu335 2012-11-20 10:30:11


i was hoping someone would point out the differences between the two productions since I'm not familiar with the original.

It's funny that most of the songs I didn't care about are the new ones hah. The only one I actually liked was "What if I Told You". It was pretty good and well performed.

I also liked the actress playing Sister Joan. "Hail Mary" only worked for me because of her. "You Are Not Alone" on the other hand, was one of the cheesiest moments of the show for me... I'm not sure if it was the song or the staging (or both), but it didn't worked for me at all.

I also had a problem with the Nadia character. The actress did a great job, but I was expecting some sort of answer or background info that would explain her bad attitude.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-11-20 10:36:46


Kadu, english might be your second language but you're more articulate than most people here.

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Posted by kadu335 2012-11-20 10:44:18


well, thanks Jordan! I really appreciate that!

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Posted by DEClarke 2012-11-20 10:50:49


The lyric changes on the concept album in "All Grown Up" and "You and I" make me cringe. Your report makes me loathe "All Grown Up" now. That's awful. And the lyric changes in "Best Kept Secret" in the preview video are disgusting.

I've had a hard time listening to my 2004 Demo CD that I got from Sh-K-Boom and the 2007 Concept Album with all the news coming out about this new production.

With these reviews, I have lost all faith--no pun intended--in BARE. It sounds like garbage now. I guess they didn't learn from George Lucas. Way to kill a show creative team.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-11-20 10:51:59


I can't wait to get back into the city to see this next week. I have a love/hate thing with the show but I'm more curious to see this remounting than almost anything else this season.

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Posted by CurtainPullDowner 2012-11-20 10:55:29


Is there any nudity involved?

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Posted by LYLS3637 2012-11-20 11:05:51


Prior to "You and I" at the beginning, Jason and Peter are in a bed together (post-activity) and are wearing only boxers (short boxer briefs in Peter's case). In "One," Ivy's in a bra and skirt, while Jason is in a tank undershirt and boxers. Nothing too outrageous.

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Posted by little_sally 2012-11-20 11:20:44


It seems like they really streamlined the Romeo and Juliet stuff.

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Posted by ChanceEncounter 2012-11-20 12:09:31


I've known about Bare for a while, but never seen it, and only recently really started listening to the 2007 recording (which I adore) and watching various Youtube videos of productions (there's one of production Indianapolis with a Peter who looks exactly like Logan Lerman that's really quite good, done in a thrust with multiple cameras edited together). I was nervous after seeing all the complaints about the preview video (which I must admit I didn't watch) but after reading the reviews in here and seeing the song list I am cautiously optimistic. I'm upset by a few of the cut songs (Epiphany in particular and Auditions, because there's something about the singing of Romeo and Juliet that was really moving, particular the "My life were better ended by their hate than death prorogued wanting of thy love") but I'm still excited.

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Posted by LYLS3637 2012-11-20 12:25:14


Also definitely worth mentioning is original songs that have new titles and lyrics

"I Meant To Tell You" is "Ever After" with completely new lyrics

"Kiss Your Broken Heart" is "Touch My Soul" with all new lyrics

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Posted by zepka102 2012-11-20 12:27:38


I've been a huge fan since the ATA production. I didn't see it live, but do have the well-circulated video, and definitely found that production to be quite strong. It definitely had weaknesses that could easily have been fixed, but I think they had great songs that really gave us a feel for all of the characters. From what we heard before about changes, including dropping Claire, to the preview video on here, to what was LYLS said (thank you for the thorough breakdown), I'm kind of losing faith myself in what they've done to it. If what people say stays constant, I might have a tough time going... shallow, maybe, but it really had the elements to make it a powerful and emotional show.

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Posted by kadu335 2012-11-20 12:49:58


after all the comments here, I wish I could've seen the original. I didn't find this production great, but it's not terrible by any means either. I had a good time. If the original was better, I would've probably liked that.

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Posted by tourboi 2012-11-20 13:08:07


Here's what I don't get.

If you don't have faith in at least 50% of the show, why produce it? Why not create an original show? With all these (drastic) changes, it's not Bare. It may turn out to be a great show. But it's not Bare.

One hopes that when this thing is over (and hopefully for the folks involved it runs a while), that they continue to license the original (read "real") Bare. It's still on the list of show's I'd like to put up, but I only hold interest in licensing the original.

If this version completely replaces the original in licensing, and the original is lost... it's a shame.

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Posted by tourboi 2012-11-20 13:11:06


And why is "Rolling" (and footage that looks like a rave) on the show's main website if they're cute?

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Posted by divacb 2012-11-20 13:12:25


I will say, i love my bootleg of the original, but going into this knowing it has changed and with an open mind i really enjoyed it, and felt they did a great job for a first preview. over hearing some of the production people say that the show is not done changing and will change even more before opening(December 9th_. For all we know they will add some of the old staples in(hopeful). I am excited to see how the final product of this show ends up, being i know for a fact i will see this show a bunch of times.

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Posted by broadwayguy2 2012-11-20 13:19:22


The "real" Bare needed stream-lining and tweaking. This show is NOT "Bare", this is a loose adaption. I will see it. I will judge it on it's own merit. I will also judge it on the revisions. I know this was a mistake when I heard the words "Arrima" and "Werle".

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Posted by boggess 2012-11-20 13:39:00


I'm sad to hear that all of the Shakespeare is now spoken, some of the R&J- centered songs from the original were my favorites. Is Pilgrim's Hands (which I notice is still in the score) included in that? Is it a lot different from the original show's version? Also, how does the show play out now that the kids are no longer seniors?

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Posted by ChanceEncounter 2012-11-20 13:53:38


Ack, hearing that Ever After has been altered leaves me fairly distressed.

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Posted by little_sally 2012-11-20 14:11:49


I'm with you, boggess, the Romeo and Juliet stuff was some of my favorite in the show. Sad to see "Queen Mab" especially has been cut.

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Posted by CurtainPullDowner 2012-11-20 14:11:53


BARE was not about bullying. It was about the love of 2 boys, coming out and dealing with Catholic guilt. Why would you change the basic themes? And it really pains to me hear people say the score is so-so. Was it genius before? no. but it was a refreshibg inventive score and one reason the show still lives in memory.

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Posted by broadwayguy2 2012-11-20 14:29:56


It's because a certain director lacks a few absolutely basic abilities a director must possess, chief among these is interpreting a script and understanding it's style and themes.

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Posted by LYLS3637 2012-11-20 22:35:33


"Pilgrim's Hand" is sung (which is a bit awkward considering it's the only bit of Romeo and Juliet that's sung) and the end of the scene is different with Jason pulling a "Get Real" and pushing Peter to the ground in front of everyone following Peter's attempt to kiss him.

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Posted by WhizzerMarvin TrinaJasonMendel 2012-11-20 23:22:54


I saw it tonight and thought it was pretty bad. I will start off with something good though: The cast tries their hardest and for the most part are giving nice performances given the material they are asked to perform.

Taylor Trensch, who plays Peter, had a nice characterization, but he hit way too many sour notes. Like so many that I was cringing. Sometimes he would be fine for a phrase or two, and then would just lose his pitch. When he wasn't singing I actually enjoyed his performance more than the others so I feel really mixed about him.

Jason Hite (Jason) was a much better singer, but his acting was sort of bland. He doesn't have much of a character to work with- more like a cliche that never develops.

The two female leads fair better. Alex Wyse and Alice Lee have supporting roles that are minorly developed in act one, but then don't utter a line in act two. If you're not going to keep their characters going just cut their material in act one. The show is too long as it is.

The show/production sort of sucks. It's so derivative of Rent, Spring Awakening and the Carrie revival. The opening number is staged JUST like "In." The actor playing Ivy looks like Molly Ranson too, so I kept expecting her to belt out, "That's not my naaaaaaaame!" Everyone is angsty and edgy. Yawn.

The score stops the show dead in its tracks at nearly every turn. The first act was 80 minutes and NOTHING happened!!! So this gay couple is in "love" but can't tell the world about their feelings. Maybe if they sing a song about (or two or three or four or five) it will get better. The songs for the two males just repeat themselves over and over. It's so boring.

Ivy's big solo at the top of act two was boring and obvious. The actress tried her damnedest to sell it, but it barely got applause. The teacher sings a song to Peter in act two about how she is always there for him, but we already knew that. She has been established scene after scene as the teacher who cares, so by the time she tells us that in song it's beyond redundant.

SPOILER**************
When Jason dies he falls into Peter's arms and I so wanted Peter to yell out "Don't you touch him! How many bullets are left in this gun?!"
END SPOILER***************

By the time the plot actually kicks into gear in the middle of the second act I had completely stopped caring about any of the characters.

The worst character was Matt, who basically stalks this girl who's not into him and we're supposed to feel some kind of pity for him? He had this lingering subplot that received no resolution and just and to the pointless nature of the show.

I guess you're supposed to get choked up at the end, but after you see a gay-themed play like the brilliant Normal Heart revival, it's hard to find something so trite and cliched moving. The Normal Heart is much older than Bare, but it felt like it was written yesterday. Bare feels very dated.

Lastly special notice must be paid to the song "Easy Girls." All the mean jocks, who get to say faggot (gasp!) a lot, are streaming cam4 type videos and singing about internet porn. Talk about making "We've Got Girls By the Balls" look good! It was painful and embarrassing.

Overall I feel for the cast because they are doing their best and many of them show promise as actors, but asking them to rise above this material is more than anyone should be expected to do.

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Posted by After Eight 2012-11-21 00:36:06


The first act was acceptably entertaining, except for two egregiously awful numbers. The second was just a doleful slog. Many lapses in credibility and inattention to details in the course of the evening.

I do commend though, a bright and buoyant song in the first act, "Best Friend," which was like an echo of the cheerful, captivating musicals of once upon a time. All of a sudden, it was like hearing "Vive la Virtue," "I've Got a Rainbow Working for Me," or "Make It Happen Now," and for one brief, shining moment, I was utterly charmed.

If only the rest of the show had been like that.

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Posted by FlowerChild67 2012-11-21 03:19:57


I'll be really honest, I didn't even see the preview (I wish I did, but I live on the other side of the country :'( ), but I'm already disappointed with it! I think that cutting "A Quiet Night at Home", despite being one of my favorite songs, would have been forgivable, but making Nadia a drug dealer? The entire things about that character (who I happen to relate to a lot), is that her sarcasm and rude remarks are a way of deflecting pain. She's just not the kind of girl who would be selling drugs at all, let alone drugs her brother (who she loved) would use to kill himself.
Alright, now that that rant is done, Epiphany/Million Miles from Heaven. From what I've heard of the new song, it seemed a bit redundant (if that makes sense, since it opens the show). But the point is, we'll know these characters, and know that they are sort of rebelling against what they've been taught. As a Catholic myself, I feel like I'm sitting in mass just listening to the cast album. Which I think sets a great atmosphere for the rest of the show.
And don't even get me started on the cutting of Claire's character, not to mention "God Don't Make No Trash" (which is a tad cheesy, but it's still fantastic).
Like I said, I haven't actually seen it (I hope I get to, though!), but just hearing about these changes makes me flinch:/ I really hope either some things are changed, or I'm jumping to conclusions, because I adore this show:)
Oh yeah, and divacb- WHERE, OH WHERE DID YOU GET THAT??? Seriously, if you could please tell me, I'd love you forever!

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Posted by LYLS3637 2012-11-21 11:51:20


I'm sure most people know already, but the entire 2004 off-Broadway production starring Michael Arden, John Hill, and Jenna Leigh Green is online. The sound isn't as consistent as it is in the video of the final performance, but it's absolutely worth watching.

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Posted by kadu335 2012-11-21 13:25:41


This may be a stupid question but I'll ask it anyway...

I just downloaded a couple of songs on iTunes and I could only find the 2007 album on iTunes (I guess that's the only official recording that exists). In "Role of a Lifetime", is it Peter who is singing or is it Jason (like in the new production) but singing in 3rd person?

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Posted by boggess 2012-11-21 13:29:55


Peter has sung Role of a Lifetime in every version of the show up to this new one. I was disappointed that they gave another song to Jason, especially since Role of a Lifetime had always been Peter's big solo.

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Posted by kadu335 2012-11-21 13:35:37


I actually liked this song and the way the actor playing Jason sang it when I saw the show... I'm not sure I would've liked it as much if Peter was singing it (mostly because I hated the actor's voice)

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Posted by Dave516 2012-11-21 13:36:21


Kadu - it is Peter who sings the song in the original. I don't really understand how they could change it in the new version - half of the song is about how Peter can see that Jason wants this "white picket fence" dream with children and a wife and with him wondering how he might fit in...

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Posted by RippedMan 2012-11-21 14:14:47


I'm not really sure I want to see this. I love the 2007 album, but this just sounds awful. It sounds like old white guys trying to make something "edgy" for teenagers, so they just throw everything they can at it.

And why were there new songs by a new composer for this production?

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Posted by eperkins 2012-11-21 16:26:50


Just saw that tickets to BARE for next Monday and Wednesday nights are on TDF.

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Posted by tmbyru 2012-11-21 18:39:11


Can someone post a pic of the playbill?

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Posted by kadu335 2012-11-21 18:51:30


Here it is, tmbyru...

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Posted by tmbyru 2012-11-22 20:44:29


thanks Kadu

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Posted by Here I Am 2012-11-24 05:51:48


This is actually all pretty upsetting. 'Bare' has (or had, I should say) one of the most beautiful scores in recent memory. I can listen to the studio cast recording from start to finish, never miss a track and cry every time.

I hate hearing that so much has been cut, especially 'Queen Mab', 'A Quiet Night At Home', and 'Plain Jane Fat Ass'... frustrating!

And I'm sorry, there are a million amazing male singers and actors in NYC, why would they cast a Peter who can't really sing? Now, I can't judge because I haven't seen the performance yet, but these early reviews are making me really nervous to see it.

I guess those of us (which is most people) who were unlucky enough to miss 'Bare' the first time around will have to deal with this new version. It wasn't broken. Why fix it?

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Posted by dramamama611 2012-11-24 07:02:48


Well, it WASN'T perfect, and, indeed, had many flaws. It had everey teenage angst issue making it too full of hubris/sentiment. However, those fixes could have been done without a hatchet. (That being said, I adore the score) I'm seeing this next weekend, but, sadly, my expectations are low.

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Posted by broadwaypunk06 2012-11-24 11:34:31


I just saw the show last night and though there were some drastic changes to the original production I found that it worked. I related to it much more than the original to be honest. Yes I miss some of the original songs but I dont think the new ones are horrible. I do hate the lyric change to "All Grown Up." That was really the only thing I had a problem with. I think if anything they inproved the show by making a lot of the changes and even though they didn't tell the audience why Nadia was so angry it didn't bother me because I knoe a lot of friends that are like that and no one really knows why they are angry. They have some secret that they really don't wanna let people know. I mean her and her brother don't really have a relationship, she talks about her parents and how they are a little messed up and I feel that was enough.

I would like to go on with more but I'm on my way back to the city to see Drood. Last thing, both shows are very different but both shows hold theyre own but if I hadto choose which version I like better it was the revamped one. PLEASE JUST CHANGE THE LYRICS IN "ALL GROWN UP" BACK!

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Posted by LYLS3637 2012-11-24 12:15:13


I do agree with you that many of the changes did work for the show: Jason singing "Role of a Lifetime," the addition of Sister Joan, the aspect of ever-changing technology, and much of Peter's new dialogue and characterization.

However, a good number of drastic changes were severely unnecessary, and I thought made the show more flawed than it originally was: the changing of the opening number, the omission of Claire, and the addition of many of the new songs ("Easy Girls" being the best example).

It's one thing to omit pieces of the score, but to outright replace a good third of it makes zero sense, especially when the majority of the new songs serve the SAME purpose as the old ones. It seems like such a slap in the face to the man who created the show and had the original idea.

I did enjoy the show very much and agree that some of the changes were wonderful and inspired, but I just can not get over what they did to the score.

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Posted by RippedMan 2012-11-24 12:54:39


But who is the guy that made all the new songs?

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Posted by FlowerChild67 2012-11-25 03:47:41


Oh my god, LYLS3637: somehow, I didn't know that existed- thank you so much for sharing (even if it did cause me to be up at 4:30 in the morning, my phone screen an inch away from my face sobbing my eyes out!)

And for those of you who saw the show: I just got the score for bare, and All Grown up has different lyrics that I've only heard before once (a questionably legal recording of the LA production), and I was wondering if maybe they were the lyrics in this new version. It goes:
big decisions
wait in anger,
what if he says it's my choice too?
should have thought before he banged her,
taking one and leaving two.
(just the biggest difference, there were more)
Also, my phone screen keeps freezing, so I can't actually really see what I'm typing, therefore I'm sorry in advance for typos:)

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Posted by uncageg 2012-11-25 13:04:24


I see it tomorrow evening. Can't wait. I saw the original NYC production and a production in Denver 2 years ago. Own the demo cd and the studio recording. Not happy about "A Quiet Night at Home" being cut. Will I will be interested in is how well "Absolution" is done. Michael Arden's performance of that song when I saw it was devastating. We were jaw dropped. Going in with an open mind. Am very excited.

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Posted by LYLS3637 2012-11-25 13:44:29


RippedMan-- The new music is written by the show's co-orchestrator and arranger Lynne Shankel. She's also credited with "music supervision." Jon Hartmere (who is the show's co-creator and original librettist/lyricist) is still attached and wrote the new book and lyrics.

FlowerChild-- these *new* lyrics to "All Grown Up" are unique to this production, since they reference parts of Ivy's new backstory. They make you yearn for the not so subtle LA lyrics though

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Posted by uncageg 2012-11-26 22:59:19


Saw it tonight. My understanding is that changes are constantly being made and I am looking forward to seeing the end result.

The set is quite beautiful. The cast, as a whole is quite good. The voices they chose for the show are interesting but work. Meaning they are not al, the strongest but they work for this show. Taylor is acting the living daylights out of the part of Peter. I was quite impressed.

They are in previews so I am sure things will change. Wasn't crazy about some of the sound. Didn't have too much of a problem with the change in Nadia's character although she is now that bad Jewish girl in "Saved"! The actress plays herwell though.

All in all, at this point in previews, I say it is worth seeing. The story seems a bit more fleshed out, except why the preisst hates the nun. Didn't miss the mother at all and didn't miss the excluded songs from the original.

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Posted by ChanceEncounter 2012-11-27 00:08:44


Anyone heard anything about rush or what not? I'm trying to decide if I should just go ahead and get the TDF tickets or not.

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Posted by Junebug80 2012-11-27 13:13:57


Just curious, were there any musical/lyrical changes to "Once Upon A Time" or "Cross"? Thanks!

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Posted by dreamweaver3 2012-11-27 21:58:54


Yes - there are rush tickets. Here is the scoop:

General rush: $26.50 available at the box office on the day of performance only. Limit two per person. Cash only. Limited to the 18 front row tickets

I arrived at 11:00 for the 1:00 box office opening on the first day of previews - several others arrived soon after. By noon the line was pretty long - not sure all those folks got in.

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Posted by Steveno23 2012-11-28 17:39:47


I found this post so very uninspiring!

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Posted by ZiggyCringe 2012-11-29 00:27:03


What happened to Bare?

I loved the OCR of this show, but there is little left. I agree with most everyone on this thread, there was a really good show here once, but too many chefs in the kitchen ruined a
good dish.

That new opening number is dreadful, with Travis Wall's incredibly inappropriate choreography. High school students doing Martha Graham? Makes absolutely no sense. I really like his choreograpy for modern dancers, but this is show choreography, which should be dictated by character. I don't understand why the director didn't understand this, and make Travis go outside his comfort zone. There was a huge disconnect here, to the detriment of the show. The original opening number did everything an opening number should do: Set the tone for what is to follow. The new opening number makes you feel like you're in for a terrible evening in the theatre.

And the staging. Stafford had all the kids in the show staring at their cell phones everytime they made an appearance. We all get the point, teenagers are disconnected. But as a stage device? Tedious.

I do feel for Missy Pyle, who is doing an incredible job given her mediocre material. She was working her butt off during the "Hail Mary" number, and none of it played. Not her fault at all.

The religious aspect of the new Bare was lost on me. I'm an athiest, but I loved the original Bare because it brought the religion to the gay. This new version is like Mitt Romney trying to win an election: Pander to all sides and win nothing.

I feel like there was a really great show here, once. I was really excited about seeing it tonight, and was let down.









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Posted by mattyp4 2012-11-29 17:54:39


I was curious about this production, but I saw the original at the ATA & have fond memories of it. Sounds like there's no need for me to see this new incarnation. I don't want it to tarnish my memory of the original show!

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Posted by eperkins 2012-11-29 18:13:59


I saw the show last night, and liked it. "Liked" not loved. I probably would have liked it more had I not seen the video of the original and listened to the original EP CD (several years ago, so I've forgotten a lot of it). This version isn't bad, but they cut things that worked better than the new material they stuck in. And I was not impressed with Taylor Trensch as Peter. His acting was mostly good, but his singing was not. I did very much like Jason Hite as Jason; really nice singing voice and solid acting.

I'm going to guess that if you are a big fan of the original, you are going to find a lot of disappointment in this version. If you are totally new to the material, you may like it.

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Posted by rochisny 2012-11-30 10:51:30


Has anyone tried for rush tickets on a Sunday? The box office opens at 10am and I can't figure out how early I need to be there to ensure two seats. Does anyone know?

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Posted by neonlightsxo 2012-12-01 08:42:06


Easy Girls wasn't in the show last night. There is also no song list in the playbill now.

I did TDF and sat in row K on the right- great seats. Went to the box office around 1 yesterday to get a rush ticket for a friend, no problem. However it was all the way on the right in the front row (completely obstructed) so she asked to move and all was fine.

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Posted by After Eight 2012-12-01 09:27:17


"Easy Girls wasn't in the show last night."

Good. That's definitely a step in the right direction.

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Posted by uncageg 2012-12-01 13:09:55


Rochisny, I suggest you get there when the box office opens. They have been going fast.

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Posted by THDavis 2012-12-01 19:51:01


I got there at about 7:30 this morning and I'd say anyone who got there by about 8:30-8:45 was probably good for tickets (the box office opened at 10.)

As for the show, it's really pretty difficult to compare the productions. There were things I really enjoyed about this production. I thought that the duet between Natalie and Ivy in the first act was gorgeous and could probably hold its own as a single. Easy Girls was indeed not in the show. There wasn't a song list in my program so I can't refer to all of the songs by name. I did think that Are You There worked quite well in the second act as opposed to the first, however there still was that desire to have some crossover between Matt and Peter toward the end of the song. They're just in their own worlds singing.

Part of the problem with this show is that it's hard to tell where it's going and what makes you care. So much of the material has been cut, reworked, or moved to a different part of the show that you're left wondering what about the characters you're supposed to carry with you throughout the show. Hite's performance to me was a bit dull at times even though he was giving plenty of energy trying to sell his character. Again, he leaves the audience with a sour impression from nearly the beginning of the show and it's hard to feel much for his pain as you may have in prior productions.

Trensch (sp? I don't have my Playbill in front of me) did an excellent job. I didn't observe any pitch issues at all, though his tone is a bit bizarre for the traditional take on this role. Overall, he does a great job getting you to care for this quirky, awkward young man. The only thing I didn't get much from with him was his discomfort with the situation. With Role of a Lifetime being taken away from him, he just keeps hitting you over and over again with his desire to have both him and Jason come out.

This review is very casual and messy, I know. All in all, I think that if you took 15-20% of this new production and worked/reworked it with 80% of the original, it'd be a very beautiful piece.

And kudos to the actress playing Diane. A bit predictable, but hilarious.

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Posted by THDavis 2012-12-01 19:51:03


I got there at about 7:30 this morning and I'd say anyone who got there by about 8:30-8:45 was probably good for tickets (the box office opened at 10.)

As for the show, it's really pretty difficult to compare the productions. There were things I really enjoyed about this production. I thought that the duet between Natalie and Ivy in the first act was gorgeous and could probably hold its own as a single. Easy Girls was indeed not in the show. There wasn't a song list in my program so I can't refer to all of the songs by name. I did think that Are You There worked quite well in the second act as opposed to the first, however there still was that desire to have some crossover between Matt and Peter toward the end of the song. They're just in their own worlds singing.

Part of the problem with this show is that it's hard to tell where it's going and what makes you care. So much of the material has been cut, reworked, or moved to a different part of the show that you're left wondering what about the characters you're supposed to carry with you throughout the show. Hite's performance to me was a bit dull at times even though he was giving plenty of energy trying to sell his character. Again, he leaves the audience with a sour impression from nearly the beginning of the show and it's hard to feel much for his pain as you may have in prior productions.

Trensch (sp? I don't have my Playbill in front of me) did an excellent job. I didn't observe any pitch issues at all, though his tone is a bit bizarre for the traditional take on this role. Overall, he does a great job getting you to care for this quirky, awkward young man. The only thing I didn't get much from with him was his discomfort with the situation. With Role of a Lifetime being taken away from him, he just keeps hitting you over and over again with his desire to have both him and Jason come out.

This review is very casual and messy, I know. All in all, I think that if you took 15-20% of this new production and worked/reworked it with 80% of the original, it'd be a very beautiful piece.

And kudos to the actress playing Diane. A bit predictable, but hilarious.

EDIT: I'd also like to note that one of the most annoying parts of this production is the changing of lyrics for what appears to be no reason. Unless there are certain agreements they had with Intrabartolo (sp?), they've revised almost every lyric in the show but kept the music relatively the same. Going into it knowing the original, it gets on your nerves.

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Posted by everythingtaboo 2012-12-02 17:32:35


I'd love to hear reactions of people who don't have any awareness of this show's previous incarnations.

I feel like people are so busy trying to keep it a museum piece (even though it's never had anything other than short runs and is cult status at best) is shooting Bare in the foot rather than open it up new audiences that may better respond to a new, more easily accessible version.

Even that is better than than another musical based off your Netflix cue.

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Posted by Broadway Local 2012-12-02 18:38:37


Here's my $0.02, taboo: We saw it Friday, not knowing much more than what's in this thread. Really liked it. And then I watched the YouTube videos today (thanks LYLS3637!) and reread this thread, so now some of the in-depth comments make more sense.

I guess I'm somewhere in the middle. I think the new story is slimmed down and changed in both good and bad ways. Good in that they ditched the mother, bad in that they cut the rave and "Rolling." Good in that they revised it for mobile phones and social networks. Bad in that they took out a lot of the religious theme of guilt/confession/absolution.

I wish both this and the original more fully developed the Romeo and Mercutio angle (triangle?). And I wish both versions more fully explained why the repressed boarding school kids like their "love drugs" so much.

But it still packs quite a punch. And while it's not RENT or SPRING AWAKENING, neither is it GLORY DAYS or THE STORY OF MY LIFE. It's still thought-provoking and controversial. And it really does need to be onstage in New York in some form. I wish it a long life and hundreds more impassioned BWW postings.

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Posted by EricMontreal22 2012-12-02 19:19:31


I'm ki dispointed Easy Girls is cut just because it sounded so awful, a part of me was waiting to have a chance to hear it.

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Posted by dramamama611 2012-12-02 20:10:55


I tried to keep an open mind, really I did. Sadly, there was little about this rendition of BARE to fill it with.

1st the things I didn't mind so much: the choreography, I rather liked -- it wasn't traditional "b'way" and I thought MOST of it was interesting. I didn't mind Are You There in Act II, And Gerard Canonico (Matt) sounded amazing, but I've long been a fan of his voice. Lastly, I rather liked Jason singing Role of a Lifetime. Yes, its different, but it was the first time Jason didn't seem like an ass.

The things I didn't like: the priest/nun conflict, the lyrics that were changed, but almost never brought anything other than the original intent, Nadia being a drug dealer, the absence of backstory for all the kids, the fact that through most of the play it wasn't clear if Jason was just using Peter, and because of THAT, Peter came off like such a patsy, Trensch's singing at times was painful, the lack of relationship development of all characters, Jason's death (was that a rejected moment from GHOST?), the ridiculous amount of comedy, I missed the presence of the parents -- particularly Clair; the "cockroach" (oh, good god) and the bullying in general. Oh...and the set drove me nuts -- particularly the swinging "door" which seemed to serve no purpose.

And of course, that's all a shame as the cast is (for the large part) talented and obviously dedicated. The real issues here, IMHO, are both the re-writes and the direction. No, the original was not perfect, but this was more like TELLING us how we should be thinking -- it really doesn't trust as an audience.

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Posted by neonlightsxo 2012-12-02 21:41:05


@ everythingtaboo, I brought a friend who had no knowledge of the previous Bare. She didn't really like it, and her main complaint was that none of the characters were fleshed out/had stories and many of them, including Nadia, could easily be cut altogether. She loved Missi Pyle.

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Posted by THDavis 2012-12-02 22:02:27


I'd agree with many of the comments since my last post. If you were going into this show without any prior knowledge of the previous versions, you'd probably enjoy it the most. It's too difficult to not continuously draw comparisons, especially when all of the music remained the same but none of the lyrics are there anymore.

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Posted by rochisny 2012-12-03 09:51:18


I did rush yesterday (got there at 8:30 which was really too early, the people who showed up at ten still got tickets). I have never seen the show before and didn't know the music or story and I loved it. I can't compare it to any other version obviously but this show as it stands alone was very powerful.

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Posted by eperkins 2012-12-03 14:40:10


Personally, I'm not going to forgive them for changing the opening lyrics to "You and I," deleting "Hey little boy, would you like a ride, a lollipop, a puppy..." (fans know the rest).

Also not happy with what they did to "911 Emergency" either. Old version: Fun! New version: Whaaa??