SF Bound 'BARE' Holds Invite Only NY Presentation 2/24 with Bean, Porter, Felciano, Doyle & More

Producer Randy Taradash announced today that bare, the original rock musical by Damon Intrabartolo and Jon Hartmere will hold an invite only New York presentation on Tuesday, February 24 in anticipation of its San Francisco Bay Area premiere in late Fall of 2009.

The cast for the reading includes Scott Porter (NBC's "Friday Night Lights", Altar Boyz), Matt Doyle (Spring Awakening, the CW's "Gossip Girl"), Shoshana Bean (Wicked, Hairspray), Manoel Felciano (2006 Tony award nominee Sweeney Todd), Kecia Lewis-Evans (The Drowsy Chaperone), Janine LaManna (The Drowsy Chaperone, Sweet Charity), Neil Haskell (Altar Boyz), and Alysha Umphress (2008 MAC Award nominee, Make Me A Song: The Music of William Finn).

The San Francisco production will be helmed by internationally acclaimed director Stafford Arima, whose previous productions include the Obie Award-winning Altar Boyz, currently in its 4th year Off-Broadway, the 2004 West End premiere of Ragtime in London, which was recognized with 8 Olivier Award nominations including Best Director and Best Musical, the international music sensation, Bowfire, and the critically acclaimed concert production of Leonard Bernstein's Candide by the San Francisco Symphony.

With music by Damon Intrabartolo, lyrics by Jon Hartmere, and book by Intrabartolo and Hartmere, bare has garnered a worldwide fan base through its best-selling 2007 studio recording featuring Doyle and 2007 Tony nominee James Snyder (John Waters' Cry Baby), a sold-out 5-week run off-Braodway in 2004, and its original award winning production in Los Angeles.

Set at a co-ed Catholic high school, bare explores the realities today's teens are often faced with - sexuality, coming out, drug abuse, acceptance by their peers, the Church and their family. Featuring an eclectic score that draws on a variety of styles of contemporary music and an exuberant cast of 13, bare is one of the rare musicals today not based on pre-existing material.

Theatre, schedule, casting and ticket information will be made available at a later date. For up-to-date information on the San Francisco Bay Area production of bare, visit www.bare-sf.com.


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